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Over in the Meadow, A Singable Picture Book

Posted on: June 22, 2012

“Over in the Meadow” is a wonderful old folk song that lends itself well to adaptation (you can make up your own words for it, if you like) and kid singers get to learn beginning counting and math skills, rhyming, and the fun of a progressive song.

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Over in the Meadow (Barefoot Books)
Words by Olive A. Wadsworth
Words Adapted by Jill McDonald
Music by Mabel Wood Hill
Illustrated by Jill McDonald
Published by Barefoot Books 

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6ljGXMMB-g
Over in the Meadow
Sing-Along Video from Barefoot Books:
http://www.youtube.com/user/barefootbooks

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Other notable renditions of “Over in the Meadow”

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Over in the Meadow
Words by Olive A. Wadsworth
Music by Mabel Wood Hill
Words Adapted by John Langstaff
Illustrated by Fedor Rojankovsky

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Over in the Meadow
Based on the Original Version by Olive A. Wadsworth
Words by Olive A. Wadsworth
Music by Mabel Wood Hill
Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats

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Over in the Meadow
Based on the Original Version by Olive A. Wadsworth
Words by Olive A. Wadsworth
Music by Mabel Wood Hill
Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats

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Over in the Meadow (Classic Books with Holes)

Words by Olive A. Wadsworth
Music by Mabel Wood Hill
Illustrated by Michael Evans

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Over in the Meadow
Words by Olive A. Wadsworth
Music by Mabel Wood Hill
Illustrated by Mary Maki Rae

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Over in the Meadow (A Nursery Counting Rhyme, A First Little Golden Book)
Based on the Original Version by Olive A. Wadsworth
Words by Olive A. Wadsworth
Music by Mabel Wood Hill

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Over in the Meadow (a Counting Rhyme)
Based on the Original Version by Olive A. Wadsworth
Words by Olive A. Wadsworth
Music by Mabel Wood Hill
Illustrated by Louise Voce

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Over in the Meadow (An Old Nursery Counting Rhyme)
Based on the Original Version by Olive A. Wadsworth
Words by Olive A. Wadsworth
Music by Mabel Wood Hill
Illustrated by Paul Galdone

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Over in the Meadow (A Counting Rhyme by Olive A. Wadsworth)
Based on the Original Version by Olive A. Wadsworth
Words by Olive A. Wadsworth
Music by Mabel Wood Hill
Illustrated by Anna Vojtech

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I also love Raffi’s recording and adaptation of “Over in the Meadow” from his album BABY BELUGA, which you can preview, here:
http://www.amazon.com/Over-in-the-Meadow/dp/B0045PV1A4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339876134&sr=8-1&keywords=over+in+the+meadow%2C+raffi

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Song Information

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This Google Books link refers to Olive A. Wadsworth as the author and Mabel Wood Hill as the composer:
http://books.google.com/books?id=G9RcQgG5FIoC&pg=PT39&lpg=PT39&dq=who+wrote+%22Over+in+the+meadow%22&source=bl&ots=013O9Lc41h&sig=EJ8znYD0pkNDV7SbNpMBni2XuPo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7BzdT_TKCoKT6gH9u9C1Cw&ved=0CFcQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=who%20wrote%20%22Over%20in%20the%20meadow%22&f=false

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Kennedy Center’s ARTS EDGE lesson plan page for “Over in the Meadow”:
http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators/lessons/grade-k-2/Animal_Habitats.aspx

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An online guide for using “Over in the Meadow” in the Pre-K classroom, here:
http://www.decal.ga.gov/documents/attachments/OverInTheMeadow06-07.pdf

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Lyric sheet for Raffi’s adaptation of “Over in the Meadow” can be found here:
http://www.raffinews.com/files/album_lyrics/animal_songs_lyrics.pdf
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Songs for Teaching page for “Over in the Meadow”
http://www.songsforteaching.com/folk/overinthemeadowlyrics.htm

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KIDiddles page for “Over in the Meadow”
http://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/o015.html

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A Rebus Rhyme version of the song from Enchanted Learning:
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/rhymes/Greengrass.shtml

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National Institue of Environmental Health Services page for “Over in the Meadow”
http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/games/songs/childrens/overinmeadowmid.htm

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“Over in the Meadow” lesson plan from Scholastic:
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/over-meadow-lesson-plan

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The information above is just a select and small amount of classroom enrichment available “Over in the Meadow.”
Just Google: “over in the meadow” lesson plan
To reveal volumes of information and classroom materials.

