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Tim Hopgood’s Glorious Illustration for WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND

Posted on: September 13, 2016

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Words and Music by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith
As Sung by Peggy Lee
Illustrated By Tim Hopgood

It’s a special day indeed when a glorious illustration arrives for a beloved song.  WINTER WONDERLAND, in the artful hands of Tim Hopgood, has become an illustrated song to joy over.  I’m smitten and beside myself with excitement about it. Those colors and the family’s wintertime exuberance make singing this song extra fun.

Tim Hopgood’s pictures (from WINTER WONDERLAND and his other fantastically illustrated song WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD) remind me of the art from one of my favorite childhood books, RAGGEDY ANN (A THANK YOU, PLEASE AND I LOVE YOU BOOK), published by Golden Press in 1971. Having made this association, and looking at the books side by side just now, his artwork gives off a special glow of vintage nostalgia.

Tim Hopgood displays some of artwork from this book on his website:
http://www.timhopgood.com/walking-in-a-winter-wonderland/o7zwvfe9wiec903rucj4begitg8gwy

Even more artwork to see on the Macmillan Publisher’s webpage for the book:
http://us.macmillan.com/walkinginawinterwonderland/richardbsmith

This illustration is based on Peggy Lee’s recording.  The YouTube below displays her Christmas Carousel album cover, but the song really appears on her Christmas with Peggy Lee album.

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There is an acceptable karaoke track, HERE, if you’d like to sing it.  To use the karaoke track, you will sing through the whole book to the end, then turn back to second refrain (that’s the picture with snowman and family on the sled) and sing again through the end of the book.  This track extends the song.  Peggy Lee does not go back in her recording.

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Related Posts

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WINTER

Singable Picture Books for Winter
Some of these are sung at Christmastime, but this is a list of songs about Winter that you can sing all season long!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/singable-picture-books-for-winter/

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CHRISTMAS

A Collection of Singable Picture Books that celebrate CHRISTMAS!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/singable-picture-books-for-christmas/

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HOLIDAY SONGS FOR EVERYBODY
Sing these songs and bring folks together from any background!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/holiday-songs-for-everybody/

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THE ILLUSTRATED SONGS OF TIM HOPGOOD
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/the-illustrated-songs-of-tim-hopgood/

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