Over in the Forest by Marianne Berkes
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Jump like a squirrel, dunk like a raccoon, and . . . uh-oh . . . watch out for the skunk! Children learn the ways of forest animals to the rhythm of "Over in the Meadow" in this delightful introduction to the woodland habitat. They will also count the babies and search for hidden animals. And when they see how each illustration is made from cut paper, they may be inspired to try cut-paper art, too.
 

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Marianne Berkes is the author of nine (and counting) award-winning picture books, all inspired by her love of nature. A former teacher, librarian and children's theater director, Marianne brings her experiences to good use, as she combines fact and fiction. Her entertaining and informative books are:· Marsh Music, Lerner Publications· Seashells by the Seashore, Dawn Publications· Marsh Morning, Lerner Publications· Over in the Ocean, in a Coral Reef, Dawn Publications· Over in the Jungle, a Rainforest Rhyme, Dawn Publications· Going Around the Sun, Some Planetary Fun, Dawn Publications· Over in the Arctic: Where the Cold Winds Blow, Dawn Publications· Going Home, the Mystery of Animal Migration, Dawn Publications· Over in Australia, Amazing Animals Down Under, Dawn Publications 2011· Animalogy, Sylvan Dell Publishing, coming in August 2011· Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek! Dawn Publications, 2012· The Tree That Bear Climbed, Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2012· What's in the Garden? Dawn Publications 2012 In Over in the Ocean, in a Coral Reef, Berkes created a counting book with a musical element, using the familiar song, "Over in the Meadow" as a literary technique-one that engages children actively and assists in the learning process. This book, illustrated by Jeanette Canyon in clay art, has won numerous awards and is on many School and Library Reading Lists, including Bank Street College of Education. In 2007 it won a Florida Reading Association's Children's Book Award. Using the same technique, this author-illustrator team released Over in the Jungle, a Rainforest Rhyme in 2007, which has been awarded an iParenting Media Award, a Mom's Choice Award, the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award, an IRA Teachers' Choice Award and the New York State Reading Association's Charlotte Award. Going Around the Sun, Some Planetary Fun was released in March 2008, illustrated by Janeen Mason and Over in the Arctic, Where the Cold Winds Blow, illustrated by Jill Durbin, was released in Sept. 2008. Both of these books received an iParenting Media Award, a Mom's Choice Award, and the Moonbeam Children's Book Award. Berkes' eighth book was released in 2010. Going Home, the Mystery of Animal Migration, illustrated by Jennifer DiRubbio, has already won awards from several environmental organizations as well as the 2010 Moonbeam Children's Gold Book Award and a Mom's Choice Gold Award. Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under, just released in March, is illustrated in cut paper art by Jill Dubin. Five different illustrators bring their unique talents to the beautiful art work in each of Berkes' books. Animalogy will be released by Sylvan Dell Publishing in August 2011, and will be illustrated by a sixth illustrator, Cathy Morrison. Berkes is a favorite presenter at schools, conferences and literary festivals, and lives in Hobe Sound, Florida with her husband, Roger. She is listed in "Something About the Author," and "Who's Who in American Education," and Who's Who in America."Her website is http://www.marianneberkes.com/.
 
Published September 11, 2012 by Dawn Publications. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Using painted papers in digital collage, the illustrator creates a quiltlike textured world for her animals, and many pages come complete with “stitches.” Unfortunately, however, a few of her textures fail to make the leap from the page—the crow is not really shiny, the lizard’s scales are painte...

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Berkes continues her series of wildlife books based on the popular tune “Over in the Meadow” with this work highlighting Australian animals and habitats (Over in the Arctic, 2008, etc.).

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Backed by music and ocean sounds, the text is read or charmingly sung by the book's multitalented author, or readers can choose to read to themselves.

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“Over in the Arctic / Where some creatures migrate, / Lived a mother snow goose / And her little goslings eight.

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Eye-popping artwork is the star of the show in Berkes’s lively, oceanic counting book, based on the classic children’s song Over in the Meadow.

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Berkes rounds out the text with educational backmatter: a list of the hidden animals, a section that reveals her artistic license, some forest facts, detailed paragraphs about each of the featured animals, the music and lyrics, notes from both the author and illustrator, activities to extend the ...

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Having already explored the ocean and jungle, planets, the Arctic and Australia, Berkes this time focuses her "Over in the Meadow"–derived lyrics on a temperate deciduous forest.

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