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Read and sing along with the classic 1950s song!
"The Big Bell and the Little Bell”—with music and lyrics by Martin Kalmanoff—became a family favorite when it was first released in 1954. It tells the tale of a King who has to decide which bell—large or small, loud or soft—he wants to ring out on his wedding day.
Now, this beautiful gift package brings the musical fantasy to a whole new generation. Containing a stunningly illustrated book and an...

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Overview

Read and sing along with the classic 1950s song!
"The Big Bell and the Little Bell”—with music and lyrics by Martin Kalmanoff—became a family favorite when it was first released in 1954. It tells the tale of a King who has to decide which bell—large or small, loud or soft—he wants to ring out on his wedding day.
Now, this beautiful gift package brings the musical fantasy to a whole new generation. Containing a stunningly illustrated book and an exclusive CD with both the original Julius La Rosa recording and a new version by the internationally famed London Crouch End Festival Chorus, it offers kids (and adults, too) a complete visual and auditory experience. Alastair Graham’s fun, colorful, and delightfully detailed pictures capture a lavish court full of cats, dressed in bright medieval-style garb.
Small children will particularly appreciate the story’s moral: that big isn’t always better, and sometimes the little one wins the day!    

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What this story lacks in originality it more than compensates for with a high cuteness factor. The kid-friendly song is performed on an accompanying CD by Julius La Rosa, who originally recorded it in 1954, on one track, and by the London Crouch End Festival Chorus on the second track. It tells the tale of a little bell whose small sound wins out over the large bell's loud-but annoying-gong. In the Kitten Kingdom, called "Calvinopolis," the larger bell thinks his sound is decidedly superior. But many in the kingdom and, most importantly, the King, disagree. The big bell gave him a headache on the day he was crowned, so he commands the little bell to play on his wedding day. The lesson? "Those who make the biggest noise/Aren't always as important as they think." The lush, ornate illustrations give this simple tale a classic feel and are filled with details young readers will pore over. This works best as a book/CD kit, since the song is charming and the pace fits perfectly with the turning pages.-Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906250096
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/4/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 12.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    HUGE hit with my kids, esp. my 3 yr. old son!

    We got this from the library over a year ago and re-checked it out as many times as we could! My son just crawled in my lap and asked about "that book with the big bell and the little bell that went ding?"
    Can't believe he remembers it still but he has mentioned it several times every once in a while. The song is highly contagious... I still find myself singing it and I get an absolutely silent or singing audience as soon as I do. We will definitely be purchasing this for Christmas so they can enjoy for years to come and probably pass down to their kids. Oh, and the illustrations are wonderful... they feel like old classics even though they aren't and so much detail that makes the kids examine further.
    Overall, my best rating which I don't give liberally!

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