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It's A Small World Hardcover – August 16, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Press; Rei/Com edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423146891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423146896
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Product Description
There is just one moon, and one golden sun.
And a smile means friendship to every one.
Though the mountains divide, and the oceans are wide,
It's a small world after all.
 
One of the most recognizable and beloved songs comes to life in this beautifully-illustrated picture book. Featuring lyrics from "It's a Small World," as well as original artwork inspired by the Disney theme parks attraction, this picture book is sure to delight. Plus, the accompanying CD features a recording of the song so young readers can listen while they read!
 

 



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About the Author

Joey Chou received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA in 2006. He has published several books, including Cyril T. Centipede looks for New Shoes (Sunrise House, November 2006), Very Little Venus And The Very Friendly Fly (Sunrise House, November 2006), Betsy B.'s Big Blue Bouncing Boubble (Sunrise House, November 2007), Crazy by the letters (Choo Choo Clan Publishing, March 2007), and Say What? (Simon & Schuster, July 2011).

Customer Reviews

The illustrations are bright, colorful, and very nicely detailed.
Amy McGhee
It's not a long book but it's well illustrated and I enjoy reading it to the kids.
Cameron Hinkle
My 4 year old son LOVES this book and the CD that comes with it is adorable!
Julie

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amy McGhee on August 22, 2011
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I have to admit, I ordered this book at least as much for myself as for my daughter, based on my nostalgia for It's a Small World. However, I'm delighted that we're both enjoying it very much, and it has exceeded my expectations.

The illustrations are bright, colorful, and very nicely detailed. For me, they do a great job of evoking the look and feel of the classic Disney attraction; for my daughter, they are endlessly fascinating. Admittedly, there isn't a whole lot to the actual text: it's basically the song lyrics, minus most of the chorus. (Which makes sense: who wants to read "It's a small world after all" over and over?) But we spend more time "reading" this book together than we do many longer books, because every page contains tons of fun details to discuss, from the outfits that the adorable kids are wearing, to all of the different animals, to the scenery. The included CD is a perfect accompaniment to the book, with nearly 14 minutes of variations on the "It's a Small World" theme.

The book, like the attraction, does a good job of communicating the "small world" message without ever getting too heavy-handed, keeping it light and fun. The book and CD are both very entertaining, and can stand on their own even for those who don't have fond memories of the attraction itself.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mindful Consumer on January 5, 2012
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as a lifelong fan of mary blair, and subsequently the small world attractions at the disney parks, i could not resist purchasing this book, sight unseen, here on amazon. i am entirely pleased!

the rich, saturated images are delightful and full of discoveries. the lyrics (really the first two verses) parsed out as they are bring a new meaning (more than i had thought of them before) to the song. it touches upon what unites us as people without being overbearing.

i find the simplest children's books tend to be some of the most profound, and i believe this falls into that category. if you are interested in mary blair, small world, art, or children's books with a message, than this is for you! i can not imagine anyone who wouldn't appreciate a copy.

and the audio cd of the song in its full glory is a welcome bonus!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Meyer on December 28, 2011
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The illustrations are amazing and such a tribute to the style of Mary Blair. Bright, colorful, youthful, you feel like you are on the ride as you turn each page. The 13 minute CD is the the full soundtrack by the Sherman Bros. of the attractions as well. I bought this for my young daughter, and I am sure it will become a family favorite.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Belle Gateau on June 1, 2012
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Beautifully and richly illustrated book that captures both the sweetness of childhood and of the Disney ride. What could be better than singing with your child while looking at the beautiful pictures? Nothing except perhaps riding the Disney ride with your child. The book has copious illustrations so you often turn a page after just a phrase which makes it a fun "read" and your child won't be bored by staying on one page for a long time. Be aware that the words to the chorus are not written out completely in the book (I'm assuming they did that so a person who simply wanted to read the book wouldn't have to overly repeat phrases) but we simply sing the chorus on the last page of each verse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie L. Friedman on October 14, 2012
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Disney, It's a Small World Book details this wonderful ride that first previewed at the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. The crowds loved the ride so much that WaLt Disney decided to include this ride at both Disneyland and Disney World. The book is wonderful for kids. By Gregg L. Friedman MD, Psychiatrist, Hallandale Beach, FL
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JK on May 31, 2012
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Neat book if you like the ride at Disney. The story is basically the words from the song, and the illustrations are from the ride/murals at WDW. Very neat little item for the Disney fan out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie J. Lyons on May 8, 2012
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This book is great for those who love the ride/the song It's a Small World. The illustrations are bright and colorful and reminiscent of the style of the ride. Each page contains wonderful detail that goes with the words of the song. I have an 8-month-old son who is a little young to fully appreciate this book yet, but he is enjoying the wonderful CD that came with it. It is about 14 minutes of music from the ride. We have had fun playing his musical instruments (Hohner 4 Piece Baby Band) and "dancing" along with the music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MNdad on January 28, 2012
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If your kids loved the It's a Small World ride at the Disney Parks, this is the book/CD to get.

The CD is 13:44 long and is worth the price on its own.
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