Elizabeth Hammill has collected nursery rhymes from around the world and has had them illustrated by 77 international artists in this gorgeous children’s book, published by Seven Stories, ‘Over the Hills and Far Away’.
Seven Stories was founded as a charity in 1996 by Elizabeth Hammill OBE and Mary Briggs OBE. They recognised that Britain needed an institution whose mission was to collect, champion and celebrate its children’s literature. They believed that it should be founded in a place where it could make a real difference to the children and families living nearby, knowing that early experience of books and stories is vital to childhood development and raising aspiration.
This picture book contains work by some of my favourite illustrators; Jon Klassen, Yasmeen Ismail, Gus Gordon to name a few. Each turn of the page is a work of art in a different style, with different media, with different cultural influences. It’s a beautiful book, one that I will treasure dearly.