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Dan Smith
Missing rhyme puzzle: "My Favorite Things"

This song is from a 1959 Broadway musical, later made into a famous 1965 movie, The Sound of Music. It is thoroughly American, but it is telling a story set in Austria in 1938. The governess, Maria, is singing to comfort children frightened by a thunderstorm. The list of "favorite things" is intended to sound "German" to a U.S. audience, so it includes references to "German" foods familiar in the U.S., like "strudels" and "schnitzel." In keeping with the atmosphere of the story, the things on the list suggest the innocence of childhood, wholesomeness, and natural beauty.

The list shifts back and forth between simple everyday things--"comfort food," presents, things that might be found in a kitchen or a nursery--and flashes of majestic outdoor beauty. (In the movie, one of the things Maria does is to get the children out of the castle and playing outdoors in fresh air, in the beautiful mountain scenery Maria loves so much).

The three missing words all rhyme with "strings." Each dash represents one missing letter.

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,

Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,

Brown paper packages tied up with _ _ _ings,

These are a few of my favorite things!

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels,

Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles,

Wild geese that fly with the moon on their _ings,

These are a few of my favorite things!

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes,

Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes,

Silver white winters that melt into _ _ _ings,

These are a few of my favorite things!

In the movie, Julie Andrews was both a wonderful singer and actor. The musical is sometimes scorned for being too sweet, but Andrews is so convincing that you are convinced that she believes everything she says. She sings very clearly, with a slight English accent. The song begins at about 0:13 but I think you will probably want to watch the first part in order to "set the scene."

Sep 6, 2016 8:25 PM
Comments · 1

Thank you Dan, for another nice sweet song:)Well, can I say it a "lullaby"?

BTW,I came across some new food items you've mentioned i.e, schnitzel and strudels.Really looking yummy but these are some snacks.Ain't they?

Here are the words--




Thank you:)

September 7, 2016
Dan Smith
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