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Disney Parks Presents: It's A Small World Hardcover – August 16, 2011
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover," illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Learn more
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And a smile means friendship to every one.
Though the mountains divide, and the oceans are wide,
It's a small world after all.
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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!
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.
I keep listening to it over and over every night. I love it *help me.. I listen to it over and over every night* but it's a great buy. Buy it! Just don't introduce it to a 5 year-old unless you want to go crazy listening to it over and over and over.