Over in the Grasslands by Marianne Collins Berkes
On an African Savanna

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Some brilliant and unusual color choices, along with marvelously textured and patterned papers, make the cut-paper collage illustrations pop. One wonders what habitats are left for Berkes to tackle; here’s hoping there’s a least one more.
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The African grasslands teem with classic animals. Children will "stalk" like lions, "squirt" like elephants, and "slurp" like giraffes! Plus they will count to ten and sing along to the classic tune of "Over in the Meadow" while learning about the animals of the African grasslands.
 

About Marianne Collins Berkes

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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 August 26, 2016 by Dawn Publications. 17 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.
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Kirkus

Good
on Aug 18 2016

Some brilliant and unusual color choices, along with marvelously textured and patterned papers, make the cut-paper collage illustrations pop. One wonders what habitats are left for Berkes to tackle; here’s hoping there’s a least one more.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jun 21 2017

...other images are less polished or comparatively cartoonish. As in the previous books, a closing section supplies substantial background on the setting and the creatures that live there, as well as a seek-and-find activity involving animals hidden throughout.

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