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This song lends itself well to adaptations, for example:


Animal Counting Book (a Little Golden Book)
Traditional Words and Tune
Sing to the tune of “Over in the Meadow”
Scans and lyrics from this book at this blog post:
http://www.vintagechildrensbooksmykidloves.com/2010/12/animal-counting-book.html

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Bedtime in the Jungle
Sing to the Tune of “Over in the Meadow”
Words Adapted by John Butler
Illustrated by John Butler

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Deep in the Swamp
Words Adapted by Donna M. Batement
Sing to the Tune of “Over in the Meadow”
Illustrated by Brian Lies

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Little Goblins Ten
Sing to the Tune of “Over in the Meadow
Words Adapted by Pamela Jane
Illustrated by Jane Manning

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Out on the Prairie
Sing to the Tune of “Over in the Meadow
Words Adapted by Donna M. Bateman
Illustrated by Susan Swan

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Over in the Castle
Sing to the Tune of “Over in the Meadow”
Words Adapted by Boni Ashburn
Illustrated by Kelly Murphy

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Over in the Forest 
Sing to the Tune of “Over in the Meadow”
Words Adapted by Marianne Berkes
Illustrated by Jill Dubin

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Over in the Hollow
Sing to the Tune of “Over in the Meadow”
Words Adapted by Rebecca Dickinson
Illustrated by Stephan Britt

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Over in the Jungle
Sing to the Tune of “Over in the Meadow”
Words Adapted by Marianne Berkes
Illustrated by Jeannette Canyon

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Over in the Ocean (In a Coral Reef)
Sing to the Tune of “Over in the Meadow”
Words Adapted by Marianne Berkes
Illustrated by Jeannette Canyon

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Over in the Rainforest
Traditional Words and Tune
Sing to the Tune of “Over in the Meadow”
Words Adapted by Connie and Peter Roop
Illustrated by Carol Schwartz


The Pout-Pout Fish
Words by Deborah Diesen
Tunes by Various Artists
Illustrated by Dan Hanna
You can sing the rhyming text of this book to the tune of “Over in the Meadow

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Way Up in the Arctic
Sing to the Tune of “Over in the Meadow”
Words Adapted by Jennifer Ward
Illustrated by Kenneth J. Spengler

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Related Posts

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USEFUL TUNES IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/useful-tunes-in-the-public-domain/

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COUNTING

Counting (and math) in Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/counting-and-math-in-singable-picture-books/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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EARTH’S BEAUTY AND BOUNTY, STEWARDSHIP AND BEING GREEN

Celebrate Earth’s beauty and bounty, being green, and environmental stewardship with this lovely list of Singable Picture Books:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/singable-picture-books-with-a-green-theme/

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HALLOWEEN

A list of spooky, fun, funny and evocative songs for our favorite October Holiday
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/10/30/halloween-singable-picture-books-ooooooooeeeeeeeee/

2 Responses to "Over in the Meadow, A Singable Picture Book"

I just wondered about the tune. I found the 1906 book with Mabel Wood Hill’s music to “Over in the Meadow” but it is NOT the same popular tune as used by the Barefoot Books video and others. The next earliest tune I found was in the songbook “Music in Our Town” published in 1956 by the Silver Burdett Company, and also in 1957 in “Singing On Our Way” by Ginn and Company. An original edition of the Ginn and Company book was published in 1949 but I do not know if “Over in the Meadow” is in the 1949 edition. These two songbooks have the popular tune ascribed to “South Appalachian Folk Song.” I’ve also scoured copyright files and find not copyrights between Mabel Wood Hill’s version and the 1956 songbook. So, the music should be listed as Traditional. Unless there is something I don’t know.

Thank you for this great note and your wonk on the tune origin. I’ve had this on my list for a while to further track down the tune and if it was folk traditional or could be attributed to a particular person. I knew it would involve finding original music, playing and comparing it…etc…which is what you did do! I got the attribution from one of the books listed, I will go back through the copies I have (when time allows) to find which one made that attribution. Some of the books also offer a paragraph or page of song origin info. Will comb through that, too. In the mean time, though, this song is so universally sung with that one tune, and without attribution, that “Traditional” is definitely the most logical choice. I plan to carve out a little time for the project and will make the change…and with thanks to your work and contribution! Best wishes, Emily G.

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