Getting to Know You!: Rodgers and Hammerstein Favorites

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(Educational Piano Library). This special illustrated music book will delight students and introduce them to many beloved classic songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Featuring music from their most famous Broadway shows, each Elementary/Late Elementary-level student solo also has a teacher accompaniment. Revisit your own favorite songs as you play along with your students! ...

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Overview

(Educational Piano Library). This special illustrated music book will delight students and introduce them to many beloved classic songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Featuring music from their most famous Broadway shows, each Elementary/Late Elementary-level student solo also has a teacher accompaniment. Revisit your own favorite songs as you play along with your students! Lyrics included. An excellent gift book for a special occasion. 13 songs: Bali Ha'i
• Dites-Moi (Tell Me Why)
• The Farmer and the Cowman
• Getting to Know You
• Happy Talk
• I Whistle a Happy Tune
• I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair
• If I Loved You
• Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'
• Oklahoma
• Shall We Dance?
• Some Enchanted Evening
• The Surrey with the Fringe on Top.

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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: 9781423402206
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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