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Not just Manhattan, this book sings about urban gardens in Chicago, Atlanta, Toronto, Seattle, and Washington DC.  The last pages called GREEN MATTERS give info about gardening in cities and list a few resources.  It’s a fun song, but you can learn about gardening in a city and even some geography, too.  The colorful pictures in the book draw you in with the activity of planting, growing and harvesting.  And I love Caspar Babypants’ recording of the song, with his friendly/funky voice accompanied by guitar and what sounds like a Hawaiian lap steel slide guitar giving some nice flavor.  I love this book.

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old manhattan has some farms cover
Old Manhattan Has Some Farms
Words by Susan Lendroth
Traditional Tune, Sing to the Tune of Old MacDonald
Includes a downloadable song from Caspar Babypants
Illustrated by Kate Endle

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Publisher Charlesbridge webpage for this book:
http://www.charlesbridge.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=5876

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Link to the song as performed by Caspar Babypants:
http://babypantsmusic.com/album/150469/old-manhattan-has-some-farms

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Interview with author Susan Lendroth about writing the book:
http://www.goodreadswithronna.com/2014/08/15/an-interview-with-susan-lendroth-author-of-old-manhattan-has-some-farms/

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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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EARTH’S BEAUTY AND BOUNTY, STEWARDSHIP AND BEING GREEN

Celebrate Earth’s beauty and bounty, being green, and environmental stewardship with this lovely list of Singable Picture Books:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/singable-picture-books-with-a-green-theme/

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GARDEN SING-ALONG
A list of songs to inspire us to look around us in a garden and enjoy, observe, appreciate and preserve the natural world around us

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/garden-sing-along-song-choices-for-singable-expeditions-at-tuckahoe-elementary-or-for-any-garden-sing-along/

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Old MacDonald in Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/07/17/%E2%80%9Cread-sing-play-abc-sing-along%E2%80%9D-a-singable-book-letter-p-tune-of-%E2%80%9Cold-macdonald-had-a-farm%E2%80%9D/

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Caspar Babypants Songs For Books Webpage:
http://babypantsmusic.com/songs-for-books

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Sing Books With Emily’s Top 10 Favorite Illustrated Songs of 2014 (and a few others, too)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/sing-books-with-emilys-top-10-favorite-illustrated-songs-of-2014-and-a-few-others-too/

This post is under construction…

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senor pancho had a rancho
Señor Pancho Had a Rancho (and Old MacDonald)
Words by René Colato Laínez
Illustrated by Elwood Smith
978-0-8234-2632-4

Open the book. You’ll find two farmers.  OLD MACDONALD on the left page and SENOR PANCHO on the right.  The barnyard animals make different sounds in Spanish than they do in English, and making this point with hilarious illustrations makes for a very funny book.

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Publisher Holiday House’s webpage for this book:
http://www.holidayhouse.com/title_display.php?ISBN=9780823426324

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Author René Colato Laínez writes about what inspired him to write SENOR PANCO
http://fullcirclelit.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-story-behind-story-meet-old.html

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Publisher Holiday House created this adorable Spanish animal sounds match up sheet as an activity to go with the book:
http://www.holidayhouse.com/docs/HH_Senor_Ver2.pdf

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OLD MACDONALD in Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/07/17/%E2%80%9Cread-sing-play-abc-sing-along%E2%80%9D-a-singable-book-letter-p-tune-of-%E2%80%9Cold-macdonald-had-a-farm%E2%80%9D/

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FUNNY SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

That’s Hilarious! A List of Singable Picture Books that’ll Crack You Up!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/thats-hilarious-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-thatll-crack-you-up/

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SPANISH
Singable Picture Books with Songs in Spanish
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/singable-picture-books-with-songs-in-spanish/

This post is an addendum to:
FOX WENT OUT ON A CHILLY NIGHT
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/the-fox-went-out-on-a-chilly-night-an-old-folk-song-and-a-singable-picture-book/

Addendum 11/28/2014

Peter Spier’s inimitable illustration is reissued in 2014, with artwork restored this illustrated song classic again shines gloriously.  In previous edition, half the pages were black and white.  Peter Spier went back to his original classic pictures and recolorized everything and added color where previously the pages were just black and white. This is very exciting!  It’s one of the kids’ favorite songs in classrooms and they are going to love this reissue.

