Over the Hills and Far Away A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes from Around the World by Elizabeth Hammill

Over the Hills and Far Away A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes from Around the World

Written by Elizabeth Hammill

Baby and Toddler   3+ readers   5+ readers   Poetry    
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Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.

A fine collection of poems and rhymes from all over the world, collected together by Elizabeth Hammill, renowned for her support and expertise in the world of children's literature. A host of fantastic illustrators including Axel Scheffler, Robert Ingpen and Shirley Hughes have donated their work to support Seven Stories, a national archive of British authors and illustrators.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This is a beautifully presented treasury of nursery rhymes from English-speaking countries around the world. The collection combines a mixture of traditional nursery rhymes with verses from African, Native American and Maori cultures. The rhymes are accompanied by a diverse range of illustrations created by many artists, including Eric Carle, Shirley Hughes and Nick Sharratt. (Ages 5–9)
~ Andrea Rayner


Over the Hills and Far Away A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes from Around the World by Elizabeth Hammill

There are 150 rhymes in this collection, from countries all over the English-speaking world, including Great Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ghana, South Africa and the Caribbean. This comprehensive collection contains all the best-loved nursery rhymes, but also some new discoveries, and vibrant rhymes from Native American, First Nation, Inuit and Maori cultures.

Each double-page spread is illustrated by a different artist, who has donated his or her work to the Collection or Archive at Seven Stories, Britain's National Centre for Children's Books. With 76 featured artists, this is a star-studded roll call of international award-winners and world-class bestselling illustrators as well as emerging talent.


As a first treasury of nursery rhymes you won't find anything better than this charming collection of traditional chants from all over the English-speaking world... An exuberant selection for enthusiastic reading aloud.

'A lovely compendium of nursery rhymes from around the world.'

'What an adventure!... Elizabeth has made the world her subject and a happy razzmatazz she has made of it. May it enjoy a long, long life, generating fun for rhyme-lovers across that world and spreading the news of the growing fame of Seven Stories.'

'Children's publishers are increasingly looking beyond the UK's borders for the next big thing...Frances Lincoln's announcement that they will publish Over the Hills and Far Away, a collection of rhymes from around the English-speaking world.'

Every child, every young family deserves the chance to share this outstanding book


Sally Morris The Daily Mail

Marilyn Brocklehurst The Bookseller

Nicholas Tucker The Independent

About the Author

Elizabeth Hammill

ELIZABETH HAMMILL is the initiator and co-founder of Seven Stories, National Centre for Children's Books - Britain's first museum celebrating and collecting the UK's children literature. As Artistic and Collections Director, she laid the foundations for the centre's novel approach to exhibition design and interpretation in seven ground-breaking shows and for its unique and growing collection of original papers, artwork and books by modern British writers and illustrators for children. She drew on her earlier experiences as a primary teacher in New York City, a book-loving mother of two sons, and a nationally recognised children's bookseller in Newcastle upon Tyne, first at the independent Bookhouse and then Waterstone's. Elizabeth was a founder of the Northern Children's Book Festival. She has lectured at Newcastle University, and she has judged local and national book prizes including the Smarties Award, the Whitbread Prize and the Marsh Award. She also edited a unique literary magazine In brief:by teenagers for teenagers (1989-1998) and has reviewed and written features for many of the top children's literature journals in the UK. Elizabeth was awarded an honorary Doctorate by Newcastle University in 2006, an honorary OBE in 2007, and an Alumnae Achievement Award by her American alma mater Mount Holyoke College in 2009 for her services to children's literature. Elizabeth continues to write articles and chapters and is currently a Founder Patron and Collection Trustee at Seven Stories. She and her husband live in Newcastle upon Tyne. They delight in being grandparents to Joshua, aged three, and are book, music and theatre lovers.

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160 pages


Elizabeth Hammill
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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

2nd October 2014




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