Over the river...

I love Thanksgiving. For me it's a time to enjoy family and to reflect on all the good in our lives. This picture book brings all that is good about Thanksgiving to life for me. Thanksgiving is so much more than the Pilgrim/Wampanoag story. It's a centuries-old tradition of celebrating hard work, the harvest, and family.

This is my favorite version of "Over the River and Through the Wood." It brings Lydia Maria Child's poem to life and in the back is the actual music and lyrics. We pull it out every year and play it on our recorders.

Over the river, and through the wood,
to Grandfather's house we go;
the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river, and through the wood,
to Grandfather's house away!
We would not stop for doll or top,
for 'tis Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river, and through the wood-
oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes and bites the nose,
as over the ground we go.

Over the river, and through the wood
and straight through the barnyard gate.
We seem to go extremely slow-
it is so hard to wait!

Over the river, and through the wood-
when Grandmother sees us come,
She will say, "o, dear, the children are here,
bring a pie for every one."

Over the river, and through the wood-
now Grandmothers cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

Suzanne  – (November 22, 2008 at 9:04 AM)  

One of our (me)favorite books:-) I love Lydia Marie Child's writings, one of the reasons I named my youngest Lydia.

Diddy  – (November 22, 2008 at 1:59 PM)  

So nice to see all the lyrics, with me only knowing the first verse. I had no idea it was a Thanksgiving song.

LisaZ  – (November 22, 2008 at 4:34 PM)  

Hi Sarah! Thanks for your comment on my blog. Yes, I've read World Made By Hand. Good book.

Lovey  – (November 22, 2008 at 4:39 PM)  

Oh we love this song too! I have been humming it for the last few weeks.

I love your new banner. Did you needle felt it?


Anonymous –   – (November 22, 2008 at 5:51 PM)  

Looks like a sweet book! The latest Ladybug magazine had that song, but only the first and third verses.

Crescent Moon  – (November 22, 2008 at 6:49 PM)  

We have that same book and read it (and sing it) every year. We haven't read it yet this year, but I am planning to this coming week.

Dawn  – (November 23, 2008 at 10:43 AM)  

We have to change the lyrics a bit when we sing this song...because Grandma and Grandpa live over the river and up the hill...there aren't any woods around here. ;) I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving!

Nicole  – (November 24, 2008 at 8:50 PM)  

So nice to see this book again! A favorite from my childhood, I remember playing the piano to the music in the book : ) what a nice memory, I will have to find it for my children.

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