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2014 reissue cover for FOX WENT OUT ON A CHILLY NIGHT
fox went out on a chilly night spier 2014
Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night (An Old Song), 2014 Reissue
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier

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Article about the reissue, here:
http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecotthonors/1962honorfoxwentoutchillynight

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More about the reissue from publisher in Canada:
http://penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/249418/fox-went-out-chilly-night#9780385376167

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Visit Amazon to “Look Inside” and see some of the new pages:
http://smile.amazon.com/Fox-Went-Out-Chilly-Night/dp/0385376162/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1417285215&sr=8-2&keywords=peter+spier+2014

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Peter Spier Author Video for 2014 Reissues of Some of His Work on Random House Publisher’s Website:
http://www.randomhousekids.com/videos/cnr5u7t9f_c-peter-spier-author-video#.VHoORDHF-So

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FAVORITE SINGABLES ON PINTEREST
Of the hundreds (maybe thousands) of choices, this list onPinterest displays the top blockbuster favorite Singable Picture Books that we warble together at Sing Books visits:
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/

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FATHER FOX’S PENNYRHYMES AND FATHER FOX’S FEAST OF SONGS, SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS AND PRINTED MUSIC, TOO!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/05/father-foxs-pennyrhymes-and-father-foxs-fest-of-songs-singable-picture-books-and-printed-music-too/

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The Fox, a Crafty Character for Singable Picture Books

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/the-fox-a-crafty-character/

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FOX WENT OUT ON A CHILLY NIGHT
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/the-fox-went-out-on-a-chilly-night-an-old-folk-song-and-a-singable-picture-book/

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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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PETER SPIER
The Singable Picture Books of Peter Spier
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/singable-picture-books-of-peter-spier/

Let’s be clear, this is really more of a something for grown-ups…

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outlaw pete
Outlaw Pete
Music and Lyrics by Bruce Springsteen
Illustrated by Frank Caruso

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Video with Bruce Springsteen’s Recording

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDqrniE3Uy8

An epic song by Bruce Springsteen.  Epic illustrations by Frank Caruso beautifully match the lyrics.  An 8 minute songs that flies by in a wink.  The song and visual together create something of a short film, a short format modern western.

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Simon & Schuster webpage for OUTLAW PETE
http://books.simonandschuster.com/Outlaw-Pete/Bruce-Springsteen/9781501103858

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Wall Street Journal interviews illustrator Frank Caruso and includes a two page illustration:
http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/11/04/meet-frank-caruso-the-illustrator-of-bruce-springsteens-outlaw-pete/

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This link to a blog with post about the book and a tweet from Bruce Springsteen with a peek at a 2-page spread illustration:
http://www.spl-messages.net/topic/bruce-to-release-comic-book-called-outlaw-pete

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Rolling Stone shares the news about the book:
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bruce-springsteen-outlaw-pete-childrens-book-20140828

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Bruce Springsteen and Frank Caruso are interviews by Jon Stewart on the Daily Show:
http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/ajhv8h/bruce-springsteen—frank-caruso

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This is an addendum to the post:

ABCs, the Alphabet Song, Illustrated
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/abcs-an-illustrated-song/

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10/28/2014

Daniel Radcliffe sings Alphabet Aerobics by Blackalicious on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKdV5FvXLuI

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ABCs with American Sign Language Alphabet
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Click here to view or print this card, click here:
letters caps WITH SIGN

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MANY SONGS, ONE TWINKLY TUNE
Twinkle, ABC, Baa are only 3 of the many songs that use the same familiar tune
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/abc-twinkle-star-baa-blacksheep-singable-books-and-all-the-fix-ins-and-a-youre-adorable-too/

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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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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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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY VIDEO SERIES

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

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LULLABIES IN SINGLE SONG SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/illustrated-lullabies-in-single-singable-picture-books/

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LULLABIES: ILLUSTRATED LULLABIES IN COMPILATIONS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/illustrated-lullabies-in-compilations/

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5 Songs, 1 Tune: a Set of Illustrated Songs
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/sbwe-singable-picture-book-set-5-songs-1-tune/

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ABCs, an Illustrated Song
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/abcs-an-illustrated-song/

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Ah vous dirai-je Maman, an Illustrated Song Sheet by ELEG for SBWE for the Cute French Nursery Song, from which Came the Tune for Twinkle Little Star
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/ah-vous-dirais-je-maman-an-illustrated-song-sheet-by-eleg-for-sbwe-for-the-cute-french-nursery-song-from-which-came-the-tune-for-twinkle-little-star/

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Baa Baa Blacksheep, an Illustrated Song
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/baa-baa-blacksheep-an-illustrated-song/

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Oh Mother Dear Please Listen Up, a Singable English Translation/Adaptation of French Nursery Song, Illustrated Song Sheet avec Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/ah-vous-dirais-je-maman-a-singable-translation-and-song-sheet-with-guitar-chords-by-eleg-for-sbwe/

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Scintillate Globule Vivific, an Illustrated Song
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/scintillate-scintillate-globule-vivific-an-illustrated-song-sheet/

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TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE BAT, an Illustrated Song

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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TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR, an Illustrated Song
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/twinkle-little-star-the-song-the-list/

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ZYXs, an Illustrated Song
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/zyxs-an-illustrated-song/

This song is dedicated to a dear family friend, Linda Smith.

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tomorrow 4 sbwe cover only
Tomorrow
Words by Martin Charnin
Music by Charles Strouse
From the Musical ANNIE
For classroom use only.

