The Tony Award-winning actress Phyllis Newman, wife of the late Adolph Green, contributes a personal introduction to the songs. With this and luminous illustrations, including a lavish gatefold of the "flying" scene, this is an extraordinary book to give, to cherish, to share.
Listen to the music below as you read along!
The Broadway production of Peter Pan has remained a great audience favorite in theaters and on television, and now two of its signature songs are celebrated in a storybook format.
First staged in 1954, Peter Pan featured the brilliant performances of Mary Martin as Peter and Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook, with music by Mark Charlap and lyrics by Leigh. In this book, the story opens as Peter, accompanied by Tinkerbell, returns to the home of the Darling children in search of his shadow. At this point in the show, producer Jerry Robbins had asked the legendary songwriting team of Comden and Green for an additional song. Their Never Never Land is Peter’s soaring ode to a “place where dreams are born.” He then invites Wendy and her brothers to “think wonderful, lovely thoughts” and fly home with him past the “second star to the right” in the exuberant I’m Flying. And so the book concludes. Bates uses delicate watercolors to depict her fairy world, with both full-page paintings and spot art creating an atmosphere of wonder and mystery. The music is not included, alas. Get a recording for maximum magic!
A lovely way to share a sprinkling of fairy dust.
Betty Comden and Adolph Green produced six decades-worth of plays, melodies, and lyrics. In addition to Peter Pan, their other acclaimed collaborations include On the Town, Do Re Me!, Singing in the Rain, and Applause, to name but a few. The duo collaborated with famed lyricist Carolyn Leigh, who wrote "Witchcraft" and "The Best Is Yet to Come" with Cy Coleman, on the lyrics to Peter Pan.
As a kid, Amy June Bates spent the time that she wasn't reading and drawing trying to keep her six siblings from drawing on her pictures and losing her place in whatever book she was reading. Amy earned her degree from Brigham Young University, and her illustrations grace the pages of many children's books and magazines. She currently resides in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Jacketed picture books with gatefold. Ages 4 and up.
USA 18.99 | Canada 21.99