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Today is Monday, A Singable Book

Posted on: April 30, 2010


Today is Monday
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Eric Carle
(This book features printed sheet music and printed lyrics)

There’s a full serving of joy in this playfully illustrated book.  The illustrations are created by Eric Carle, using his special technique of creating collage from paint and colored tissue paper.  Texture, color, and whimsy abound.

The lyrics, like so many traditional songs, have many variations.  The repeating phrase used by Eric Carle in this book is “All you hungry children, come and eat it up.”  The repeated phrase is not printed on every page, so you have to include it yourself.

For example, the first page shows a picture of a porcupine eating a string bean, with the words:
“Today is Monday.  Monday string beans.”

Here’s how you sing it:

Today is Monday
Today is Monday
Monday, string beans
All you hungry children
Come and eat it up!

Then, you will add a day of the week and a food for each day:

Today is Tuesday
Today is Tuesday
Tuesday, spaghetti
Monday, string beans
All you hungry children
Come and eat it up!

Today is Wednesday
Today is Wednesday
Wednesday, ZOOOOP
Tuesday, spaghetti
Monday, string beans
All you hungry children
Come and eat it up!

Today is Thursday
Today is Thursday
Thursday, roast beef
Wednesday, ZOOOOP
Tuesday, spaghetti
Monday, string beans
All you hungry children
Come and eat it up!

Today is Friday
Today is Friday
Friday, fresh fish
Thursday, roast beef
Wednesday, ZOOOOP
Tuesday, spaghetti
Monday, string beans
All you hungry children
Come and eat it up!

Today is Saturday
Today is Saturday
Saturday, chicken
Friday, fresh fish
Thursday, roast beef
Wednesday, ZOOOOP
Tuesday, spaghetti
Monday, string beans
All you hungry children
Come and eat it up!

Today is Sunday
Today is Sunday
Sunday, ice cream
Saturday, chicken
Friday, fresh fish
Thursday, roast beef
Wednesday, ZOOOOP
Tuesday, spaghetti
Monday, string beans
All you hungry children
Come and eat it up!

Here’s the simplest version of the song I could find.  The words are not the same as in the book, but you can get the tune for singing a capella:
http://www.amazon.com/Today-Is-Monday/dp/B00129FGWA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1272305466&sr=8-1

This version is sweet, with some call and response added:
http://www.amazon.com/Today-is-Monday/dp/B003ELM7KS/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1272305547&sr=1-9

This version is fancier still with call and response and sound effects for each food:
http://www.amazon.com/Today-Is-Monday/dp/B000QLW4FW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1272305547&sr=1-1

Click here for a link to the Sing Books with Emily “Today is Monday Sound Effects and Movements” Poster Card:
today is monday, sound effects and movements

Click here for a link to the Sing Books with Emily “All You Hungry Children” Poster Card:
today is monday, come and eat it up sign

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1 Response to "Today is Monday, A Singable Book"

great simple version for young learners! Thanks

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