Over The Hills And Far Away

LONGLISTED FOR THE NORTH SOMERSET TEACHERS' BOOK AWARD Poetry CATEGORY

A very beautiful selection of 150 nursery rhymes from around the world, this contains work from many different countries, all beautifully illustrated. This copy is the exclusive Seven Stories edition; other versions seem to have different covers!

Each spread is illustrated by a different artist in an incredible, diverse range of styles. Rhymes from different countries are grouped together, encouraging comparison and valuing similarities and differences between cultures. Northumbrian artist, Olivia Lomenech Gill's work beautifully brings together 'Hush-a-bye Baby', an English rhyme, and 'Little baby, sleep' from the Chippewa people of North America. Lucy Cousins lends her distinctive style to illustrating 'Rub-a-dub-dub', 'Three wise men of Gotham' and 'There was, was, was a little boat, boat, boat...' So many artists have contributed to this collection that it is a joy to look at as well as to read!

From the Seven Stories exhibition based on the book

From the Seven Stories exhibition based on the book

There are rhymes from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Canada, New Zealand, the USA, the Caribbean, South Africa...and many others! Little Miss Muffet ( Miss Julie or Miss Tuckett) sit on a tuffet (stoolie or bucket) eating curds and whey (mango or peaches and cream) and has to deal with a spider (Anancy, grasshopper or wombat) depending on whether she is English, Jamaican, American or Australian! All manner of rhymes are combined, making this an essential addition to any home, school or library.

 

The possibilities for using this in school are endless. Just looking at the version of 'Oranges and Lemons', for example, offers opportunities for research, map work, history/ historical events, use of rhyme, word origins... 

A real treasure of a treasury!