Over the River and Through the Wood: A Thanksgiving Poem
Lydia Maria Child
Illustrated with Woodcuts by Christopher Manson
Ages 4 to 8
North-South Books, 1993, 1-55858-959-7
A little boy and his parents are setting out for his grandparent's house on a cold snowy day riding in a sleigh pulled by a "dapple-grey" horse. Bells jingle and as they drive on the well known road the boy sees children playing on the ice, a boy fishing on the ice, a man pulling a load of firewood up a hill, and he sees the blacksmith working in his forge.
Best of all, the boy soon sees "Grandmother's cap" and it isn't long before the family is sitting down together for a delicious Thanksgiving feast.
Lydia Maria Child wrote this poem in the mid 1800's and it has remained a firm Thanksgiving favorite since that time. This beautifully illustrated version of the first six verses of the poem brings to life the special celebratory feel that we can all enjoy on Thanksgiving Day. The illustrator also gives the reader an intimate look at what life was like in the country on a cold winter's day in nineteenth century America. The richly colored and textured woodcuts wholly compliment the text.
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