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Friends, Sing Books with me
on Wednesday, July, 23, 2014 10:30am
at the Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library
in Woodbridge, VA

Songs might include:
There’s a Train Out for Dreamland, Rubber Duckie, Smokey the Bear, Rhode Island is Famous for You, You’re a Grand Old Flag…and many many more! Come Sing Along!

Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library
2239 Old Bridge Road in the Tackett’s Mill Shopping Center
Woodbridge, VA 22192-2930
703-792-5675

Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library website:
http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/library/Pages/Lake-Ridge-Neighborhood-Library.aspx

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SONGS WE SANG AT GAINESVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARY, Saturday, July 12, 2014
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/the-songs-we-sang-at-the-gainesville-neighborhood-library-on-7122014/

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SONGS WE SANG AT INDEPENDENT HILL NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARY, Saturday, June 28, 2014
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/the-songs-we-sang-at-independent-hill-neighborhood-library-in-prince-william-county-va-6282014/

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SONGS WE SANG AT DUMFRIES NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARY, Wednesday, July 9, 2014
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/the-songs-we-sang-at-dumfries-neighborhood-library-792014/

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THE SONGS WE SANG AT TUCKAHOE, CARLIN SPRINGS AND CLAREMONT ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/the-many-marvelous-songs-we-sang-at-tuckahoe-claremont-and-carlin-springs-elementary-schools-in-arlington-va-in-the-2013-2014-school-year/

Eloise and I made a scratch recording for our Project PUT Theme Song:

THE PROJECT PUT THEME SONG LYRICS w guitar chords
Project PUT Theme Song: This Land for You and Me, Lyric Sheet with Guitar Chords
Sing to the Tune of “America: My Country ‘Tis of Thee”
Adapted Lyrics by Eloise and her mom
Traditional Tune
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
THE PROJECT PUT THEME SONG LYRICS w guitar chords

Sing Along with Eloise and Emily, here:

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Project PUT Song List
http://projectput.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/project-put-song-list/

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Take the Project PUT Pledge and Become a Member of Project PUT
http://projectput.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/take-the-project-put-pledge-and-become-a-member-of-project-put/

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PROJECT PUT ACTION IDEAS
http://projectput.wordpress.com/put-action-ideas/

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PROJECT PUT ACHIEVEMENTS
http://projectput.wordpress.com/put-achievements/

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AMERICA: MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/my-country-tis-of-thee-a-singable-picture-book/

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AMERICAN HISTORY: CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND TELL STORIES OF AMERICAN HISTORY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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Lyrics for Project PUT Theme Song Set to MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THEE Tune, Recognized by Author of Book About the Song
http://projectput.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/lyrics-for-project-put-theme-song-set-to-my-country-tis-of-thee-tune-recognized-by-author-of-book-about-the-song/

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A Frog He Would a-Wooing Go
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by William Stobbs
Another title for same song is Froggie Went a-Courtin’

A friend of mine had an interesting conversion going on Facebook and someone mentioned the song FROGGIE WENT A-COURTIN’.

This reminded me that I bought a frog limberjack for singing the song (for which I also plan to use the horse limberjack I already had)

FROGGIE is a story song, but the story can be repetititve and can progress slowly.  So, as to keep kid’s attention and keep the story moving, I’ve adapted the song to suit my needs. As the folks process allows, I’ve added a couple new lyrics and changed others.

I didn’t want Forggie to be packing a pistol, for example. I prefer that he just wanted to dress up and look nice for Miss Mousie.  I also wanted to condense the conversation with Uncle Rat, have him bless the wedding, and get right to the festivities.  In my version, the Bumblebee comes to play the banjo and the Old Gray Goose cuts loose on the fiddle, and the Ants come for a dance.  I wanted to make sure they go to France for they honeymoon and, as is traditional, for listeners to be told to make up some new story for themselves.

