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“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat,” A Singable Poem with Pictures and a Play on a Classic

Posted on: January 4, 2011

I’ve written about “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Bat” in posts related to songs that use the same tune, but I’ve decided that it deserves its very own post, since it holds its own with such charm and is such a fun song to sing.

If you read carefully, you will find an irreverent take on “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”  in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,”  when the Mad Hatter sings “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Bat.”

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you’re at!
Up above the world you fly,
Like a tea tray in the sky.


This famous illustration of the Mad Hatter singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat” is from illustrator John Tenniel.

 

Sing “Twinkle Little Bat” with me,  here:
http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/twinkle-little-bat-eleg-2010

Illustrations of this parody can be found in many versions of the “Alice” book.

It is also included in the Lewis Carrol edition of “Poetry for Young People,”


Poetry for Young People, Lewis Carroll
Edited by Edward Mendelson
Illustrated by Eric Copeland

A wiki article about “Twinkle Little Bat,”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twinkle,_Twinkle,_Little_Bat


Songs from Alice (Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass)
Poems by Lewis Carroll
Illustrated by Charles Folkard
(This book, ISBN 0-7136-1959-7, includes Carroll’s poem texts and Folkard’s Illustrations)

Click here for a website sharing Folkard’s wonderful illustrations:
http://learning2share.blogspot.com/2008/02/charles-folkards-alice-in-wonderland.html


Songs from Alice (Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass)
Poems by Lewis Carroll
Music by Don Harper
Illustrated by Charles Folkard
(This book, ISBN 0-8234-0358-0, includes Carroll’s poem texts, printed music composed by Don Harper and Folkard’s Illustrations)

In the Disney animated version of “Alice,” “Twinkle Little Bat” is recited (not sung) by Dormouse,

www.youtube.com/watch?v=quupv3h64O8


Twinkle Little Bat SBWE Sing-Along Poster Card
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Lewis Carroll
Poster Card by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Click here to view or print the poster card:
TWINKLE LITTLE BAT SBWE sing along card

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat
Published in: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Traditional Tune, Same as “ABC Song” and “Baa Blacksheep
Words by Lewis Carroll
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

Click here to view or print the book:
twinkle bat book

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Related Posts

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USEFUL TUNES IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/useful-tunes-in-the-public-domain/

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SONG/BOOK SETS

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songbook-sets/

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TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/twinkle-little-star-the-song-the-list/

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TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE BAT

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/twinkle-twinkle-little-bat-a-singable-poem-with-pictures-and-a-play-on-a-classic/

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/26/alices-adventures-in-wonderland-and-through-the-looking-glass-singable/

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY VIDEO SERIES

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/video-series/

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