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School Library Journal Review
K Up-- Like Go in and out the Window (Metropolitan Museum of Art/Holt, 1987), this title features traditional American songs and full-color reproductions of museum art works. The Metropolitan's offering has a broader approach, however, balancing the presentation of music and art and offering paragraphs of relevant, cultural information. This book is simply a beautifully illustrated collection of 55 songs. In both cases, the art works appropriately and eloquently expand on the meaning of the lyrics. Identifying illustrations is easier in the Metropolitan title since they are listed by page number in order of appearance. The two volumes share about a third of the same selections. Go in and out . . . includes more specifically children's songs and offers a somewhat wider variety; its guitar and piano accompaniments are slightly better for beginning musicians since there are fewer chord changes and the musical repeats are written out. An Illustrated Treasury . . . includes more seasonal and patriotic numbers. Since its pages are large and repeats are not written out, musicians have the convenience of playing without having to turn pages. --Cynthia Bishop, Onondaga County Public Library, Syracuse, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
All ages. From "Clementine" and "Oh Susanna" to "Jingle Bells" and "London Bridge," this large, handsome volume combines in each double-page spread not only words and art, but also musical notation for voice and piano. "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "America, the Beautiful" are here, and so are "I've Been Working on the Railroad" and "When the Saints Go Marching In"--55 songs in all. The illustrations, splendidly reproduced from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., include great paintings by Matisse, Klimt, Catlin, Homer, and Eakins, as well as craft objects from dolls to cowboy spurs. They're far from the sweet innocence and nostalgia type of art sometimes thought suitable for children, and there's no attempt to match them too literally to the words. The medley's a bit of a hodgepodge, but it works somehow. The folk songs and music make you want to sing aloud, and the clear design lends itself to group enjoyment. ~--Hazel Rochman
Horn Book Review
Fifty-six classic songs are arranged with simple piano music and illustrated with excellent reproductions of works of art from the National Gallery of Art. Many styles of art and a wide range of songs are included in the handsome collection. Ind. From HORN BOOK 1991, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Book Review
Fifty-six favorites, mostly folk songs but including a few patriotic songs, show tunes, Stephen Foster, etc., each with all its verses, a simple musical arrangement, and a handsome reproduction of art from the National Gallery. American folk art and painting predominate, but there are also creative choices from Europe, especially the impressionists. No further comment is included, but two kinds of insights are suggested by the pairings: these fine works of art spring from the same experiences as the more obviously accessible songs; and, familiar as the songs may be, they often have unexpected depth, revealed by linking them with the art's richness of pattern and meaning. A fine addition to home or library. Full notes on illustrations; song index. (Nonfiction. 3+)