“Nancy Kelly Allen’s buoyant prose virtually sings throughout this engaging account of the world’s best-known musical ditty. Informative and fun!”
—Paul Brett Johnson, author and illustrator of The Cow Who Wouldn’t Come Down
During a time when candles glowed in lieu of electricity, the Hill sisters of Kentucky spent their days playing music on the piano and singing. While Mildred tickled out tunes on the ivories, Patty strung together lyrics and sang along.
Once the sisters grew up and became teachers, they continued to mix music and words, creating lovely melodies with an infectious beat. Each day they serenaded their kindergarten class with the catchy song “Good Morning to All.” When Mildred and Patty changed the lyrics at a birthday party, they could hardly have imagined that their little tune would become one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved songs.
Complete with Gary Undercuffler’s detailed and colorful illustrations, this cheerful children’s book captures the history of the “Happy Birthday” song.
About the Author
Nancy Kelly Allen is the author of Pelican’s Daniel Boone: Trailblazer. As a former teacher and librarian, she enjoys being in an environment where she can conjure ideas for her next story. Allen earned master’s degrees in elementary education, from Morehead State University, and library science, from the University of Kentucky. She resides in Hazard, Kentucky.
About the Illustrator
In addition to teaching art and design, Gary Undercuffler has received numerous awards for his art, including three Illustration of the Month awards and three Illustration of the Year awards from Highlights magazine. Undercuffler lives in Glenside, Pennsylvania.
The Story of the World’s Most Popular Song
By Nancy Kelly Allen
Illustrated by Gary Undercuffler
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Music
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Women
32 pp. 8½ x 11
31 color illus.