Getting to Know You! by Richard Rodgers
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No two people have done more for the American musical than Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Now, in Getting to Know You!, sixteen of the most popular and treasured songs from this remarkable pair have been gathered together for the first time in an illustrated picture book.

With watercolors by renowned illustrator Rosemary Wells, Getting to Know You! captures the simple joy, the happy celebration, and the sly humor that are at the heart of these timeless lyrics.

Included at the back of the book are the complete lyrics to each of the sixteen songs, along with the melody lines, so children and parents can read, recite, and sing along for hours of happy talks and dozens of beautiful mornings.

 

About Richard Rodgers

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Richard Rodgers (composer 1902-1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (librettist/lyricist, 1895-1960) joined forces in 1943 to create the most successful partnership in American musical theater. Their first musical, "Oklahoma!, " was also the first of a new genre, the musical play, blending Rodgers' sophisticated style of musical comedy with Hammerstein's innovations in opera. "Oklahoma!" was followed by" Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, " and "The Sound of Music, " among others. Collectively the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals earned thirty-four Tony Awards, fifteen Academy Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award. Amy Asch, an archivist and researcher, worked with Robert Kimball on "The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin "and the 1995 expanded "The Complete Lyrics of Lorenz Hart," Currently an editor of the "Playbill Broadway Yearbook," she lives in New York City. Rosemary Wells, author and illustrator of several dozen books for children and young adults, was born in 1943 in New York City. She studied at the Museum School at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Wells began her career in publishing, working as an art editor and designer first at Allyn and Bacon and later at Macmillan Publishing. Her first work, which she both wrote and illustrated, was Martha's Birthday, published in 1970. Her first work for young adults was The Fog Comes on Little Pig Feet, published in 1972. Wells is perhaps most famous for the Max series, beginning with Max's First Word, published by Dial in 1979. Although the primary audience for the series is very young children, the books appeal to the senses of humor of even small children. Wells says that the inspiration for these stories is her own children. Wells is the recipient of numerous awards including a Children's Book Council Award for Noisy Nora in 1974, the Edgar Allan Pie award for two young adult books, Through the Looking Glass and When No One Was Looking, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Shy Charles. Rosemary Wells is married to Thomas Moore Wells, an architect. The couple has two daughters.
 
Published August 21, 2011 by OnlineSheetMusic.com. 64 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Children's Books.

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Supposedly, these were very deliberate design decisions, and in all other aspects, this is a lovely book—Wells’s warm lines match the mood of the songs perfectly.

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The New York Times

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(In 1949, when a collection of his lyrics was first published, Hammerstein dedicated it, with characteristic simplicity — and elegant wordplay — “To Dorothy ‘The Song Is You.’ ”) If there is anything missing from this collection, it is Hammerstein’s “Notes on Lyrics,” written for the 1949 book.

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Even his most famous stand-alone song, “The Last Time I Saw Paris,” was written in the context of the great drama of the early days of World War II, as Paris — a city Hammerstein loved — fell to the Nazis.

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One of Wells's signature bunnies, drawn in pastels, awakens in his bed to ""a bright, golden haze on the meadow"" (""Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' ""), and chicks and ducks and geese really do scurry as a pair of straw-hatted ducks take out their ""Surrey with the Fringe on Top."" ""Mister Sno...

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