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Dr. Seuss's my many colored days.

Dr. Seuss's my many colored days. Minnesota Orchestra, 1999, VHS video, 45-minutes, color, lower elementary/upper elementary, $19.95.

Based on Theodor Geisel's book (published some five years after his death), this is a bright, colorful, tuneful adventure of a boy and his dog as they explore the myriad ever-changing emotions associated with growing up. The program is the third in the Notes alive! series from the Minnesota Orchestra; the first two programs were On the day you were born [EL 25:5] and Nutcracker: The untold story [EL 25:4]. The original music for this story-concert was composed by Richard Einhorn, and the narration of the Geisel text is by the talented actress, Holly Hunter (who won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in 1994's The piano). My many colored days is the only Dr. Seuss book -- that is, the only one actually written by Geisel -- that was not also illustrated by him. The illustrations in the book were created by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. The video program features original artwork and character design by A. J. Dewey. Included are explanations of how the program was created and interview clips with the animators, the composer, a musician from the Minnesota Orchestra and Geisel's widow, Audrey. Although rather long to be shown to target age viewers in its entirety in one sitting, it is an auditory and visual delight for young viewers.

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Title Annotation:Review
Author:Shearin, John
Publication:Teacher Librarian
Article Type:Video Recording Review
Date:May 1, 1999
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