Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.
Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale illustrated by Derek Anderson, based on the song by Lydia Maria Child
Published by Little Simon, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale is a fun board book based on the song “Over the River and Through the Woods.” Instead of a human family merrily making their way to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving, though we have a family of turkeys on their way to Grandma’s house for their (presumably vegetarian) Thanksgiving feast. The only problem is that a young boy and his dog are looking forward a turkey dinner, and this family of turkeys look like prime candidates.
Anderson did a wonderful job reimagining such a classic song. I’d never pictured a family of turkeys, but now I’m not sure I can picture anything else again. His recreation is made to fit very nicely into the song as it stands. The illustrations are bright, fun, and engaging. This has been Daniel’s new favorite book for a couple of weeks now, and as a result he is slightly obsessed with the song, now asking to hear the song before bed, and wanting to sing it all the time.
Definitely a fun Thanksgiving book for little kids. Highly recommended.
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