Heavenly Skies & Lullabies~Illustrated Song Book & CD is a lovely children's song book and CD, accompanied by soothing and celestial illustrations. The book opens up to 11 enchanting lullabies, along with lyrics and music engravings for piano and guitar. Children blessings' & prayers' are integrated into each heart-warming illustration to set the tone for the lullabies.
Heavenly Skies & Lullabies~Illustrated Song Book & CD was created by Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon & Frank Pellegrino. The illustrations were done by Becky Kelly. The foreword of the book was written by Father Gerard Critch. The book/cd was sponsored by The Louis R. Cappelli Foundation.
This book and CD are dedicated to "Children Throughout The World". 100% of all net proceeds from the sale of this book & CD will be donated to World Vision, specifically for the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. With your help, we can bring to lullabies to children in need everywhere.
Biographies of Artists:
Created & Sung By:
Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon is a Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeon in New York City, New York. She is Co-Founder and Chairwoman of the Heavenly Productions Foundation, whose mission is to help children in distress.
Kathy sang on the CD entitled "Heavenly Lullabies" which is dedicated to the Babies & Orphans of 9-11-01. All net proceeds from this CD go to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund. "Heavenly Skies & Lullabies" book & CD is the Foundation's second project to help children in need. Besides enjoying her work as a Doctor and publishing medical articles, she loves to sing and spend time with her family and friends. She is a member of The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and the International Woman's Writers Guild.
Frank Pellegrino is best known as the proprietor of Rao's Restaurant in New York City, New York. He currently appears on the HBO hit series, The Sopranos. He also appeared in award winning films snd television series including Goodfella's, Mickey Blue Eyes, and Woody Allen's Manhattan Murder Mystery and New York Undercover. Frank has also published two Italian cookbooks, Rao's Cookbook (Random House) and Rao's Cooks From the Neighborhood (St. Martin's Press). www.raos.com
Becky Kelly creates a world seemingly suspended in time-a world where children dangle their toes in clear running streams....best friends giggle and daydream in the comfortable crook of an ancient tree....and ethereal fairies doze on dew-dappled leaves. But Becky points out that what she paints is not fantasy, the scenes she paints are based on the real world-with sprinkling of stardust to add a bit of magic. Even as a child, Becky always had a paintbrush in her hand. Her love of art, nature and children has grown into an impressive collection of gift books, journals, greeting cards, posters & prints, bookmarks, and baby products. Over the years she has been a contributor to award-winning children's magazines along with educational publishers. Becky paints from a sun-lit studio surrounded by nature, where chipmunks, birds, and rabbits allow secret glimpses into their world. www.beckykelly.com
Father Gerard Critch was ordained on August 11, 1989 for the Diocese of St.John's-Basseterre, West Indies. He served as Diocesan Vocation Director, President of Diocesan Priests' Council, Diocesan Youth Director and Chaplain of Leeward Island Apostleship of the Sea (Tourism and Migrants). After Hurricane Hugo ravaged the Colony of Monserrat, W.I., he was sent there for three years to help in restoration ministry. Following this, he was appointed pastor of Tyrells, Antigua in 1992 for a period of six years. Father Critch came to New York for a sabbatical after his ministry in Antigua. He served as Parochial Vicar at St. John the Baptist Church in Yonkers, N.Y. In January of 2000, he was then appointed by Bishop Nevins to Sacred Heart Church in Bradenton, Florida. Father Critch was then incardinated into the Diocese of Venice on January 6, 2003and was transferred to St. Thomas More in Sarasota, Florida. www.sttmore.org
~Review of Heavenly Skies & Lullabies~
By Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
November 12, 2006
Created & Sung By
Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon & Frank Pellegrino
Illustrated by Becky Kelly
Foreword by Father Gerard Critch
Sponsored by The Louis R. Cappelli Foundation
Musicians: Andrew Bauer, Piano and Flute; Thomas Bitondo, Piano; Robert Cartolano, Wind Controller; Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon, Vocals; Kenneth A. Farnum, Piano; Keith O’Neill, Violin; Frank Pellegrino, Vocals
Music Arrangements: Andrew Bauer, Thomas Bitondo, James J. Fallon, Kenneth A. Farnum
Dr. Kathy Fallon, a foot and ankle surgeon with a social conscience, has created a charitable opportunity to raise funds for the child victims of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Fallon is a Board Certified foot and ankle specialist in New York City. She has previously published a recording, Heavenly Lullabies, to benefit babies and orphans of September 11, 2001. Proceeds of this CD go to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund. Working with Dr. Fallon on Heavenly Skies & Lullabies were actor/restaurateur, Frank Pellegrino, a star of The Sopranos and proprietor of Rao’s Restaurant, the renowned, tiny Harlem restaurant, where Hollywood stars reserve one year in advance. Mr. Pellegrino has appeared in films by Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese, and he has published two popular Italian gourmet cookbooks, that coincide with his private line of quality food products. Canadian-born Father Gerard Critch served three years in the West Indies, to assist victims of Hurricane Hugo, and six years in ministry in Antigua. He has also served in numerous Dioceses, including New York and Florida.
