A Child's Book of Graces

A Child's Book of Graces

by Lois Rock, Alison Jay
     
 
Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim's score for Gypsy has had five major recordings: the 1959 original Broadway cast album starring Ethel Merman; the 1962 original motion picture soundtrack starring Rosalind Russell, partially dubbed by

Overview

Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim's score for Gypsy has had five major recordings: the 1959 original Broadway cast album starring Ethel Merman; the 1962 original motion picture soundtrack starring Rosalind Russell, partially dubbed by Lisa Kirk; the 1973 London cast album starring Angela Lansbury; the 1989 Broadway revival cast album starring Tyne Daly; and here, the 1993 television soundtrack starring Bette Midler. The casting of Midler as Rose, the ultimate stage mother, seemed ideal; she is an accomplished actress with a theatrical background and a well-known singer with a feisty personality. The production made a point of sticking to the original show, and the supporting players, Peter Riegert, Cynthia Gibb, and Jennifer Beck (who actually got a fair amount of singing time, along with some others) were excellent. But any production of Gypsy stands or falls on the actress who plays Rose, and Midler turned out to be able to handle some aspects of the part, but not all. As a pop singer, she was too accustomed to being ingratiating and sympathetic to be as much of a monster as Rose is supposed to be, and she didn't quite have the voice for the more demanding songs. On "Small World," "You'll Never Get Away from Me," and "Together, Wherever We Go," songs in which Rose is being as nice as possible, Midler was fine. But in the more confrontational numbers, such as "Some People" and "Everything's Coming Up Roses," she didn't go far enough. You'd have thought that would make Rose's climactic nervous breakdown, "Rose's Turn," beyond Midler, too, but actually she brought that off well, adapting the performance to the small screen. On the whole, then, Midler did a respectable job, but not the one she was capable of, if she had worked harder. As such, this Gypsy, while a vast improvement over the disastrous movie soundtrack, was on a par with the Tyne Daly revival, but not a patch on Angela Lansbury's well-acted version or Ethel Merman's definitive interpretation.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Grace-a brief prayer of thanks usually said at mealtime-is often among the first prayers that children learn. A Child's Book of Graces by Lois Rock, illus. by Alison Jay, collects child-friendly blessings that will be welcomed at many a family table, e.g. "Morning is here,/ The table is spread,/ Thanks be to God,/ Who gives us bread." Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
This small book offers twenty-four graces that children can learn and recite at mealtime. Some are noticeably Christian, but most are more general appeals to God. The collection includes scriptural references, a Mennonite children's prayer, international graces, a Quaker grace, and others, including several written by Lois Rock. The poems lead the reader through a variety of experiences, from private morning meals, to meals shared with family and friends, to special holidays. Particular attention is given to words from "around the world" and from "long ago," helping children see the universal experience of giving thanks. Quiet illustrations by Alison Jay bring additional warmth to the gentle words of the prayers. The pictures feature basics of human life like bread, angels, families, embraces, and people working together. Full two-page spreads on the first and final pages surround the collection of smaller illustrations, as do the topics of the poems on those pages: "In the morning," and "After eating." A small, quiet book with a strong message of gratitude and service.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561485147
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
05/01/2013
Pages:
28
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 12 Years

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