Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies
by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, illus. by James McMullan
How appropriate that the woman who taught a generation of children the musical scale (“Doe, a deer, a female deer./ Ray, a drop of golden sun…”) would now teach a new generation, together with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, to love reading aloud. She even includes lyrics!
The beautifully designed volume with full-color artwork on every page makes this an ideal book to share with the entire family. James McMullan (I Stink!), who is also the renowned artist for New York City’s Lincoln Center Theater, makes an inspired match for Andrews and Hamilton's selections. The mother-daughter team included works from Ogden Nash, Emily Dickinson, Jack Prelutsky, Nikki Grimes, Charlotte Zolotow, Langston Hughes, and Ted Hughes, among many others, as well as some original poems of their own. Not all lyrics make great poems when separated from their musical notes. But the authors make some terrific choices, and--for these especially--McMullan's talents add immeasurably to the lyrics’ smooth transition to poetry. For “More I Cannot Wish You” by Frank Loesser, the artist pictures a father with his infant child; a crocus blooms in the shadow of a bare tree alongside the lyrics of “You Must Believe in Spring” by Alan and Marilyn Bergman (inspired by the music by Michel Legrand). And of course roses and kittens dominate the spread for “My Favorite Things” (Rodgers and Hammerstein, from “The Sound of Music”). The editors organize the works into nine sections. Do not miss the frog that serves as mascot for the “Accentuate the Positive” section. In fact, this whole volume is not to be missed. Andrews and Hamilton read aloud a sampling of the works in a CD affixed to the inside back cover.