Over the River & Through the Wood A Holiday Adventure
Written by Linda Ashman
Illustrated by Kimberly Smith
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Over the River & Through the Wood A Holiday Adventure by Linda AshmanThe classic song gets a fresh new twist! The fun begins when Grandma and Grandpa send invitations to their far-flung, modern, and multiracial family: Come to our house for the holidays! Off everyone goes, driving down snowy roads, riding the train, boarding a plane...even sailing along in a hot-air balloon. As each family faces an obstacle that delays their trip, they learn that sometimes the most old-fashioned form of transportation works best...neigh!
's verses mostly fit the rhythm of the original song, and Smith's digital illustrations are filled with so many details that repeat readings are required to spot them all. A rollicking fun time sure to be a hit with those traveling for their own family gatherings. (Picture book. 3-8) Kirkus Reviews Ashman and Smith collaborate in the creation of a unique family-gathering holiday adventure. Four families nuclear, biracial, adoptive, and gay head to the grandparents house for Thanksgiving. Coming from different parts of the U.S., the families make their ways to grandma s house via car, train, plane, and boat. But problems occur en route the car runs out of gas, the rental lot at the train station is empty, a tire goes flat on the airport shuttle, and so on. Luckily, in every transportation crisis, a one-horse open sleigh always manages to come to the rescue. Based on the familiar nineteenth-century Thanksgiving Day song, Ashman s galloping lyrics neatly complement Smith s lively traveling scenes, which are packed full of fun family antics. The warm full-color palette and cheery cartoonish faces add to the genial atmosphere, and humorous details peppering the backgrounds will be fun for little kids to hunt for. With singsongy lines and a repeated refrain, this celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday and families of all stripes will be a great fit for group storytime. Booklist PreS-Gr 2 This contemporary take on the classic song features a diverse, modern extended family. Four siblings race to get home for the holidays while keeping their pies intact. They all run into problems whether they are flying, boating, renting a car, or even ballooning. In each instance, they are rescued by a man in a sleigh. A variety of family types are represented: biracial, adoptive, and those with same-sex parents. The book is full of rhyming words and has a pleasing cadence. Illustrations are full of friendly facial expressions and moments of family joy. The predictable Neighhh on several pages will make this a fun read-aloud. VERDICT An enchanting spin on an old tale. School Library Journal'
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Sterling an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co Inc
5th November 2015
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