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Singable Picture Books of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

Posted on: November 7, 2011

I grew up with Sherman Brothers songs on the radio, on my record player, and constantly looping through my mind.  I adore their music.  MARY POPPINS is one of my favorite movies ever in the world.

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Hush-a-Bye Mountain
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Illustrated by Leanna Leithauser

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Feed the Birds” (from Mary Poppins) in

Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies

Selected by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton
Illustrated by James McMullan

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It’s a Small World
Words and Music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Illustrated by Joey Chou

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Pooh’s Playful Songs (Play-a-Song)
Words and Music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Illustrated by Disney

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Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (See, Hear, Read)
Words and Music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Illustrated by Disney

With so many wonderful songs in their catalogue for a list of movie musicals that includes the Winnie the Poohs, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Mary Poppins, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, I simply cannot belive that there are so few picture books illustrating the songs of this most fabulous set of brothers.  I sure do hope for more to come along.

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Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman’s work, story, and relationship tell a fascinating story, which is beautifully detailed in a documentary about them,

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story (2009)

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Link here to the website for the documentary:
http://www.theboysdoc.com/

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A Wikipedia article about the documentary:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boys:_The_Sherman_Brothers’_Story
(Look at the bottom for the amazing list of Disney movies for which the brother team wrote so much memorable music)

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I enjoyed the YouTube trailer for the documentary, too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOQr7fYME34

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How I WISH WISH WISH Disney would create Singable Picture Books from more of their musicals, especially,

MARY POPPINS!

This original soundtrack comes with a final track of The Sherman Brothers reminiscing about making the music for Mary Poppins:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013HYKNM/ref=dm_dp_trk18?ie=UTF8&qid=1318159580&sr=301-1

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Addendum, 10/23/2013

This CBS Sunday Morning on 10/20/2013 featured a segment with Robert B. Sherman interviewed about the songs he wrote with his brother Richard M. Sherman for so many musicals and Disney projects.  There will soon be a movie released about the making of Disney’s Mary Poppins, based on the classic books by P. L. Travers:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeKzl3KposU

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SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK WISHES 2 (SONGS THAT WISH TO BE ILLUSTRATED)

There songs are BEGGING to become Singable Picture Books
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The Singable Picture Books of Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/singable-picture-books-of-richard-m-sherman-and-robert-b-sherman/

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An Addendum to Post for the Singable Picture Books of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

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