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Getting to know you! : Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites
Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979.
Uniform Title:
Musicals. Librettos. Selections
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2002]

Physical Description:
63 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm + 1 songbook (unpaged)

Format :


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ML49.R67 M86 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
ML49.R67 M86 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
ML49.R67 M86 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
ML49.R67 M86 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Wells turns her imagination and talent to introducing the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein to the very young in a one-of-a-kind collection that showcases 16 favorites from the musicals Oklahoma , Carousel, The King and I and South Pacific. Full color.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4, younger for reading aloud. Put a tune to the title, and you have both intent and content as Wells' familiar animal characters enact 16 songs from four Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals: Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, and The King and I. Wells notes that she selected the songs, which are grouped into three categories, for their relevancy to childhood experience and their depiction of the delight of discovery, elements that she evokes in her large illustrations (two or more double-page spreads for each song). Wells' palette is more intense than usual here, and her art is fresh and original: for "Oklahoma!" a picture of Papa bunny and his daughter planting seeds is followed by a full spread with bunny figures entwined in the letters that spell out the song's name. Some of the songs will be more familiar than others, just as some of the dramatizations are more literal than others. But children need not know the music to find the roundup delightful, and adults reading to kids will be hard-pressed not to break into song. A booklet with music and lyrics for all 16 songs is tucked into the back cover. --Julie Cummins

Publisher's Weekly Review

Rosemary Wells's beloved characters make their Broadway debut in Getting to Know You! Rodgers and Hammerstein Favorites, an oversize edition with excerpts from 16 of the duo's most popular tunes. One of Wells's signature bunnies, drawn in pastels, awakens in his bed to "a bright, golden haze on the meadow" ("Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' "), and chicks and ducks and geese really do scurry as a pair of straw-hatted ducks take out their "Surrey with the Fringe on Top." "Mister Snow" makes for a neatly complete vignette, but "If I Loved You" may leave youngsters stumped. Tucked in the back, a songbook offers the complete words and melody line to each tune. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-In a note, Wells states that "Children no longer know these haunting melodies and lyrics as we once did." Therein lies the problem. Although these 16 selections are immediately recognizable to the generations who were exposed to them, they may not be familiar to today's children. And although some of them roll deftly off the tongue when read aloud in a picture book, and some may have a lovely sentiment easily understood by youngsters, many, sadly, do not. While there is little dispute to the cleverness of choosing, say, a guinea pig to illustrate "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," as this little creature lathers up, rinses, towels off, and blows dry her fur, children may not see the humor in it that adults, remembering the movie scene with Mary Martin, will find. While few can quibble with the universal appeal of the words to "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," lyrics to "If I Loved You" may be more obtuse for a young audience. The book is slightly oversized, the colors are bright and well chosen, and the animals dance and cavort in their ever-appealing way. However, this collection does not translate smoothly to a picture-book format. A leaflet in an envelope on the endpaper has the music for all of the selections; it certainly helps, but likely will be lost after a few circulations.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.