Elizabeth Hammil has joyfully collected, curated and got some of the world’s best illustrators to render nursery rhymes from the world over. Canadian Inuit illustrator Andrew Qappick, Native American artist Allison Francisco, Eric Carle have interpreted the poems in their unique way. Over The Hills And Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes From Around The World has poems from China, Africa, Latin-America, England, Jamaican, Australian, India, New Zealand, Canada and American.
There’s a nursery rhyme that goes:
Sugar and tea
And English toast
Out she goes
Carribean counting-out rhyme
Or a South African rhyme that goes delightfully like this:
Eena, deena, duna, do
Catla, weena,wina, wo
Each peach, pear,plum
Out goes Tom-Thumb
South African counting out rhyme
Or another gem of an English rhyme that goes:
Oranges and lemons
Say the bells of St.Clements
Pancakes and fritters
Say the bells of St.Peters
Two sticks and an apple
Say the bells of Whitechapel
Pokers and tongs
Say the bells of St.Johns
Hammil has for instance collated versions of Little Miss. Muffet from around the globe.
The book was supported by African-American storyteller called Ashley Bryan who gave Ms. Hammil a great deal of material and encouragement to go on. Eric Carle generously allowed the use of his illustrations for the ladybird fly away poem. Elizabeth’s own abiding love for children and her passion for helping children read from diverse cultural sources pushed the project onward.
The result is a rich tapestry of rhymes from most corners of the world that children will enjoy. They will also open their eyes to the many-hued usage and vocabulary of the English language by people living in different parts of the world, thus making it their very own.
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