Over in the Grasslands by Anna Wilson

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"This cheery counting book features animals of Africa and their babies, including rhinos munching, hippos swimming, bees buzzing, and finally, monkeys sleeping. Follow the whimsical rhymes and vibrant illustrations as young readers count their way from one to ten on a safari-like adventure. Over in the Grasslands is a delightful way to help beginners count while they explore the wildlife of the African plain. A colorful two-page review of the numbers learned, along with drawings of the animals counted, is also included."

About Anna Wilson

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Wilson studied modern languages at Cambridge University. Vivian French lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has written dozens of books, including GROWING FROGS, also illustrated by Alison Bartlett. "I've always loved dinosaurs," she says, "and the fact that we know so little about them fascinates me. In my lifetime the experts have changed their minds many times over. Maybe T. rex will turn out to be a dragon!" Alison Bartlett lives in Bath, England, with her son, Joel. Together they search for dinosaur fossils but have yet to find one.
Published January 1, 1999 by Scholastic. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Rhythmic verses remain faithful to the original format of the traditional poem: “Over in the grasslands / where the sun shines late / Lived an old mother toad / and her little toads eight / ‘Hop,’ said the mother.

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Wilson's first book smoothly adapts the lively rhythms of the classic childhood song ""Over in the Meadow"" to the denizens of African plains: ""Over in the grasslands/ in the heat of the sun/ Lived an old mother rhino/ and her little rhino one./ `Munch,' said the mother.

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