Sunday, April 08, 2018

"With A Happy Refrain:" Singin' in the Rain by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown

When April showers come your way, there's only one thing to say--

I'm singin' in the rain, just singin' in the rain.

What a glorious feeling, I'm happy again!

With the musical advice of the hit song from the 1920s by Art Freed and Nacio Herb Brown to the hit movie of the 1950s with Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, and Gene Kelley, the way to survive a rainy day is to make the best of it. Pull out the slickers and galoshes, open up those umbrellas, and splash through the puddles--singing that rainy day song that every kid should know. (see link below)

Tim Hopgood's joyfully illustrated new picture book, Singing in the Rain (Godwin Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2017), celebrates April showers with his exuberantly created pictures. After all, those splashy showers surely bring the flowers in May, as another old rainy day song suggests. Hopgood's kids dance down the street with overshoes on their feet, smiling and laughing as the grownups slog by, heads down... The bestg way to beat a rainy day is...

with a hap, hap, happy refrain!

"Movie happiness is now picture-book joy," says Kirkus Reviews in their starred review. And feel free to let the kids learn the song from the pros: Debby, Donald, and Gene!

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