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tomorrow 4 sbwe i love ya tomorrow
Favorite Lyric from
TOMORROW You’re Only a Day Away Poster 4 SBWE
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
tomorrow 4 sbwe i love ya tomorrow

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tomorrow sbwe poster
TOMORROW Poster 4 SBWE
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
tomorrow sbwe poster

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About Dear Family Friend Linda Smith

This song is dedicated to Linda Smith.  Linda and her family lived next door to my family during that late 1970’s and all the 1980’s.  I was obsessed with the ANNIE sound track and belted it out in my room over and over again.  Turns out, Linda could hear it in her house!  Linda passed away in 2001.  She was in hospice and knew she was going to transition soon. She called me to ask if I would sing TOMORROW at her funeral, which she heard me sing so often, through the walls of the houses.  She thought it would be a good message and a testament to her belief that though this life was over, there was more to come.  I was shocked at how matter of fact she was and at the time I didn’t know how soon she would be gone.  I did sing this at her funeral, but have always wished I could have done a better job, having been so grieved by losing her and having lost my own mom only a couple months before.  Forever, though, this song is for Linda.  She was a fantastic human being and a marvelous friend.

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I love this movie performance by Aileen Quinn because she SINGS the song, simply and sweetly, but does not SCREAM it like it is so often:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yop62wQH498

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Sing along here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PzL8aL6jtI

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ANNIE (the musical) wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_(musical)

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annie original broadway cast album cover
ANNIE Original Broadway Cast Album
How I loved this vinyl record, playing it over and over and over again.

In 2008, my great friend Jill Leger asked me to join the cast of a musical revue of her songs called GOOGLING MY EX.  When she asked me to sing her song ANNIE IN MY ROOM, I was floored, since it was like she was a fly on the wall of my bedroom making a documentary of my childhood when she wrote the song.  She didn’t know it, but in writing a song about herself as a child loving the musical ANNIE, she was also writing a song about me.  The whole thing was a lot of fun and I’m so glad my friend Jill invited me to join the team.

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“Annie in My Room”

Words and music by Jill Leger, for her revue “Googling My Ex,” June 2008, Joshua Rich on piano
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBPIWVQ59_s

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TOMORROW
Words by Martin Charnin
Music by Charles Strouse
From the Musical ANNIE

The sun’ll come out tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow
There’ll be sun

Justin thinking about tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow
Till there’s none

When I’m stuck with a day
That’s gray and lonely
I just stick out my chin and grin and say

The sun’ll come out tomorrow
So you got to hang on till tomorrow
Come what may

Tomorow, tomorrow
I love ya tomorrow
You’re only a day away

The sun’ll come out tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow
There’ll be sun

Justin thinking about tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow
Till there’s none

When I’m stuck with a day
That’s gray and lonely
I just stick out my chin and grin and say

The sun’ll come out tomorrow
So you got to hang on till tomorrow
Come what may

Tomorow, tomorrow
I love ya tomorrow
You’re only a day away

Tomorow, tomorrow
I love ya tomorrow
You’re only a day away

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Random thoughts about what I chose to put into the book I made for singing TOMORROW to children in classes:

  • I decided to use mostly sunflowers instead of suns because sunflowers are cheerful and beautiful. The sunflowers represent the sun and also represent the sun’s power to inspire hope and cause things to grow.
  • Sunflowers seek and follow the sun as it moves across the sky.
  • Into every life, some rain must fall.  But the rain is essential to our growth as it is essential to the growth of the sunflowers.
  • I love that rain and sun, both essential to this song, work together to make rainbows.  A rainbow is represented typographically in the book.

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Related Posts

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THE SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS (AND OTHER WORKS) OF JILL LEGER

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COLLECTIVE NOUNS
Jill Leger’s song THE SPARROW and an exploration of books that celebrate the marvelous world of Collective Nouns
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/the-sparrow-a-singable-book-an-interview-and-a-karaoke-sing-along-by-jill-leger/

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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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ADVICE, GOOD ADVICE
Illustrated songs that dole out a healthy helping of sound counsel
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/illustrated-songs-that-give-good-advice/

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EMILY’S THEATER, MUSICALS AND VOCAL PERFORMANCES
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/emilys-performance-history/

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VIDEO
For videos featuring “Sing Books with Emily” and Emily’s cabaret performances, visit:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/video-series/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

This is a page of links to posts I’ve assembled in the memory of people who have meant the world to me.

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Carole Jean Geisler Everson, my mom
A Limerick in Memory of My Mom Carole Jean Geisler Everson
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/a-limerick-in-memory-of-my-mom-carole-jean-geisler-everson/

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Charles Nelson Reilly
Charles Nelson Reilly and My First Cabaret
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/charles-nelson-reilly-and-my-first-cabaret/

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Terri Allen
Tribute to a Singing Angel: My Friend Terri Allen
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/tribute-to-a-singing-angel-my-friend-terri-allen/

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SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK LISTS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND INTERESTS
Lists of Illustrated Songs for singing and exploring specific subjects

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/song-book-lists-for-all-occasions/

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EMILY’S PERFORMANCE REMINISCENCES & OTHER CURIOS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/emilys-performance-reminiscences-other-curios/


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