Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Over the River and Through the Wood

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Book Review - Over the River and Through the Wood

Over the River and Through the Wood
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About the Book
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.

My Take on the Book
I want to give a little background to this book. The original poem was written by Lydia Maria Child in 1844. She was a teacher and writer. The poem illustrated the memories she had of visiting her grandfather's for Thanksgiving.

Many of us know the poem as a song. The book has many verses that I had not heard before. It was a beautiful story and I encourage you to take the time to look carefully at the illustrations by Matt Tavares. You will see the city, homes, shops, games, clothing, etc of the 1800's.

This is a perfect Thanksgiving story!

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