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Grade 1–4—The story behind these words and music is truly an American tale of a large loving family blessed to share their creativity with those around them. Two Kentucky sisters, Patty and Mildred Hill—teacher and composer—created the song as a second verse to their "Good Morning to You" melody, which was shared with Ms. Patty's kindergarten class on a daily basis. A lovely succession of watercolor paintings depicts the latter half of the 19th century in Louisville and illuminates the thoughtful expressions and joyful faces of the Hill family. With a final historical note, readers find the record of the Hills' service to education and eventual recognition in the academic world. Forget what you remember about Irving Berlin's connection with the tune—the copyright for this title was correctly assigned 45 years after it was composed, an eye-opener for history and trivia lovers in all libraries.—Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
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  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (August 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585361690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585361694
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Happy Birthday to You! The Mystery Behind the Most Famous Song in the World is a children's picturebook rendition of the true-life history behind the popular and beloved song "Happy Birthday to You". Created in 1889 by two Kentucky sisters Patty and Mildred Hill, the song began as a melody called "Good Morning to All" for kindergarten students as a greeting to start the day. The lyrics evolved to suit other occasions, and in 1935 the sisters' song was fully copyrighted, with due credit afforded to their names. Award-winning artist Chris Soentpiet provides the touching, colorful illustrations in a realistic style to this informative story ideal for curious young children who are just about ready to graduate from picturebooks to more involved fare.
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