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My Favorite Things

Press: HarperCollins (May 22, 2001)
Publication Date:2001-6


Raindrops on rosesand wkiskers on kittens,Bright copper kettlesand warm woolen mittens..."My Favorite Things," Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved song from The Sound of Music, has captured the hearts of children young and old for generations. 
Its magical images -- cream-colored ponies and girls in white dresses -- paired with its lilting rhyme, never fail to delight.Now acclaimed illustrator Renee Graef gives this classic song new meaning with heartwarming full-color illustrations Of a loving family and their life throughout the course of a year.
Complete with the score of the song, My Favorite Things is both a wonderful book for families to share and a gorgeous keepsake to cherish.

From 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.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 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 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Ages 4-7. 
The world can be divided into two camps: those who love the musical The Sound of Music and those who find it so sugary it makes their teeth ache.
For those in the latter camp, exhibit A is the song, "My Favorite Things." This book uses the lyrics as text, and illustrator Graef provides the sweet, literal images one might expect as the art.
The roses are encrusted with raindrops, and the kitten nestling in the grass nearby is adorable.
Cream-colored ponies are miniature figures that stand on the kitchen table as a little girl digs into crisp apple strudel.
None of these pictures would look out of place on a greeting card, yet the composition is good, and there's nice attention to detail.
It is only the two-page spreads without room for whimsy ("brown paper packages tied up with string") that seem static.
First and foremost, this is a bookstore item, but there are still enough people who claim this song as a favorite thing to make it a purchase possibility.
Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association.
All rights reserved

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About 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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  •     This is a beautifully illustrated book that not only enriches, but brings to life, the magic of this Roger's and Hammerstein's song without being sentimental or sugary sweet. I would recommend this book for any one that loves simplicity.

  •     Great!!

  •     Such a beautiful book :-) illustrations are very we done. Great for anyone who loves the song or movie

  •     This is a very nice edition of the song . Children can view the beautiful illustrations as they sing along.

  •     Had a Sound of Music Themed Chanukkah for mom last year, and this was one of the books I bought. She liked it

  •     The illustrations in this book are beautiful and compliment the lyrics of this beloved song so well. Very pleased to own this sweet book.

  •     I discovered this book only a few days after watching a rerun of the wonderful movie "The Sound of Music." This book really enhances the beautiful lyrics of the song from that movie called "My Favorite Things" with lovely, heartfelt illustrations filled with nostalgia and the innocence of children. The colors glow with soft light and scenes are either set in cozy, homey environments or in serene natural settings. The lyrics and music are printed at the back of the book so you can play it on the piano for your children or just sing it to them as you go along. My children are all grown up and no grandkids yet, so I know from experience that it's quite alright to sing it to yourself, too! This is a delightful book.

  •     Beautiful illustrations. We just wish the book included more verses!

  •     Beautiful book. My granddaughter loves it.

  •     Beautiful song, artwork. Kids love it.

  •     I love singing stories to my elementary students in music class. Over time, the students learn the tunes as well and sing with me.

  •     Granddaughter loved it and we read it together.

  •     At 2 years old, my daughter has learned all the words to this song because of this book. She loves it! Her favorite page is "when the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad". It captivates her attention for the whole song. It's a keeper!

  •     I'm an infant/toddler childcare teacher. My Favorite Things, is a beautifully illustrated book. It captures the wonder and sweetness of one of the best songs in the movie, "The Sound of Music". I sing this book to my little ones. It captures their attention better than reading it.

  •     Beautiful illustrations and a great book for kids and adults.

  •     I'm a mom of few known lullabys. This song I knew and sang it to my infant daughter many times in the middle of the night. I was delighted to find this book. I love to sing the song as we page through the lovely illustrations. My daughter always relates to when 'the bee stings' and the girl is sad and getting a hug from Mom. This is a book I can read more than once, even after a busy day in toddlerhood. My daughter is starting to sing the song on her own now, which is adorable and rewarding. My husband likes this book too.

  •     Illustrations are like soft memories and evoke warm thoughts of childhood and this song. I believe this book works VERY well for young and older children. I love the sublty of imagery in clouds at end of book when children are staring up at sky imagining "favorite things". Both my two and 4 year old can sing this song now. Words and music are included in back to make this a BONUS for anyone musically inclined. A must have for anyone who likes the song!

  •     Beautiful illustrations to go with a favorite classic!


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