Summertime: From Porgy and Bess

Summertime: From Porgy and Bess

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by Dubose Heyward, Dorothy Heyward, Mike Wimmer, George Gershwin
     
 

Nothing captures the warm and wonderful feelings of summer better than the song "Summertime" from George Gershwin's folk opera "Porgy and Bess." And now, this beloved lullaby has been brought to life by lush oil paintings in a stunning picture book that celebrates the strong bonds of family. See more details below

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Overview

Nothing captures the warm and wonderful feelings of summer better than the song "Summertime" from George Gershwin's folk opera "Porgy and Bess." And now, this beloved lullaby has been brought to life by lush oil paintings in a stunning picture book that celebrates the strong bonds of family.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"This shimmering adaptation of a Gershwin tune may be primarily for adults, but Wimmer's lifelike portraits of a vibrant, closely knit African-American family are a pleasure for anyone to behold," said PW. Ages 5-up. (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This shimmering picture-book adaptation of a Gershwin tune from Porgy and Bess may be primarily for adults, but Wimmer's (Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh) lifelike portraits of a vibrant, closely knit African-American family are a pleasure for anyone to behold. Beautifully capturing the look and feel of Southern summer days, the paintings show the children splashing in the pond where "fish are jumpin' " while the adults work the cotton crops ("the cotton is high"), nap ("the livin' is easy") or bake apple pie in the kitchen. Wimmer's almost photographic oil paintings shift the action from the 1930s, when Porgy and Bess was first staged, to more contemporary times, swathing the song's lyrics in a new light. For example, such lines as "One of these mornin's you're goin' to rise up singin'/ Then you'll spread your wings..." here take on a joyful meaning, showing the family at church with voices raised in song. Wimmer is in fine form here, suffusing with varying degrees of sunlight and haze his scenes bursting with leafy summer foliage and happy faces. Ages 5-up. (July) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess" is famous for many songs, but one of the loveliest is "Summertime." I wondered if this book would have an audience, but then a library patron told me that her four-year-old daughter's favorite song/picture book was In My Own Special Corner by Oscar Hammerstein. When I read that Mike Wimmer sang his daughters to sleep with "Summertime," I realized that songs and picture books can complement one another. Wimmer's full-page color paintings are so handsome and idyllic that each painting would be worth owning. The music is included, but unfortunately, not a CD or tape.
Kirkus Reviews
Wimmer takes as inspiration for his story in paintings the lyrics of the song, "Summertime," from Porgy and Bess. He captures the mood of a perfect summer day and family love; well-known phrases•"the livin' is easy," "the fish are jumpin'," "your ma is good lookin' "•become newly telling. Scenes of swimming, laboring, cooking, and lullabies give way to Sunday morning blessings in church; as the hours unfold, the older members of an African-American family offer reassurance to the children of the clan•that someday they'll "take to the sky," but until that time, "there's a nothin' can harm you/with Daddy and Mama standin' by." The musical score is included, but the words seem to sing themselves alongside the shimmering images. (Picture book. 5-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689850479
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,356,880
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
5 Years

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