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Go in and out the window : an illustrated songbook for young people
Fox, Dan, arranger.
Publication Information:
New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art : H. Holt, [1987]

Physical Description:
1 score (144 pages) : illustrations ; 25 cm
An illustrated collection of sixty-two traditional songs.
General Note:
For voice and piano; includes chord symbols.

Illustrations from the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Includes index.
Subject Term:
Format :
Musical Score


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M1997 .G6 1987 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
M1997 .G6 1987 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Published in Association with the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

All ages. It would be hard to imagine a more attractive, well-integrated volume. Sixty-one favorite songs ``Amazing Grace,'' ``Dixie,'' ``A Frog Went A-Courtin','' ``Home on the Range,'' ``On Top of Old Smokey,'' ``Shenandoah,'' ``Yankee Doodle'' are presented alphabetically and illustrated with treasures from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. ``All the Pretty Little Horses,'' a lullaby of the American South, is matched with a brilliantly colored print of a circus horse by Matisse as well as an Egyptian carving of a prancing horse and a Japanese medicine box inlaid with a herd of horses. ``Home Sweet Home'' furnishes inspiration for Pippin's Victorian Interior II and a nineteenth-century, cross-stitch sampler. The songs (both music and lyrics are included) are traditional rather than contemporary and come primarily from America and England, while the pictures, jewelry, sculpture, photographs, and so forth span 5,000 years of worldwide art. Throughout, the book's salient commentary introduces the art, music, or both, often linking the two. This might be called an embarrassment of riches at times there are too many diverse pieces of art per page. A quibble, however; this thoroughly delightful volume will entertain the whole family and is one that librarians and teachers can use in a variety of ways. IC. Songs [CIP] 87-752208

Publisher's Weekly Review

This lavish, appealing compendium at first seems a little intimidating, but it's soon apparent that it has been edited with much humor and sensitivity. Workssculpture, needlework, oil paintings and othersfrom the Metropolitan Museum of Art have been paired with over 60 familiar children's songs and hymns. ``Amazing Grace'' is coupled with a detail from Gauguin's Orana Maria, ``Eensy Weensy Spider'' is illustrated with a picture of a spider from Flowers and Birds by the Japanese artist Taki Katei, ``Home on the Range'' features a detail from The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak by Albert Bierstadt. A lively commentary about the selection of art or music accompanies each song. This is a splendid album, with thoughtful combinations that take into account a child's natural inclination toward color and rhythm. All ages. (November) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K Up This magical mixture of music and art should entrance the eye, the ear, and the soul. Sixty-one traditional songs representing major genres (nursery songs, ballads, folk songs, spirituals, work songs, etc.) have been selected for their interest to children and are arranged alphabetically. Many are readily found elsewhere. Every Child's Book of Nursery Songs (Crown, 1985) duplicates 11; The Reader's Digest Children's Songbook (Random, 1985) duplicates 15. The special value of this volume is not so much the musical, visual, or editorial content. It is the synergistic combination of the three. Every song is accompanied by a clear photographic reproduction of one or more paintings or objects from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The commentary includes musical history of the tunes and lyrics plus technical and personal data about both the art and the artist. The combination of the two is sure to stretch readers' imagination. For example: the combination of ``Home on the Range'' with Albert Bierstadt's The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak transcends cliche, as does the pairing of Muybridge's Dancing Girl: A Pirouette with ``Did You Ever See a Lassie?'' Pages are of heavy, coated, very white paper. Placement of the musical score varies from spread to spread, maintaining visual variety. Any library or school which strives to stimulate the eye as well as inform the head will find frequent use for this anthology. Dana Whitney Pinizzotto, Dallas Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.