World Book Day is a wonderful celebration of children’s literature. Children everywhere are dressing as their favourite characters, and chatting about their favourite books. Parents are allowing an extra 10 minutes at bedtime to read an extra few pages. Teachers are incorporating the best-loved stories into the day’s activities. And here at Musical Mum, I have been looking at the brilliant music that has been inspired by the greatest children’s books! Which are your favourites??
1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Pure Imagination
Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory represents a utopia for children and adults alike. Everything you could possibly wish for and dream of can come true, in this magical chocolate land. This song perfectly captures the essence of this message – let your imagination run wild – ‘want to change the world? There’s nothing to it!’
2. Mary Poppins – Let’s Go Fly A Kite
This song is full of complete childish delight! It is sung at the very end of the film, as Mr Banks learns the true pleasures of life. He dances around the house with his children, as he finally learns the happiness that family life brings. It is heartwarming and very uplifting!
3. Peter Pan – The Second Star to the Right
This timeless story has a real sense of nostalgia for adults – it is all about the boy who never grew up. We long to hold onto our children’s youth and innocence for as long as possible, and this film allows a hint of that. This is the opening title track, which tells of the directions to Neverland!
4. The Snowman – Walking in the Air
Ok, so it’s a bit strange to include Christmas music in March, but this is a classic. It’s one of the most fantastic stories for children, despite the fact that the book contains no words! It is the story of a little boy and his snowman, and the adventures they get up to before the snowman melts away. It’s the ultimate fantasy story for young children, who are completely fascinated by the snow.
5. The Wizard of Oz – Over the Rainbow
This is probably the most well-known song ever written for a film! It requires no introduction – it is just a beautiful, simple lullaby about the dreams of a young girl.
6. Winnie the Pooh – The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers
This is a fun, excitable, bouncy song – great for toddlers and their bundles of energy! It sums up Tigger perfectly, and brings to life the wonderful characters of A.A.Milne’s Hundred-Acre Wood.
7. Matilda – Naughty
Matilda is the ultimate bookworm heroine! She is brainy and brilliant, and has inspired children for generations now. Mistreated by many of the adults in her life, she decides to play tricks on them, to help her to deal with the unfairness. Hence, ‘sometimes, you have to be a little bit naughty’! This is witty, catchy, and very clever.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this list – check out my top musical books of the moment as well! Happy World Book Day 2017!