This illustrated song book, another philanthropic venture of the Fallons and friends, has some of the most exquisite color drawings, by Becky Kelly, designed to enchant both children and adults alike. With eleven delightful songs and lullabies, some renowned, such as Rock-a-Bye, Baby and Hush Little Baby, and some lesser known, such as Cradle Song and Golden Slumbers, children and guardians can follow along, page by page, verse by verse, and sing, hum, or listen to richly recorded renditions. Dr. Kathy Fallon has a professionally vocal quality, nurturing and comforting, in clear, precise lyrics. Frank Pellegrino, film star of Goodfellas and Manhattan Murder Mystery, restaurateur, and actor in The Sopranos, must be heard in his excellent performance as narrator of Spoken Prayer, in tandem with Dr. Fallon, and as vocalist in Little Man, You’ve Had a Busy Day. He speaks and sings with strong, soothing sensuality and persuasive persona.
The musicians, on piano, flute, and wind control, sometimes combine with either or both vocalists in ensemble effects. There is true musicianship here, as well as theatrical entertainment. This book/cd would be an excellent addition to every Day Care Center, Nursery School, and even Kindergarten classroom, in addition to children’s libraries. Each illustration is accompanied by a boxed “blessing”, such as “Starry angels, moonlit beams, light the way, to happy dreams”. There is a lot of love in this project, and the proceeds could not be for a better cause.
***2006 Dragon Pencil Award Winner!***
Entries were judged by an independent panel of twelve
expert judges during National Book Week of 2006
***Gold Medal for Illustration***
Awarded for superior illustration
Heavenly Skies & Lullabies
By Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon & Frank Pellegrino
Illustrated by Becky Kelly
**Review From Publishers Weekly**
Children's Audio/Video Notes
by Staff -- Publishers Weekly, 3/12/2007
Heavenly Skies & Lullabies features physician Kathy Reilly Fallon and restaurateur Frank Pellegrino wearing their performers' hats and lending their voices to spare arrangements of 11 soothing lullabies for this book-and-CD package. All net proceeds from the project will go to World Vision, a Christian relief organization, specifically for the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. The illustrated book contains a foreword by Father Gerard Critch of the Diocese of Venice, Fla., and also includes a number of brief, child-friendly prayers as well as music and lyrics for each selection. Among the favorite lullabies on the recording are "Golden Slumbers," "Hush Little Baby," "Toora, Loora, Loora" and "Gaelic Cradle Song." (Heavenly Productions Foundation, www.heavenlylullabies.org, book-and-CD, $25 ages 2-8 ISBN 978-1-933626-06-2; Dec. 2006).
***Announcing 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards Results Judging Results in 65 National Categories****
Heavenly Skies & Lullabies won a Bronze Medal under the category of Children's Interactive Book.
There is the listing of Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists in each of the 65 National categories in this year's Independent Publisher Book Awards. A total of 2,690 national entries came from all 50 U.S. states, 8 Canadian provinces, and 17 countries overseas. Congratulations to all participants for your excellent work!
2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards Results
Children’s Interactive Children's Book
Bronze:Heavenly Skies & Lullabies (Heavenly Productions)
****New York Book Festival****
Awarded Heavenly Skies & Lullabies
Illustrated Song Book & CD an
Honorable Mention in June, 2007
in New York City, New York.
***1st Annual Moonbeam Children's Book Award***
October 18, 2007
Heavenly Skies & Lullabies Won a Gold Medal for Best Illustrations by Becky kelly and a Bronze Medal for Best Children's Book with Music.