Flying to Neverland with Peter Pan
Publication Date: October 23, 2012
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Following Phyllis Newman's introduction about the song and its connection to her family and late husband, the lyricist Adolph Green, there's a small amount of prose from the musical that leads into the exact lyrics of each song. The story begins with "Never Never Land," which features Wendy and the other Darling children's first encounter with Peter Pan as he tells them about where he lives ("a place where dreams are born"). Peter then teaches the children how to fly (key advice from "I'm Flying": Think lovely thoughts.) The story shows the kids flying to and arriving in Neverland, accompanied by a reprise of one of the verses of that song to provide a suitable and satisfying ending. A large gatefold that shows Peter Pan and the Darling children flying over London adds extra visual drama.
Betty Comden and Adolph Green produced six decades-worth of plays, melodies, and lyrics. Drawing on J.M. Barrie's book and play, the duo wrote lyrics for several songs in the 1954 smash hit musical "Peter Pan." The production went on to become a perennial favorite with countless revivals and productions. Their other famed collaborations include "On the Town," "Do Re Me!", "Singing in the Rain," and "Applause", to name but a few. While both are now deceased, their legacy and melodies linger on--on stages, screens, and in this lovely book. Phyllis Newman, a two-time Tony award-winning actress, brings a personal perspective to these songs whose lyrics her late husband wrote with his creative partner, Betty Comden.
High praise for Blue Apple's picture book rendition of Comden and Green's What's New at the Zoo?:
*"...the lyrics of the Tony-winning duo scan perfectly. Green's widow, Phyllis Newman adds an appealing introduction and afterword. Fresh and vintage at the same time."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred
*A Kirkus Best Books of 2011 selection
"With fun lift-the-flap details and tummy-tickling rhymes, this book will appeal to fans of slapstick humor. The cartoon illustrations really bring the silliness to life. A great read-aloud with an interesting history and musical connection."
--School Library Journal