A beloved classic tune is destined to be a hit when painted onto the pages of a children’s book—that is exactly what happened with this book. We love the playful illustrations that accompany this beautiful song, and seeing the words on each page remind us exactly why we adore it so very much.
First recorded in 1967 by Louis Armstrong, our favorite verse; “I see skies of blue and clouds of white. The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night. And I think to myself what a wonderful world.”
Do you like songs translated into book form? My littles have always been mesmerized toward them, and continue to ask me to read/sing it to them. I personally have a soft spot in my heart for books like this because it brings back a memory of an era that has gone by. It reminds me that I need to impart these classics to my children before they’re lost in another generation.
Often times after we read a book like this, I’ll get inspired to switch on my Bing Crosby Pandora station. Listening to the likes of Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and many more great artists. So many beautiful songs that our children in this day and age have never heard.
And then I sit back and picture myself in a 1960’s kitchen as I make sloppy joes or meatloaf for dinner—isn’t it remarkable how a book, a song or a painting can just instantly transport you to a different time and place?
What a Wonderful World, ballad originally written by Bob Thiele, George David Weiss, illustrated by Tim Hopgood based on the song sung by Louis Armstrong.