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The Good Song: A Story Inspired by "Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World"

 
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The Good Song: A Story Inspired by "Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World"
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Age Range
4+
Release Date
October 06, 2020
ISBN
978-1944903831
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A beautiful song comes to life in this story set in Hawaii

The day the baby boy was born, on a beautiful Hawaiian island, the world sang him a lullaby. What a good song. But what is the good song? The boy listens for it and finds it in his heart and shares it with the world. Inspired by the medley of the classic songs “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” sung by Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole, the good song is aloha—love.

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A Beautiful Message
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4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
'The Good Song' by Alexandria Giardino, pictures by Penelope Dullaghan, combines colorful, powerful illustrations of a family and their time together. The book begins when a little boy is born and proceeds to show his relationship with his grandfather and their closeness. They talk of songs and what makes them good, and they consider how music can be found anywhere.

The story combines lyrics and ideas from 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' and 'What a Wonderful World,' showcasing the beauty of those two songs, and making readers realize that there is so much more than meets the ear as additional facts about both are included in the back of the book. A medley by Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo'ole is also found in the final pages, with words from the two songs meshed together to make one engaging tune.

Lovers of the two songs and the meaning behind the lyrics will find beauty in the book and its message.
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Lovers of the two songs ('Somewhere Over the Rainbow' and 'What a Wonderful World') and the meaning behind the lyrics will find beauty in the book and its message.
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book about grief, loss, and the power of a good song
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4.0
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3.0
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5.0
THE GOOD SONG is a book about grief and finding beauty in the world around you. A little boy grows up with a grandfather he loves very much, who has taught him to listen to the beautiful music all around. His grandfather has a heart attack and then he can no longer find the music. After a while, he listens and he hears a good song being sung by someone with a ukelele. The boy concludes that a good song is one that touches your heart and others.

What I loved: This book is filled with colorful, beautiful, and imaginative illustrations that bring the emotions of the story to life. The text is simple, and a lot is told through the illustrations and the unspoken words between the lines. The idea of a good song is certainly one that will resonate with readers, as songs that touch the heart always hold a special place. The inspiration of the story is also interesting, and I love the elements of Hawaiian culture intertwined in the story.

Final verdict: With lush imagery and simple text, THE GOOD SONG speaks to the heart with a story of grief, life, and the power of music.
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