Thursday, March 31, 2011

Over In The Meadow

"Over in the meadow in the sand and the sun lived an old mother turtle and her little turtle one..."

How many of us remember this rhyme or song from our childhood? I couldn't have been more excited to find that Ezra Jack Keats illustrated a book version several years ago.

All of the classic animals are there in vibrant paintings with soft ethereal surroundings counting and buzzing as rhythmically as ever before.

Even the ratties which were my personal favorite as a child.

Even though Keats is most commonly known for his classics, The Snowy Day and Whistle for Willie, I really think that he had a special talent for painting animals and nature. His illustrations for Over In The Meadow seem to be a more sophisticated style of painting than his earlier picture books, and his contrast of colors and clean lines make this book appealing and distinctive.


  1. i've never seen this version! we read/sing this it.

  2. I like anything illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats, haven't seen this one before

  3. I totally remember reading this as I child!!! Timeless. Can't wait to share it with my own. (:

  4. I'm not familiar at all with a song or a book. Just as if you feel I'm missing something special. Find more nice tune, you will need to search for the best audio format to share with my kids.

  5. Its very interesting and informative and I enjoyed reading it. Thank you for sharing such informative post.