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Over the Rainbow (Hardcover)

Over the Rainbow

Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Judy Collins
Paintings by Eric Puybaret

Hardcover with Jacket & CD
11 3/8 x 10-1/2 | 26 Pages | All-Color
March 2010 | Imagine/Peter Yarrow Books
Age Range: 4 and up
Carton Quantity: HC 20
ISBN 13: 978-1-936140-00-8

$17.95 (US)


Take a magical journey

When all the world is a hopeless jumble
and the raindrops tumble all around,
Heaven opens a magic lane.
When all the clouds darken up the skyway,
there’s a rainbow highway to be found,
Leading from your window pane to a place behind the sun,
just a step beyond the rain.

You may not immediately recognize these words…but you definitely know and love the song to which they belong. This is the introductory verse to “Over the Rainbow,” sung with such memorable poignancy by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz. Although she actually recorded these opening lyrics, they were never used in the film.

Now, this classic song has been transformed into a magnificent picture book and CD set. Breathtaking and magical artwork by Eric Puybaret—who painted the critically-acclaimed illustrations that helped turn Puff, the Magic Dragon into a blockbuster bestseller—will carry young readers from a little red farmhouse up over the rainbow, into the sky where bluebirds fly and castles rise high in the clouds, and beyond.

The extraordinary soundtrack for this book is performed by Judy Collins, who has recorded what might be the very best version of “Over the Rainbow” ever sung. The winner of a Grammy Award, Collins’s glorious voice is one of the most admired of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her version of this classic will delight and touch the heart of every parent and child who listens. As an added bonus, the enclosed CD also contains two delightful additional songs recorded by Judy Collins: White Choral Bells and I See the Moon.

  • Ranked #1 on the “Songs of the Century” list compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Ranked #1 by the American Film Institute as the greatest movie song of all time on “AFI’s 100 Years….100 Songs” list
  • An exquisite rendition of the song by Judy Collins, who will promote the book across North America
  • A critically-acclaimed and best-selling illustrator
  • First printing of over 150,000 copies
  • Amazing price point of only $17.95.
  • Superb production values—special art book quality paper, linen binding, double-thick hardcover boards, oversized, with a debossed illustration.


Eric Puybaret is the best-selling illustrator of PUFF, THE MAGIC DRAGON and the upcoming THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS performed by Peter, Paul and Mary (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.

Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide 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 Mitchell’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, co-directed by Jill Godmillow, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1974. Brico was Judy's classical 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.

Composer Harold Arlen and lyricist E.Y. Harburg were two of Broadway and Hollywood’s most popular songwriters. They wrote the songs for the classic film The Wizard of Oz, for which they won an Academy Award®.