Over the Rainbow with CD – Book Review & Giveaway (Closed)

Over the Rainbow Book coverThe timeless song, Over the Rainbow, sung by the legendary Judy Collins has now been transformed in to a beautiful book that any young child would be happy to own. Included with the book is a three-song CD all sung by Judy Collins which includes ‘Over the Rainbow’, ‘I See the Moon’ and ‘White Coral Bells’.

I was beyond excited to find out that I was receiving a copy of this book to review. The illustration on the front cover alone drew me in and I have become very fond of books that include music as I find it is a great way to spark young imaginations while introducing them to music and reading.

The first time Baby Bird and I sat down to read the book, we played the CD at the same time. The book in itself is beautiful to look at, but reading the book while listening to Judy Collins sing the song brings the pages to life.

The story line of the book is based on the first verse to “Over the Rainbow” which, even though it was originally recorded by Judy Collins, was never actually used in the film, The Wizard of Oz. It goes like this, “When all the world is a hopeless jumble and the raindrops tumble all around, Heaven opens a magic lane. When all the clouds darken up the skyway, there’s a rainbow highway to be found, Leading from your window pane to a place behind the sun, just a step beyond the rain.”

I have to admit, this book made me tear up a couple of times (especially when I played the music and read the book at the same time). It’s full of wonder and imagination and I had tears because it took me back to a time when I was younger and daydreams were a daily occurrence for me. Now that I am older, and I’m the ‘adult’, I don’t get those opportunities as often as I would like. I thought about Baby Bird and how happy I am that she still has so many years of adventure and innocence ahead of her. So I’d say they were tears of happiness.

The illustrations are beautiful paintings by Eric Puybaret who has illustrated a number of wonderful books. I am told that the artwork was painted on linen and then scanned. The paintings are so soft and flow so beautifully across the page. It takes the reader out of the daily grind to that magical place that you can only imagine, somewhere over the rainbow.

This book will be released in March 2010, but you can pre-order and buy this book online at Amazon.ca or at Amazon.com. This is a great chance to introduce your child to classic music that never goes out of style.

McAllister Rowan Communications has generously offered to give two (2) of my readers one (1) copy of this book each as a giveaway…

To enter: Leave a comment at the end of this post telling me what your favorite book as a child was. Please also leave a way of getting a hold of you should you win. *You must do this for any additional entries to count.

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This contest is open to US and Canadian residents and runs until 12pm MST on Tuesday, February 16, 2010.

* I received a copy of this book for free to complete my review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine only and are in no way influenced by any outside factors.

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23 comments… add one
  • Sheri Feb 16, 2010, 8:05 pm

    Comments are now closed for this giveaway. Thank you to everyone who entered. I will draw our lucky winners shortly. Good luck to everyone who entered.

  • FoundProdigalDaughter Feb 16, 2010, 7:03 pm

    What book was my favorite as a kid…hmmm…what book wasn't, lol. I used to read every second I could. I liked books by Dr Seuss, I liked the Berenstein Bears, The Babysitters Club books and Sweet Valley Twins books, Little Critter books…way to many to pick just one favorite from.


  • Katrina Feb 15, 2010, 8:22 am

    I loved the book series berenstein bears!

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

  • Connie Feb 15, 2010, 6:58 am

    Black Beauty was a favorite. But, I guess that was when I was a little older. The Dr. Seuss books were always fun too.

  • Nic Feb 13, 2010, 10:22 am

    One of my favourite books that we read when I was a child was The Monster at the end of this Book. Thanks!


  • suzie Feb 12, 2010, 6:48 pm

    Had to be Dr Suess Hop on Pop

  • Pam Feb 11, 2010, 3:51 pm

    I had so many favourites as a child. One of them was this "Time of Childhood" book my mom's friend gave me. I've never ever seen it since but I read it all the time.

    melacan at hotmail dot com

  • Debbie W Feb 10, 2010, 7:19 pm

    As a child I had the Disney book of Cinderella. She was my favourite then, and still is now


  • Kristen Feb 10, 2010, 1:29 pm

    My favorite book was Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

    stickybean12 at gmail dot com

  • athena76 Feb 9, 2010, 10:21 pm

    My favorite childhood book was the three little pigs. Thanks for all the great contests.


  • Anonymous Feb 9, 2010, 12:23 pm

    My fav was 'I want to be somebody new'


  • AMY Feb 9, 2010, 12:18 pm

    My favorite book as a Child was The Paper Bag Princess I LOVED Robert Munsch books! (Hope I got the right spelling on his name!)

    amytulk2 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  • as Feb 9, 2010, 10:50 am

    My favorite book as a child was Jim Jump.

  • Danielle Feb 9, 2010, 10:28 am

    "but no elephants!" has to be my favourite as a child. siroisd@shaw.ca

  • Liz W Feb 9, 2010, 10:14 am

    My favorite books was the Little Critter series and Bringing up Beauty.


  • Anonymous Feb 9, 2010, 9:27 am

    Peter Rabbit was a favorite in our house growing up. My favorite to read to my own children was "Goodnight Moon".


    Have a great day!

  • Amy Feb 9, 2010, 7:43 am

    My favorite book was Flat Stanley
    thanks for the chance

  • Anonymous Feb 8, 2010, 7:29 pm

    I loved the book "Are you my Mother", my kids now love it too!


  • Bombtastic Belle Feb 8, 2010, 7:08 pm

    I loved all Shel Silversteini books – I liked "The Giving Tree"

  • Anonymous Feb 8, 2010, 5:39 pm

    My favorite book was The Hockey Sweater. It was a Canadian book and is still a classic.


  • Anonymous Feb 8, 2010, 5:31 pm

    I loved Dr Seuss Green Eggs & Ham. I loved the way he rhymed.


  • Kathie Feb 8, 2010, 4:58 pm

    My favourite book as a child was The Little Engine that Could. This was a great book and my twin boys and little girl just loved it when they were little. How I would love to be able to read this book to my great neice, who is almost three.

  • nadine Feb 8, 2010, 2:54 pm

    One of my favourites was "Magic Friend Maker" which I still have, and read to my daughter. Would love this book!!

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