FROGGIE WENT A-COURTIN’
Traditional Words and Tune
Some Adaptations by ELEG for SBWE

Froggie went a-courtin’ and he did ride, a-huh
Froggie went a-courtin’ and he did ride
All dressed up to show his pride
A-huh, a-huh, fare thee well

He rode down to Mousie’s door, a-huh
He rode down to Mousie’s door
Where he had often been before
A-huh, a-huh, fare thee well

He took Miss Mousie on his knee, a-huh
He took Miss Mousie on his knee
And asked “Miss Mouse will you marry me?”
A-huh, a-huh, fare thee well

“You must ask my Uncle Rat’s consent,” a-huh
”Without my Uncle Rat’s consent
I would not marry the president”
A-huh, a-huh, fare thee well

Uncle Rat smiled and he said yes, a-huh
Uncle Rat smiled and he said yes
And this his how the wedding went
A-huh, a-huh, fare thee well

First to come was the Bumblebee, a-huh
First to come was the Bumblebee
Who played the banjo on his knee
A-huh, a-huh, fare thee well

Next to come was the Old Gray Goose, a-huh
Next to come was the Old Gray Goose
She picked up her fiddle and she cut loose
A-huh, a-huh, fare thee well

Last to come were the Fancy Ants, a-huh
Last to come were the Fancy Ants
Steppin’ ‘round to have a dance
A-huh, a-huh, fare thee well

The Mouse and Frog each said “I do,” a-huh
The Mouse and Frog said, “I marry you,”
Then off to France for their Honeymoon
A-huh, a-huh, fare thee well

The wedding picture sits on a shelf, a-huh
The wedding picture sits on a shelf
If you want anymore, then sing it yourself
A-huh, a-huh, fare thee well

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WATSON FAMILY

Singable Picture Books from Nancy Dingman, Aldren A., Clyde and Wendy Watson
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/singable-picture-books-by-the-watsons-nancy-dingman-aldren-a-clyde-and-wendy/

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JOHN LANGSTAFF: SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF JOHN LANGSTAFF
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/07/31/the-singable-picture-books-of-john-langstaff/

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FROGGIE WENT A COURTIN’ IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

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FROGGIE WENT A-COURTIN’, New Lyrics Adapted by ELEG for SBWE

For the last few summers, I’ve gotten the huge delight of visiting libraries in Virginia’s Prince William County Library System.

The 2014 summer reading program theme is  PAWS TO READ, with an adorable dog illustration on the front cover of the publication.

paws to read

In honor of  PAWS TO READ, I assembled a list of books that feature our furry friends:

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Bozo at the Dog Show (Capitol Record-Reader)
Music by Billy May

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The Comic Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard and Her Dog
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Tomie dePaola

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Dog Train

Words by Sandra Boynton
Music by Sandra Boynton and Michael Ford
Illustrated by Sandra Boynton

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“The dog takes a cat…”

The Farmer in the Dell
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Ilse Plume

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Give the Dog a Bone
Additional words by Steven Kellogg
Illustrations by Steven Kellogg

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“…it’ll hold eight kids and four hound dogs…”

Grandma’s Feather Bed (John Denver’s)
Words and Music by Jim Connor
Adapted and Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

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How Much is that Doggie in the Window
Words and Music by Bob Merrill
Words Adapted by Iza Trapani
Illustrated by Iza Trapani

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I HAD A LITTLE DOG
Words and Music by Key Wilde & Mr. Clark
Illustrated by Key Wilde
YouTube video link:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0crOJJYwujY

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“Give a dog a bone…”

Knick Knack Paddy Whack

Traditional Words and Tune
Arrangements by Mark Collins
Illustrations by Christiane Engel
(I love this version of “Knick Knack,” published by Barefoot Books, for the clever arrangement, adding a new instrument with each number, and terrific CD that includes a great vocal by SteveSongs, but best of all a singable instrumental track that gets toes a-tappin’ and perfect for singing along)
Published by Barefoot Books 

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=9–t3zl4NkY
Knick Knack Paddy Whack
Traditional Words and Tune
Arrangements by Mark Collins
Illustrations by Christiane Engel
Singable Picture Book Video from Barefoot Books:
http://www.youtube.com/user/barefootbooks

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Knick Knack Paddy Whack
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

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Me and My Animal Friends
Words and Music by Ralph Covert
Illustrated by Laurie Keller

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New York State of Mind

Words and Music by Billy Joel
Illustrated by IZAK

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Oh Where, Oh Where Has my Little Dog Gone
Original Rhyme by Sarah Josepha Hale
Words Adapted by Iza Trapani
Illustrated by Iza Trapani

