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What a Wonderful World

What a Wonderful World

Bob Thiele and George David Weiss; Illustrated by Tim Hopgood

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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First recorded in 1967 by Louis Armstrong, and with sales of over one million copies, "What a Wonderful World" has become a poignant message of hope for people everywhere. Sweet and positive in its message, with bright, beautiful art, this book is sure to be a hit. Perfect for sharing!

Praise for What a Wonderful World

“Hopgood interprets this beloved ballad, written by Thiele and Weiss and made famous by Louis Armstrong. His colorful mixed-media collages present a hopeful world, filled with summery trees, sunny blue skies, and pastoral scenes from around the globe. . . . an upbeat story hour selection.” —Booklist

“With a satisfying night-to-day-to-night cycle, the book not only reinforces the concepts of colors but also provides a sense of security of the way things are supposed to be in the world. The repeated refrain of 'Wow!' throughout the book will elicit a chorus among young listeners at storytime.” —Booklist on Wow! Said the Owl

“Straightforward and flowing, this title makes a satisfying introduction to the colors of the day.” —School Library Journal on Wow! Said the Owl

“This sweet, wonder-filled picture book will make a good addition to toddler storytime and a perfect bedtime read, too.” —The Horn Book on Wow! Said the Owl

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Bob Thiele and George David Weiss; Illustrated by Tim Hopgood

Tim Hopgood was six years old when he first heard Louis Armstrong's recording of "What a Wonderful World." Years later his daughter found a recording of the song in a flea market and gave it to him as a present. As soon as he heard Louis Armstrong's gravelly voice sing the first few lines, he knew he wanted to capture the joy of the song in a picture book

Bob Thiele

George David Weiss

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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