Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Hammill, Elizabeth. Over the Hills and Far Away.

Hammill, Elizabeth.  Over the Hills and Far Away.     Random/Candlewick Press  2014 160p  $21.99  ISBN 978-0-7636-7729-9  all ages  Fairy tales  E     

Fairy-tale nursery rhymes have a universality about them that comforts children regardless of their nationality.  Their rhythms, repetitions, and rhymes have a uniqueness that allows them to outlast the more current forms of oral communication.  In the author’s own words, you are invited “to travel on an adventure in language, image, and imagination.  Along the way, you will find new sounds, new sights, new ways with words, new horizons, and a new delight in poetry and art. Share and enjoy.”

This is beautifully compiled collection of unique rhymes that are artfully depicted by a wide variety of illustrators.
 The collection touches on various nations around the world and is accompanied by illustrations that reflect the intrinsic nature of the culture.

An index, sources listing, and short biography of each artist is found at the back of the book.

Summary: “A treasury of nursery rhymes collected by Elizabeth Hammill and illustrated by more than seventy celebrated artists.”        

Picture books, Nursery rhymes                               --Linda McNeil

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