When You Wish Upon a Star

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Imagine Publishing, Incorporated, Oct 1, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 28 pages
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When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true

Grammy award-winning singer Judy Collins and illustrator Eric Puybaret, who together created the New York Times best-selling version of Over the Rainbow, are collaborating once again to bring a classic song to life.

Written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington in 1940, the Academy Award-winning When You Wish Upon a Star is beloved by listeners from 2 to 92 for its sweet hopefulness, poignant melody, and simple yet profound lyrics. No singer can capture the haunting beauty of this classic like Judy Collins, with her clear, pure, and emotionally resonant voice.

Eric Puybaret's captivating art, with its graceful lines, stunning use of color, and strong sense of fantasy, is the perfect complement to Collins' lovely interpretation.

Like Over the Rainbow, this deluxe picture book features the highest-quality production values, making it a volume to treasure forever.

Watch Judy Collins talk about When You Wish Upon a Star with Janet Davies on ABC 7 News Chicago:

 

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A graduate of the University of Utah, American composer Leigh Harline was a musical director for local LA radio when he was tapped by Walt Disney to score the Silly Symphonies cartoon series in 1932. Harline had nothing to do with the first hit song from the Disney factory, "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf," but he made up for this oversight with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In collaboration with Frank Churchill, Larry Morey, and Paul J. Smith, Harline was responsible for such immortal tunes as "I'm Wishing," "Whistle While You Work," "Heigh Ho" and "Some Day My Prince Will Come." Immensely satisfied with this Hit Parade lineup, Disney retained Harline's services for his next cartoon feature, Pinocchio (1939). In collaboration with Ned Washington and Paul J. Smith, Harline won an Academy Award for the Pinocchio opening-credits song "When You Wish Upon a Star," which would later become Disney's signature theme for his TV series. Harline left Disney in 1941 to compose for other studios (among his more memorable projects was the Hope-Crosby vehicle Road to Utopia [1945]), briefly returning to Uncle Walt for 1947's Fun and Fancy Free. Leigh Harline spent most of the '50s at 20th Century-Fox, then freelanced again, wrapping up his career in 1965 with the Universal Rock Hudson/Gina Lollobrigida comedy Strange Bedfellows. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Judy Collins has thrilled audiences for nearly five decades with her magnificent voice and thoughtful interpretations. Many of Collins's albums have been certified platinum and her version of Joni Michell's "Both Sides Now'has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Her rendition of Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns" won Grammy's Song of the Year in 1975. Judy's film about Antonia Brico, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1974. Brico was Judy's calssical piano teacher when she was young and was the first woman to conduct major symphonies around the world. In 2000, Judy founded her own record label, Wildflower Records.

Eric Puybaret is the best-selling illustrator of Puff, the Magic Dragon; 'The Night Before Christmas, performed by Peter, Paul and Mary (Imagine, 2010), and Over the Rainbow, performed by Judy Collins (Imagine, 2010), as well as numerous books in his native France. His art has been called "elegantly rendered," by the New York Times; "graceful [and] whimsical," by Publishers Weekly; and "lovely]]and indeed magical," by Kirkus Reviews.

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