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Over the River and Through the Wood, illustrated by Matt Tavares.I enjoyed this version of the dear Thanksgiving poem by Lydia Maria Child and illustrated by Matt Tavares. This version retains Childs original wording so it may be a bit different that the one that is familiar to many of us. I was very glad to read the original though I admit it was a bit jarring at times when the words on the page didnt match those flowing through my memory. A brief biographical note about Child is also welcome and interesting, as it mentions her involvement in many important social causes such as womens suffrage and the abolitionist movement.Tavares illustrations are pleasing, detailed and charming though I did not love them quite as much as some other reviewers did. They lacked a bit of warmth for me (or perhaps I just felt for the poor dog running along in the snow behind the sled, though he seemed happy enough!) and a few of the facial expressions didnt quite suit me, but all in all I enjoyed them. I appreciated the differences seen as the family travels from their home in town to the grandfathers house (farm) in the country.