Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes
From "Baa, baa, black sheep" and "Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack" to "Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree" to "Moses supposes his toeses are roses...," poem gatherer Elizabeth Hammill, who grew up with the unforgettable characters of Mother Goose, loves the "music, beat, rhythm, repetition, and rhyme" of nursery rhymes.
In this knockout-gorgeous British import (created to benefit Seven Stories, Britain's National Centre for Children's Books), an Inuit finger game, a Yiddish rhyme and other "tiny masterpieces of verse" from Jamaica, Australia, England, Scotland, South Africa, America and Trinidad will surprise and delight preschoolers. Peter Piper, Old Mother Hubbard and Little Miss Muffet take their place next to an astonishing variety of lesser known rhymes and verse.
A veritable who's who of much-loved artists--Bob Graham, Ed Young, Mo Willems, Ashley Bryan, Mini Grey, Jon Klassen, Lucy Cousins, Shaun Tan, Jerry Pinkney, Emily Gravett, Nina Crews, Satoshi Kitamura, Polly Dunbar, Charlotte Voake, Chris Raschka, Ted Dewan and many more--creatively interprets 150 nursery rhymes. Over the Hills and Far Away is a visual feast for children's book lovers, a splendid gift for any wee reader and, of course, an unbeatable baby-shower gift. --Karin Snelson, children's & YA editor, Shelf Awareness