Over the River and Through the Wood: The New England Boy's Song About Thanksgiving Day Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-11-02 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 7 user ratings

"I have a string of Thanksgiving books that I read to my daughter and my second graders. These will be quick reviews based on the reactions of my daughter and students. I put the date the same for each book, but I really read them in the week leading up to Thanksgiving, and on Thanksgiving Day. Under the how many times I've read it category, that will be how many Thanksgivings I've used this book.

I love the style of David Catrow's art, but sometimes he's a little crude. This is funny to the kids so I always have it in my pile of books for free time reading.
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"This spoof of a classic song was engaging and interesting. The illustrations in the book were so bright and colorful that they would really help peak a child's interest in the story. Although I am unfamiliar with the original version of the song, maybe some of my students would be or it could be a learning experience for all of us. The pages of the book were mostly full of the illustrations with a very small section of the pages being taken up with words. I would read this book to the classroom as a read-aloud during the holiday season, but more specifically around Thanksgiving. The book can be used as a forum for discussion as to what we (as a classroom) are thankful for and a possible lesson could come from this book." said.

" Nicely done verison of the 1844 poem. Two page spread illustrations alternate between the family on their journey to the grandparents house and the grandparents making the Thanksgiving dinner. " said.

" I picked this up thinking it was a Christmas story but it turns out to be a Thanksgiving song. Very cute verses and old school illustrations add charm. " said.

" Notes:words to this song/story do not go with this book and it's pictures " said.

" Illustrations by David Catrow: I still enjoy the original poem, but these pictures just weren't my thing. " said.

" A humorous idea - pair a gentle, classic holiday poem with frantic, action-packed illustrations - that coaxed no laughter from the Hunter clan. I found it unnecessary. What did Child do to deserve such treatment, anyway? " said.

" The text is the classic poem. The illustrations are just not my jam. A baby on her way to grandma's gets all mixed up in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Cute idea, but drawn by an editorial cartoonist. Just too garish for me. " said.

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