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Over the Hills and Far Away

Over the Hills and Far Away

A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes

Illustrated by Various

Edited by Elizabeth Hammill


Over the Hills and Far Away

About the Book

A spectacular treasury of 150 classic nursery rhymes and new discoveries, featuring a star-studded roster of seventy-seven illustrators.

Nursery rhymes have entertained and comforted children for centuries. Over the Hills and Far Away is a unique collection of rhymes and verse from across the globe—rhymes from the English-speaking world as well as verse that entered English from Chinese, Latino, African, and other cultures. With illustrations from seventy-seven artists, many celebrated throughout the world, and some just emerging, this volume is truly an adventure in language, image, and imagination. A magnificent gift for little ones hearing these verses for the first time as well as a wonderful book for family sharing across generations.

Product Details

On sale: March 10, 2015
Age: 3-7 years
Grade: Preschool - 2
Page count: 160 Pages
ISBN: 9780763677299

Author Bio

Elizabeth Hammill has been fascinated with what Iona Opie calls the “international exchange and flow” of rhymes and verse for young children. Now, with Over the Hills and Far Away, she is able to present a wide-ranging nursery-rhyme collection that reflects these diverse voices and places them alongside traditional favorites. Originally from the United States, Elizabeth Hammill now lives in England.


A sumptuous multicultural collection of nursery rhymes includes art by over 70 illustrators.The diversity of illustration styles and subjects coincides nicely with the diversity of rhymes, which refreshingly move beyond Anglophone origins. Hammill's skills as collector are especially sharp in juxtaposing cultural variants of rhymes... Delightful. ... Never mind far away, keep this collection close by.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The careful juxtaposition of the rhymes highlights both their diversity and cross-cultural commonalities: versions of “Little Miss Muffet” from England, America, Australia, and Jamaica have the girl being frightened by a spider, grasshopper, wombat, and “bredda Anancy.” A rich and wonderfully varied addition to the bookshelf of nursery-rhyme collections.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

This artistically appealing compilation will delight both children and adults.
—School Library Journal

Hammill has clearly created the very first nursery rhyme collection of note for the 21st century.... If you own only one nursery rhyme collection on your shelves, own this one.
—A Fuse #8 Production (blog)

This bountiful collection of colorfully illustrated nursery rhymes showcases both the verse and artists.

Importing verses from all over the world and from a wide variety of cultures enhanced by beautifully illustrated pages by over 70 celebrated artists, this handsome anthology provides a diverse collection of poems that is a visual and literary delight.
—Literacy Daily

Librarians will find that the collection's broad appeal provides numerous opportunities for cross-curricular connections ranging from imaginative word play and artistic discoveries to creative Social Studies explorations.
—School library Connection

Over the Hills and Far Away is a visual feast for children's book lovers, a wonderful gift for any wee reader and, of course, an unbeatable baby-shower gift.
—Shelf Awareness