Over the River and Through the Wood: A Holiday Adventure

Author

Linda Ashman

 

Publisher

Sterling Publishing

2015

 

About

Pack up the pooches and load the van.
We need to leave by eight!
There’s so much to bring.
Do we have everything?
Come on, we can’t be late!

 

The classic song gets a fresh new twist! The fun begins when Grandma and Grandpa send invitations to their far-flung, modern, and multiracial family: Come to our house for the holidays—and bring your favorite pie! Off everyone goes, driving down snowy roads, riding the train, boarding a plane . . . even sailing along in a hot-air balloon. As each family faces an obstacle that delays their trip, they learn that sometimes the most old-fashioned form of transportation works best . . . NEIGH!

 

Reviews

“A boisterous update of this seasonal song. The diverse cast, non-specificity of the holiday being celebrated, and all-too-familiar travel woes make for a thoroughly relatable and enjoyable story.” —Publishers Weekly (STARRED review)

 

“Ashman’s verses mostly fit the rhythm of the original song, and Smith’s digital illustrations are filled with so many details that repeat readings are required to spot them all. A rollicking fun time sure to be a hit with those traveling for their own family gatherings.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

“This celebration of the holiday and families of all stripes will be a great fit for group storytime.” —Booklist