A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

English / Great Britain

Over the hills and far away.
A treasury of nursery rhymes from around the world

Hammill, Elizabeth (ed.)
Various artists (illus.)
London: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2014. – 160 p.
(Series: Janetta Otter-Barry books)
ISBN 978-1-84780-406-8

Nursery rhyme – Poetry 

“Nursery rhymes have enlivened my life for as long as I can remember,” says Elizabeth Hammill, co-founder of Seven Stories, Britain’s National Centre for Children’s Books. For this comprehensive collection, she has gathered a wealth of rhymes from countries across the English-speaking world. Readers can recite cherished childhood favourites such as “Ring-ring o’ roses” or “Hey! Diddle, diddle / The cat and the fiddle” and get acquainted with unfamiliar verses from many different cultures, such as the Trinidadian clapping rhyme: “Mosquito one, / Mosquito two, / Mosquito jump in de callaloo. …” The great breadth of texts is also mirrored in the illustrations: 77 artists have each designed one double-page spread. Bestselling and award-winning illustrators – e.g. Bob Graham, Emily Gravett, Ed Young, Piet Grobler, and Satoshi Kitamura – as well as young emerging talents bring their own interpretations to the rhymes and make this book a highlight for children and adults alike. (Age: 2+)