Getting to Know You!: Rodgers and Hammerstein Favorites

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No two people have done more for the American musical than Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Now, in Getting to Know You!, sixteen of the most popular and treasured songs from this remarkable pair have been gathered together for the first time in an illustrated picture book.

With watercolors by renowned illustrator Rosemary Wells, Getting to Know You! captures the simple joy, the happy celebration, and the sly humor that are at the ...

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Overview

No two people have done more for the American musical than Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Now, in Getting to Know You!, sixteen of the most popular and treasured songs from this remarkable pair have been gathered together for the first time in an illustrated picture book.

With watercolors by renowned illustrator Rosemary Wells, Getting to Know You! captures the simple joy, the happy celebration, and the sly humor that are at the heart of these timeless lyrics.

Included at the back of the book are the complete lyrics to each of the sixteen songs, along with the melody lines, so children and parents can read, recite, and sing along for hours of happy talks and dozens of beautiful mornings.

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Rosemary Wells adds her fun-loving touch to this oversize book based on the hits of Rodgers and Hammerstein. From "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' " to "Some Enchanted Evening," this flowing tribute reveals the magic of these songs by combining lyrics with Wells's whimsical illustrations. "Happy Talk" from South Pacific, for example, shows two sun-loving critters dressed in their Hawaiian best and chatting away on a tropical beach, while "The Farmer and the Cowman" from Oklahoma! has a group of buffalo tapping their hoofs and being friendly "territory folk." For those musical talents out there, Getting to Know You! also includes a songbook in the back, rounding out this knee-slapping charmer that fans of the Great White Way -- and children with a song or two in their hearts -- won't want to miss.
Publishers Weekly
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. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Complete with a mini-songbook, Broadway's show-stopping songs are enlivened by Rosemary Wells's illustrations. Show the video version of one of these classic shows. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Wells has illustrated excerpts from well-known songs from Oklahoma, The King and I, Carousel, and South Pacific. In the thick and vibrant colors and large, square format, readers will recognize from My Very First Mother Goose (1996) and Here Comes Mother Goose (1999), her bunnies, guinea pigs, and bison cavort, cuddle, and dance across the pages to Hammerstein’s lyrics. A songbook in a back pocket provides Rodgers’s music (a single line of melody, for vocals). Usually the selection is a single verse, and works perfectly for songs like "Oh! What a Beautiful Morning," "Oklahoma," and "Shall We Dance." However, in too many others, the magic of the music is destroyed in the alteration. "I Whistle a Happy Tune" has lost an entire line, ruining its symmetry. Extremely short versions of "I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" and "Some Enchanted Evening" are confusingly abrupt. And tragically, the last segment of "Surrey with the Fringe on Top" rushes to its conclusion: the magically thrice repeated "Don’t you wish’t you’d go on ferever" is written only once on the page. The result is a tune that simply doesn’t work—how does one sing that? Supposedly, these were very deliberate design decisions, and in all other aspects, this is a lovely book—Wells’s warm lines match the mood of the songs perfectly. Families who know these songs might enjoy singing with this as long as they can deal with the missing lyrics. Those unfamiliar with the songs will find the flaws jolting and unsatisfactory. The songbook in the back pocket and serious flaws make this a questionable purchase for libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780066238456
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/8/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.82 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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