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The Marvelous Toy, A Singable Picture Book

Posted on: September 28, 2011

The Marvelous Toy is one of the all time Sing Books faves and it is high time to give this terrific book its own post!

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The Marvelous Toy
Words and Music by Tom Paxton
Illustrated by Steve Cox

This book, illustrated by Steve Cox, comes with a CD that includes Tom Paxton singing his song, but a second instrumental track so you can sing the book yourself.

Another illustration of the song, by Elizabeth Sales, can be sung with the same tracks that are included with Steve Cox’s version.

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The Marvelous Toy

Words and Music by Tom Paxton
Illustrated by Elizabeth Sayles

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Click here to purchase or preview Tom Paxton’s original recording of his song:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Marvelous-Toy-LP-Version/dp/B00123FPQS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1317052239&sr=1-2

Online music sellers like iTunes and Amazon sell many recordings of many artists’ (like Peter Paul & Mary and The Irish Rovers) versions of this fun, whimsical song.

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Tom Paxton sings his own song with the help of his grandson (and funny panting dog in the background),


http://vimeo.com/12995222

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Peter Paul & Mary sing “The Marvelous Toy,”

www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIl8JMkPylM

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An animated version (using John Denver’s recording which uses slightly different lyrics than the original),

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvmyxTm6hkg

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Info and interesting links about Steve Cox’s illustration of The Marvelous Toy on Tom Paxton’s website:
http://www.tompaxton.com/

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An interesting Wiki article about Tom Paxton, here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Paxton
This link contains a couple intresting tidbits about “The Marvelous Toy.”

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John Denver included “The Marvelous Toy” on his Christmas album, “Christmas Like a Lullaby,”
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004TVS9BS/ref=dm_dp_trk7?ie=UTF8&qid=1340234723&sr=1-7

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THE MARVELOUS TOY
Words and Music by Tom Paxton

When I was just a wee little lad full of health and joy,
My father homeward came one night and gave to me a toy.
A wonder to behold, it was, with many colors bright,
And the moment I laid eyes on it it became my heart’s delight.

It went “zip” when it moved and “bop” when it stopped,
And “whirr” when it stood still.
I never knew just what it was and I guess I never will.

The first time that I picked it up, I had a big surprise,
For right on its bottom were two big buttons that,
Looked like big green eyes.
I first pushed one and then the other, and then I twisted its lid,
And when I set it down again, this is what it did:

It went “zip” when it moved and “bop” when it stopped,
And “whirr” when it stood still.
I never knew just what it was and I guess I never will.

It first marched left and then marched right,
And then marched under a chair.
And when l looked where it had gone, it wasn’t even there.
I started to sob and my daddy laughed, for he knew that I would find,
When l turned around, my marvelous toy, chugging from behind.

It went “zip” when it moved and “bop” when it stopped,
And “whirr” when it stood still.
I never knew just what it was and I guess I never will.

Well, the years have gone by too quickly, it seems,
I have my own little boy.
And yesterday I gave to him my marvelous little toy.
His eyes nearly popped right out of his head,
And he gave a squeal of glee.
Neither one of us knows just what it is,
but he loves it, just like me.

It still goes “zip” when it moves, “bop” when it stops,
And “whirr” when it stands still.
I never knew just what it was,
And I guess I never will.

I never knew just what it was,
And I guess I never will.

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Addendum 10/19/2011

On “The Marvelous Toy” and the kazoo…

The Marvelous Toy comes packaged with a vocal and instrumental CD, so you can sing along and it just happens to be in a perfect sing-along key and exactly matches the book’s lyrics.  The track includes an instrumental break, however, and to fill the time, I play the kazoo.   It’s so much fun!  The kids can bop their heads and tap their knees and I get to do a little kazoo solo improv.

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Related Articles

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National Kazoo Day

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/28/happy-national-kazoo-day-january-28-2011/

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SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/singable-picture-books-for-christmas/

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TOM PAXTON

The Singable Picture Books of Tom Paxton
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/the-singable-picture-books-of-tom-paxton/

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