When we were at FAO Schwarz we stopped into the Barefoot Books bookstore (the bookstore sells all of the beautiful and colorful books Barefoot Books publishes) and discovered Over in the Meadow, a traditional English nursery rhyme and counting song. It caught my eye because the illustrations on the cover had a cut-out look that was unique. Come to find out the illustrator, Jill McDonald, "finds inspiration in pattern and nature" and has a textile design background and the pictures in Over in the Meadow area digitally created using collected and painted paper.
It's a fun book to share with your baby or toddler because it reads like a song and there's an interactive element.
Over in the meadow in a snug beehive
Lived a fuzzy mother bee
And her little bees five.
"Buzz!" said the mother.
"We buzz! said the five.
So they buzzed and they hummed
In the snug beehive.
There's are crows, a muskrats, robins, toads, sheep and more, and it's fun to say to your baby the action of the mother and get that cute expression of a smile or giggle from your baby. Have fun teaching numbers and also different animals and creatures in the meadow too.
The book also includes a CD of the song Over the Meadow sung by Susan Reed which we will listen to tomorrow.
Check out other books from www.barefootbooks.com
Read to your babies every day, inspire a reader for life!
Isobella & Phoenix
P.s. We picked up another book at Barefoot Books and will be sharing that soon!