Over the River and Through the Wood by L. Maria Child
The New England Boy's Song About Thanksgiving Day

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Matt Tavares's lavish illustrations illuminate this definitive edition of a beloved seasonal classic.

The horse is ready, the air is bracing, and everyone is bundled into the sleigh. So let the wind blow and the snow start to fall! This family is off to Grandfather's house for a delicious feast. Matt Tavares, with his keen eye for detail, fresh and surprising perspectives, and all the warmth and coziness of a big holiday dinner, illuminates the original text of Lydia Maria Child's verse about Thanksgiving Day, which has marked the start of the holiday season for generations of children.
 

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Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880) was an activist and writer of novels, pamphlets, and works for children. She often used her writing to advocate for slaves, women, and Native Americans. Lydia Maria Child was born in Medford, Massachusetts, where her grandfather's house, which she celebrates in her poem, still stands. Matt Tavares is the illustrator of many books for children, including 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS and Kristin Kladstrup's THE GINGERBREAD PIRATES. He is also the author-illustrator of several books about baseball: ZACHARY'S BALL, OLIVER'S GAME, MUDBALL, and HENRY AARON'S DREAM. Matt Tavares lives in Ogunquit, Maine.
 
Published September 27, 2011 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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At any rate, the illustrations -- soft sepia views of Grandmother and Grandfather preparing the feast, bordered by ornate facsimiles of photo-album frames and alternating with subtly colored double-page Christmas card scenes of the well-dressed younger family's sleigh ride and arrival -- are suit...

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Catrow (illustrator of Kathryn Lasky's She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!, 1995) provides a pictorially updated interpretation of the journey to the grandparents' house made famous by Child's song.

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1st, 2011 ISBN: 978-0-7636-2790-4 Page count: 32pp ...

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Wintry new illustrations recall the forgotten landscape of Child's traditional Thanksgiving travel song.

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Tavares (’Twas the Night Before Christmas) crafts a polished tribute to another holiday classic, this time a Thanksgiving song that writer and activist Child wrote as a poem for an 1844 volume. This

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Tavares (’Twas the Night Before Christmas) crafts a polished tribute to another holiday classic, this time a Thanksgiving song that writer and activist Child wrote as a poem for an 1844 volume.

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Like a Mad magazine satire in both illustration style and intent, this urban take on Child's pastoral ditty pokes fun at tradition.

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""Like a Mad magazine satire in both its illustration style and intent,"" said PW, ""this urban take on Child's pastoral ditty pokes fun at tradition."" Ages 4-7.

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