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Old Blue Taylor Holton
Old Blue (You Good Dog You)
Traditional Words and Tune
Story by Mark Taylor
Illustrated by Gene Holton
Sing OLD BLUE with Emily:

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Old Blue (You Good Dog You) (Printed Music)
Traditional Words and Tune
Arranged by Mark Taylor

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Old Mother Hubbard and Her Wonderful Dog

Traditional Words and Tune
Additional Words and Adaptations by James Marshall
Illustrated by James Marshall

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JAMES MARSHALL

The Whimsical, Wacky, Wallop of Singable Picture Books by James Marshall
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/20/the-wonderful-world-of-james-marshall/

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The Songs We Sang at Dumfries Neighborhood Library, 7/9/2014
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/the-songs-we-sang-at-dumfries-neighborhood-library-792014/

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SANDRA BOYNTON

The Singable Picture Books by Author, Illustrator, Songwriter Sandra Boynton:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/sandra-boyntons-singable-picture-books/

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IZA TRAPANI
The Singable Picture Books of Iza Trapani
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/the-singable-picture-books-of-iza-trapani/

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DOGS IN ILLUSTRATED SONGS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/dogs-in-illustrated-songs/

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PAWS TO READ online Calendar 2014:
http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/library/Documents/Calendar%20of%20Events/2014_06-8interactive.pdf

I made a poster with the Declaration of Independence Trumbull Portrait to celebrate Independence Day 2014, using the 1776 verse text my daughter learned for her 4th grade Colonial Day.

Since the text is not so easy to read on the first poster, I decided to make a second one so kids can read the text and sing-along:

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yankee doodle 1776 verse text sbwe eleg

Yankee Doodle with 1776 Verse, Text Poster for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Poster Assembled by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this poster, click here:
yankee doodle 1776 verse text sbwe eleg

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YANKEE DOODLE, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/little-house-songs-yankee-doodle/

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YANKEE DOODLE IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/little-house-songs-yankee-doodle/

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“Read, Sing, Play ABC Sing-Along,” A Singable Book, Letter E (tune of Yankee Doodle)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/04/04/%E2%80%9Cread-sing-play-abc-sing-along%E2%80%9D-a-singable-book-letter-e/
This post features a version of “Yankee Doodle” that appears in “Little House in the Big Woods”

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LITTLE HOUSE SONGS: LAURA INGALLS WILDER – SONGS OF THE LITTLE HOUSE BOOKS
Songs of the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/songs-of-the-little-house-books-by-laura-ingalls-wilder/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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FOURTH OF JULY AND OTHER HOLIDAYS CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND HISTORY
A list of Patriotic Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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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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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily, Service Providers, Vendors, Audio and Video to help you SING-ALONG!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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Happy Independence Day from Sing Books with Emily, and an addition to the Yankee Doodle Repertoire
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/happy-independence-day-from-sing-books-with-emily-and-an-addition-to-the-yankee-doodle-repertoire/

I am a FAN of Oliver Sack’s Facebook page.

A few weeks ago he posted on his Facebook page an article about how spiders tune their webs to make music

SPIDERS HARNESS THE POWER OF MUSIC
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/7384/20140603/spiders-harness-the-power-of-music.htm

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NPR’s MORNING EDITION reported on the subject
http://www.npr.org/2014/06/10/319179807/spiders-tune-in-to-webs-music-to-size-up-meals-and-mates

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MUSIC IS EVERYWHERE
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/music-is-everywhere/

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INFO AND THINKING ABOUT SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/resources-for-inspiration-and-information/

This is a collection of posts that capture MUSIC in some of the most unlikely places.  These posts remind us how music is everywhere all the time.  Just listen.

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GEORGE BELLOWS: Something George Bellows Said
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/something-artists-george-bellows-said/

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INFO AND THINKING ABOUT SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/resources-for-inspiration-and-information/

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JAMES ABBOTT McNEILL WHISTLER: 
Something Whistler Said…
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/something-whistler-said/

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THE MAN WITH THE VIOLIN
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/the-man-with-the-violin/

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SPIDER WEB MUSIC
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/spider-webs-tuned-for-music/

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TRAINS INSPIRE MUSIC
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/trains-inspire-music/

MUSIC IS EVERYWHERE!

