Around the Neighborhood, A Counting Lullaby

Around the Neighborhood, A Counting Lullaby

2014/2015 distribution to 2Yr olds: The popular lullaby "Over in the Meadow" is reimagined in this fun counting book that visits the families in a neighborhood, including a mother and her child, a dog and his puppies, a spider and his spiderlings, and a mallard and her ducklings. Sarah L. Thomson's lyrical text is paired with Jana Christy's adorable artwork for a perfect read aloud treat.

ISBN: 9780761461647
Author: Sarah L. Thomson*
Publisher: Two Lions
Binding: Hardcover
Age Group: 24 months
*Maine-based

What does this book not have? There is rich rhyme, the chance to sing or hum, counting, and pictures with all sorts of hidden surprises. This is the kind of book that you can turn to again and again to engage your child in read aloud. Most important, your child can connect to the text and illustrations because it’s set in a familiar context for our Maine children. This connecting helps build your child’s comprehension skills, so important for becoming a reader herself!

If you don't know the tune to the folk song “Over in the Meadow" find a way to listen to it online. (Try youtube.) The music will help you sing the book or give your reading the nice rhythm the song provides. While you are thinking of singing, you might think about moving as well! Each animal action is one you can do with your child. Let her hop, pounce, and spin along with the animals. [Great suggestion!] Look to the final pages to revisit all the animals and the number they represent in the book. Count these animals with your child. She does not need to learn to count with this book, but when she copies you counting on the page and the order of the numbers, she is well on her way to counting. You can also talk about what animals live near you, which ones you like best, etc. After many readings, you might look for clues in the picture to what the next animal will be. The next animal is somewhere on the page! Explore the map in the beginning of the book and see if you can remember where the animals were in the neighborhood. For example, "Can you find the iron gate where the crows were? The orange house where the baby lives? The blue slide where the ladybugs were?" Look for the "Beyond Reading Aloud" section in a Raising Readers edition of this book for other read aloud ideas.

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