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Grade 1–5—A musical classic inspires the creation of new images of sweeping horizons and fanciful creatures. The book includes a CD by singer Judy Collins. Her crystal-clear voice floats seamlessly through the lyrics, first as a solo, then joined by her piano accompaniment, broadening with succeeding lines and natural rhythmic interpretation of the words. Two additional songs interpreted by Collins make this brief CD a treasure—"I See the Moon" (with children's chorus) and "White Coral Bells." Readers are treated to deep jewel tones as Puybaret carefully pulls them from one image to another with a succession of dreamlike scenes—from a red barn and farmhouse to animated castles in the sky. Clouds and celestial objects float earthward to join a young girl on a journey beyond a rainbow into the upper atmosphere with dreams of impossibilities. The art is unique, delicate, and detailed. Raindrops fall with whisper-thin lines, elongated figures accentuate the hurried action and sweep of the wind, images appear in the clouds, a small child sleeps under the watchful eye of a parent amid musical notes along the path of the rainbow, and bluebirds become elongated creatures of grace. Reading this book with the CD requires awareness of traditionally repeated lines but adds to the shared experience.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services Plano ISD, TX
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About the Author

Composer Harold Arlen and lyricist E.Y. Harburg were two of Broadway and Hollywood’s most popular songwriters. They wrote the songs for the classic film The Wizard of Oz, for which they won an Academy Award®. Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide for nearly five decades with her magnificent voice and thoughtful interpretations. Many of Collins’s albums have been certified platinum and her version of Joni Mitchell’s "Both Sides Now" has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Her rendition of Stephen Sondheim’s "Send in the Clowns" won Grammy’s Song of the Year in 1975. Judy's film about Antonia Brico, co-directed by Jill Godmillow, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1974. Brico was Judy's classical piano teacher when she was young and was the first woman to conduct major symphonies around the world. In 2000, Judy founded her own record label, Wildflower Records. In 2010 she enjoyed two huge successes with the New York Times best-selling picture books and CD version of OVER THE RAINBOW, illustrated by Eric Puybaret, and her latest album, Paradise, a collection of ten songs, including duets with Stephen Stills and Joan Baez.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 12
  • Series: Book & CD
  • Hardcover: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Imagine/Peter Yarrow; Published by Charlesbridge Publishing edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936140004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936140008
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 0.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Over the Rainbow" is a beautifully produced book of dreamy paintings by Eric Puybaret who was the artist for the "Puff the Magic Dragon", flawlessly set to the beloved lyrics of "Over the Rainbow," music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E. Y. Harburg. Sung by internationally acclaimed vocalist Judy Collins, "Over the Rainbow" is a classic to bestow upon a whole new generation of fortunate, beloved children. "Over the Rainbow" is the perfect pre-naptime, pre-bedtime storybook, with all the elements of magic and imagination to inspire sleepy young dreamers. An added bonus is the inclusion of two other songs sung by Judy Collins on the enclosed CD, "White Choral Bells" and "I See the Moon."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Duquette on June 16, 2010
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The pictures in this book are beautiful. That is what keeps my child engaged. However, I also have the Puff the Magic Dragon book and it does a much better job at following the music. Even if a verse repeats itself the book will do the same. The Over the Rainbow book does not and could use a few more pages to match the words. I would buy it again though and do recommend it to people with young children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Armstrong on October 7, 2010
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This is a lovely new twist to an old, beloved song. The illustrations are delightful and the performance of the song by Judy Collins is magically stirring.

I'm using this book/recording in my music class at school to help my students see/hear things they already love in a whole new way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SeattleGal on June 19, 2013
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Since I couldn't find any previews of the actual story within the book, I probably shouldn't have bought it. However, being desparate to fill my "listen to reading" station in my classroom, I went ahead and bought this product. While it is a beautiful book with the classic "Over the Rainbow" song, I was hoping for more in the storyline. Instead, the book is just a bunch of illustrations to go along with the lyrics of the song, which doesn't contribute much learning. So, beware if you're looking for an educational book. However, if you want a book with just the lyrics to the song and a CD to go with, then this is the book for you. :)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Wilson on January 18, 2011
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My daughter loves this book. Great illustrations. My wife and I have sung this to her, and when she hears Judy Collins sing it on the included CD, she really digs it. It also knocked her out cold last night. Great for our 2-year old daughter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Goldman on November 1, 2010
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My son loves this book and wants us to read it to him all the time (He is 2). The artwork is beautiful and it's a great book for toddlers and preschoolers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judy on September 29, 2010
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I sent this to my granddaughter and she loves it!! I am going to purchase 4 more for each of my granddaugthers & myself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CC on June 17, 2010
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My daughter's kindergarten teacher had this book and song as part of their class, and my 6-year-old just loved it!
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