To articulate the romance of trains and locomotives’ muse, Joshua Hammer writes in the 6/1/2014 NY Times Book Review:

Riding the rails to Boston in 1924, George Gershwin listened to the roar of the steam engine and the turn of the wheels and found the inspiration for “Rhapsody in Blue,” his hymn to urbanizing, Jazz Age America. “It was on the train, with its steely rhythms, its rattle-ty bang, that is so often so stimulating to a composer,” he told a biographer, describing the moment of creation. “I frequently hear music in the very heart of the noise.” W. C. Handy and other African-American musicians heard a similar sound on the Illinois Central, the Midwestern line that spirited them away from the Deep South on the Great Migration that began during World War I. They married the whistle and drone of the locomotive to the plaintive chants of sharecroppers and invented the “city blues.” Steve Goodman, a little-known composer, was inspired by a ­journey on the same line to write a dirge that became one of the anthems of the Vietnam War era — “The City of New ­Orleans.”

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Link to NY TIMES BOOK REVIEW, Sunday, June 1, 2014
JOURNEY BY RAIL, by Joshua Hammer,

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/books/review/tom-zoellners-train.html?_r=0

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TRAINS
Train Songs in Singable Picture Books:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/train-songs-in-singable-picture-books/

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MUSIC IS EVERYWHERE

I saw a meme posted on someone’s Facebook page that modified an acrostic poem and used the words math, language, history, reading and science to exemplify the educational and cultural enrichment that music offers:

MATH
LANGUAGE
HISTORY
READING
SCIENCE

It is not always easy to articulate for others what I do with my Sing Books work, or to help folks understand why music is so enriching (for EVERYONE…not just kids) I liked that music is math, language, history, reading and science meme so much, and since those words apply also to the illustrated songs in the Sing Books repertoire (and to the activity of singing of those songs), I’d make it my own.

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MUSIC IS poster ELEG 4 SBWE

MUSIC IS Poster for Sing Books with Emily
Music (and Sing Books with Emily) is Math, Language, History, Reading and Science

Please print this poster and give it to everyone you know!

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily, Service Providers, Vendors, Audio and Video to help you SING-ALONG!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

My son and I were walking around Washington, DC’s Chinatown this afternoon to the tune of some ugly street music and I began to think of this book (and how I WISHED Joshua Bell could have been there instead),

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The Man with the Violin
Story by Kathy Stinson
Illustrations by Dusan Petricic
Postscript by Joshua Bell

This book was a gift from my wonderful friend, marvelous teacher and supporter of SING BOOKS, Danielle Ancil.  What a fantastic gift this is, too, to remind me of the GIFT that music is to the world, how important it is to our lives, how enriching music is (even when we don’t always top to pay attention when something gorgeous is filling the space around us!

I’m so glad to have gotten the chance to explore this story…

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Publisher’s webpage for the book:

http://www.annickpress.com/Man-with-the-Violin-The

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Publisher’s Author video for this book:

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A long and detailed account of the event on the Washington Post website, here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html

By Gene Weingarten, Washington Post Staff Writer, Sunday, April 8, 2007

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Image of Joshua Bell playing in the Metro:

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/joshua-bell-playing-at-lenfant-plaza-metro-in-washington-dc-news-photo/141021658

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Washington Post video of the event, here:

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NPR’s ALL THINGS CONSIDERED interviews Josha Bell about the event:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9521098

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ZIN ZIN ZIN A VIOLIN, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/zin-zin-zin-a-violin-a-singable-picture-book/

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NOT NECESSARILY SINGABLE, BUT MUSIC RELATED ON SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, THE BLOG
This is a list of Picture Books that are not necessarily singable, but which have appeared in my blog as books which embrace music as an important and enriching part of our lives.  For a more comprehensive list (including books which have not yet made their way into the Sing Books blog) please see the Pinterest link just below this one:

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/picture-books-not-necessarily-singable-which-embrase-music-as-an-important-and-enriching-component-of-our-lives/


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