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.
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.