Over in the Meadow

Jill McDonald, Illustrator, Susan Reed, Read by
Illus. by Jill McDonald, Barefoot, $16.99 (28p) ISBN 978-1-84686-543-5
Reviewed on: 01/17/2011
Release date: 05/01/2011
McDonald's buoyant mixed-media artwork creates a cheerful meadow of colors, textures, and animals in this version of the traditional nursery rhyme. Patchwork sheep "bah!" with their mother, music notes swirl out of the beaks of young robins, and a family of nine lizards basks "by the old mossy gate." Bright colors, swooping shapes, and smiling animals make this an especially friendly vision of the great outdoors. Musical notation is included, as are light details about each animal (and meadows in general) and a CD with music performed by Susan Reed. Ages 3–6. (Apr.)