“Magical illustrations accompany this introduction to mythical creatures sure to delight fantasy fans young and old.”
In the style of popular counting rhyme Over in the Meadow, Over in the Woodland takes readers on a journey from one to ten in a mythical woodland setting, showcasing creatures such as griffins, cyclops, mermaids, trolls, dwarves, fairies and more. At the rhyme’s conclusion, there is a two page spread giving some additional detail on each of the ten mythical species included to acquaint readers with some their primary characteristics. The Abreu sisters’ adaptation is pleasant and reads easily in the familiar cadence without feeling painfully forced to a mold. The dramatic style of Covelli’s illustrations has a rich and lush feel—complete with soft lighting and deep colors—and pairs perfectly with the mythical theme. The departure from classic children’s book depictions of the more commonly seen mythical creatures such as dragons and mermaids is notable and gives the reader the sense of truly being introduced to the mythical world.
Over in the Woodland, where the mythic creatures roam,
Lived a noble griffin pride that protects the Woodland home.
“Guard,” said the mother. “We will guard every home.”
So her young griffins flew where the mythic creatures roam.
With gorgeously detailed illustrations and rhythmic text, Over in the Woodland is a magical adventure sure to capture the imagination of readers young and old. Based on the classic children’s rhyme “Over in the Meadow,” this version replaces frogs and birds with mermaids, dwarves, centaurs, and other creatures of the Woodland realm. Count from one phoenix to ten griffins, and find the adorable baby griffin hiding on each delightful page!
Nicole Abreu grew up in California where her love of the ocean, sunshine, good books, and creativity began. She has a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University where she studied early childhood development. She has been teaching in preschools for children of all abilities for over a decade. She is passionate about creativity and helping children use their imaginations. Nicole lives with her family near the mountains, where she has learned to embrace the cold and seek out the sunshine. Her favorite time is spent hiking, running, reading, and making creative messes with her husband and their five wildly imaginative children. Find out more at NicoleandShar.com
Shar Abreu love of writing began when she received her first diary on her eighth birthday, and it has grown ever since. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University, where she discovered that writing children’s literature was what she loved best. She spent more than twelve years helping create award-winning language and literacy software for young learners and is passionate about helping children find joy in reading. Shar lives in Utah with her artist husband and their four adventurous daughters Over in the Woodland is the first picture book she and her twin sister have written together.
Susanna Covelli was born in a small town in Piedmont, Italy, and she has always shown a creative attitude. When choosing her university career, she decided to move to Turin and study architecture at Politecnico. After having obtained an MA in architecture, she followed her passion for art and decided to attend a specialization course in both traditional and digital illustration at Scuola Iternazionale di Comics in Turin. There, she experimented with ink, acrylic painting, oil painting, pastels, watercolors, and Adobe Photoshop. Her art expresses her own imagination and inspiration from nature.