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Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved song from The Soundof Music has captured hearts for generations. Now acclaimed illustrator Renée Graef's heartwarming illustrations give it new meaning. Complete with its score, My Favorite Things is perfect for reading and sharing.

An illustrated version of the popular song enumerating favorite things, from raindrops on roses to silver white winters melting into springs.

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Overview

Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved song from The Soundof Music has captured hearts for generations. Now acclaimed illustrator Renée Graef's heartwarming illustrations give it new meaning. Complete with its score, My Favorite Things is perfect for reading and sharing.

An illustrated version of the popular song enumerating favorite things, from raindrops on roses to silver white winters melting into springs.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The lyrics from The Sound of Music's My Favorite Things by Richard Rodgers gets a picture book treatment with paintings by Ren?e Graef, featuring a warm-hearted family playing with sleighbells and catching snowflakes. Oscar Hammerstein's music is also included. (June) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Each two-page spread of this large format picture book illustrates a couplet from the celebrated song created by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. The book's jacket, which resembles the artwork of Joan Walsh Anglund with its small characters surrounding the title and larger central picture, are poor preparation for the visual vignettes found within. Using a style reminiscent of the artwork of the "Little House on the Prairie" books and products that she has also illustrated, Renée Graef has brought new life to the famous song lyrics. Bright copper kettles pour hot drinks for teddy bears and kittens. Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes are on stage rehearsing the spring dance recital. And cream-colored toy ponies get fed tiny pretend bites of crisp apple strudel by a loving mistress. All the favorite things in this pretty picture book get loving treatment from a talented illustrator. Young readers who enjoy reading pictures that tell stories will find a lot to love here. 2001 (orig. 1959), HarperCollins, $15.95. Ages All. Reviewer: Judy Katsh
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Graef's charming illustrations bring the reassuring images of Hammerstein's lyrics to life with softness and warmth. The settings are old-fashioned with nary a television, car, or computer to be seen. Spreads show two children enjoying their favorite things such as "Silver white winters that melt into springs." Their mother is there to comfort "When the dog bites,/When the bee stings." The piano music and words are included. This pleasant book could brighten up a preschool storyhour or help a child drift off to sleep at bedtime.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064436274
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/12/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 255,402
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Rodgers (composer 1902-1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (librettist/lyricist, 1895-1960) joined forces in 1943 to create the most successful partnership in American musical theater. Their first musical, Oklahoma!, was also the first of a new genre, the musical play, blending Rodgers' sophisticated style of musical comedy with Hammerstein's innovations in opera. Oklahoma! was followed by Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music, among others. Collectively the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals earned thirty-four Tony Awards, fifteen Academy Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award.

Renée Graef received her bachelor's degree in art from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is the illustrator of numerous titles in the Little House publishing program, as well as Rodgers and Hammerstein's My Favorite Things and E.T.A Hoffman's The Nutcracker, adapted by Janet Schulman. She lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, with her husband and two children.

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