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Daddy's Little Girl
     

Daddy's Little Girl

by Bobby Burke, Maggie Kneen (Illustrator), Horace Gerlach
 

You're the end of the rainbow, my pot of gold,
You're daddy's little girl, to have and to hold . . .

The song "Daddy's Little Girl" has been a favorite of fathers and daughters — and mothers, too — for more than fifty years. In this first ever picture-book version, an adoring rabbit daddy and his little bunny bring the moving

Overview

You're the end of the rainbow, my pot of gold,
You're daddy's little girl, to have and to hold . . .

The song "Daddy's Little Girl" has been a favorite of fathers and daughters — and mothers, too — for more than fifty years. In this first ever picture-book version, an adoring rabbit daddy and his little bunny bring the moving lyrics to life as they share special moments that demonstrate the special bond reserved for daddies and their little girls. The full lyrics and music are included for the whole family to enjoy together.

"Daddy's Little Girl" was written by Bobby Burke and Horace Gerlach in 1949. It was an instant hit, and has gone on to become a staple of wedding reception playlists for the dance shared by a bride and her father. This and a companion song, "Daddy's Little Boy," written by Billy Collins in 1950, have been recorded by many artists, notably by the Mills Brothers, and are considered American standards.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A couple of titles inspired by the lyrics from two songs of yesteryear (piano music included), celebrate paternal love, with illustrations by Maggie Kneen. Daddy's Little Girl by Bobby Burke and Horace Gerlach and Daddy's Little Boy by Billy Collins depict warm scenes of daddies (mommies, too) and kids year round. The cuddly, tender illustrations of an anthropomorphic rabbit family in the first title, a den of bears in the second, match the text for sheer sugar value ("You're the end of the rainbow, my pot of gold,/ You're Daddy's little girl to have and hold"). Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Illustrations of a little bunny, her mommy and daddy accompany the lyrics of this song composed in 1949. Adult readers will recognize it as a song popular at weddings. To accompany the words of the song, there are cozy scenes of daddy holding his little bunny while mommy hangs her clothes on the line to dry, decorating the Christmas tree together, sitting in an Easter basket surrounded by little yellow chicks, baking cookies with mommy, and the three of them reading and singing together. The words and music are included in the back of the book. There will not be a dry eye in the house when parents read this sentimental and sweet book to their little girls. 2004, HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 6.
—Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Most children will not have heard this song, written more than 50 years ago, whose lyrics are so touchingly portrayed in this book. Starring a charming rabbit family, Kneen's soft, textured watercolors are soothing and inviting. For example, the line "You're sugar, you're spice, you're everything nice" is illustrated with the image of the father and daughter creating an array of delicious-looking cakes and cookies. The complete score and lyrics are appended. While the song may be limited in appeal because of its old-fashioned tone and its reference to a Christian holiday ("You're the spirit of Christmas, my star on the tree"), the illustrations are confections worth tasting.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060287221
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/13/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

“Daddy’s Little Girl,” was written by Bobby Burke and Horace Gerlach in 1949. It was an instant hit, and has gone on to become a staple of wedding reception play lists, for when the bride dances with her father. This and a companion song, “Daddy’s Little Boy” written by Billy Collins in 1950, have been recorded by many artists, notably by the Mills Brothers, and are considered American standards.

Maggie Kneen, the illustrator of Daddy's Little Boy by Billy Collins, Daddy's Little Girl by Bobby Burke, Babe by Dick King-Smith, and other picture books, lives in Cheshire, England.

“Daddy’s Little Girl,” was written by Bobby Burke and Horace Gerlach in 1949. It was an instant hit, and has gone on to become a staple of wedding reception play lists, for when the bride dances with her father. This and a companion song, “Daddy’s Little Boy” written by Billy Collins in 1950, have been recorded by many artists, notably by the Mills Brothers, and are considered American standards.

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