Around the Neighborhood:

A Counting Lullaby (2012)
Around the Neighborhood:


Around the Neighborhood: a Counting Lullaby is an adaptation of "Over in the Meadow", the classic folk song that was first written down in 1870.  A mother and her baby baby set off for a walk around the neighborhood, and see numerous animals that a child might normally see in their neighborhood, such as cats, crows, bees, or ladybugs.  The illustrations were produced digitally, and are easy to recognize, with bright colors galore.

My only concern about the book is that the words don't always fit the traditional melody very easily.  If you're planning to share this book in storytime, or sing it to a group, be sure to practice ahead of time so as to make the words fit the music, which is included at the back of the book for anyone who doesn't know the song.

Don't forget to also check out my favorite version of the original by Ezra Jack Keats, Over in the Meadow, or the stunning video based upon the book by John Langstaff. 

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