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Holy Smokes!  My pal David McMullin announced that he started a website for his writing and illustration for Children’s Books.  I’ve always known David as a performer, but check this out:
http://www.davidmcmullinbooks.com/

He’s doing cut paper illustration and it is absolutely gorgeous.

Here’s a link to his page of pictures:
http://www.davidmcmullinbooks.com/sample-page/

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This on is called SPACE
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Illustration by David McMullin

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David’s cup paper illustration of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, DC
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Illustration by David McMullin

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It’s hard to believe it was 6 years ago, but I got to do a cabaret show with David at Capitol Hill Art Workshop:


“Cabaret Connections” in 2008
(From Left:  Matt Howe, Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus, Dean Reichard, Cathrine Saterlee, Alex Tang, David McMullin)

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This is just SUCH a FANTASTIC Illustrated Song.  It’s adorable, fun, funny, and FILLED with art references from which children can explore and get a deeply meaningful lesson in art history (see thumbnail images and links to artworks below).  It might be fun, too, to explore a little geography, if you look at a map with the children to see where you’d have to go to view each of these masterworks of art.

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old lady who swallowed a dreidel
I Know and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel
Adaptation by Caryn Yacowitz
Illustrated by David Slonim

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Illustrator David Slonim’s webpage for this marvelous illustration:
http://www.davidslonim.com/project/i-know-an-old-lady-who-swallowed-a-dreidel/

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OLD LADY/DREIDEL Chanukah Poster on David Slonim’s website:
http://www.davidslonim.com/i-know-an-old-lady-chanukah-poster/

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About the book on Scholastic website:
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/i-know-old-lady-who-swallowed-dreidel#cart/cleanup

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The book’s trailer on YouTube:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=frGrGzvlYos

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The pictures in THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A DREIDEL allude to the following masterpieces (listed in alphabetical order).  Each painting title is linked to the picture’s webpages on the museum website where it lives.

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american gothic 2
American Gothic
1930
Grand Wood
Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL
AMERICAN GOTHIC WIKI

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The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicoleas Tulp
1632
Rembrandt van Rijn
The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis
The Hague, Netherlands
THE ANATOMY LESSON OF DR. NICOLEAS TULP WIKI

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whistler's mother
Arrangement in Gray and Black No. 1 (Whistler’s Mother)
1871
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Musee d’Orsay
Paris, France
WHISTLER’S MOTHER WIKI

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campbell soup cans
Campbell’s Soup Cans
1962
Andy Warhol
The Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
CAMPBELL’S SOUP CANS WIKI

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christina's world
Christina’s World
1948
Andrew Wyeth
The Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
CHRISTINA’S WORLD WIKI

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DANCE (1)
Dance (I)
1909
Henri Matisse
The Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
DANCE (1) WIKI

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doctor-and-doll
Doctor and Doll

1929
Norman Rockwell
Norman Rockwell Museum
Stockbridge, MA
DOCTOR AND DOLL WIKI

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milkmaid vermeer
The Milkmaid
1660
Johannes Vermeer
Rijksmuseum
Amsterdam, Netherlands
THE MILKMAID WIKI

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mona lisa
Mona Lisa (La Giaconda)
1503-1506
Leonardo da Vinci
Musee de Louvre
Paris, France
MONA LISA WIKI

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nighthawks
Nighthawks
1942
Edward Hopper
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL
NIGHTHAWKS WIKI

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the scream
The Scream
1893
Edvard Munch
Nasjonalmuseet
Oslo, Norway
THE SCREAM WIKI

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spectrum II
Spectrum II
1966-1967
Elsworth Kelly
Saint Louis Art Museum
St. Louis, MO
Elsworth Kelly WIKI

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starry night
The Starry Night
1889
Vincent van Gogh
The Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
THE STARRY NIGHT WIKI

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The Thinker
The Thinker

1903
August Rodin
Musee Rodin
Paris, France
THE THINKER WIKI

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Thinker on a Rock
1997
Barry Flanagan
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Washington, DC
THINKER ON A ROCK WIKI
I’ve included this because this sculpture, which resides in the National Gallery Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC is one of my very favorite of all works of art.  I love its whimsy and reference.  It is funny, clever and profound all at once.  I’m also including it since I was worried teachers might night appreciate my bringing in a picture of the original THE THINKER, being a naked man and all, though, the sculpture (and its copy, like the one in Philadelphia, sits right out in the open for anyone of any age or sensibility to see).  But since THINKER ON A ROCK is a great alternative, I’m including it here and will gleefully share a picture of it with children in classrooms as part of the romp through art history that this book affords.

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SUCCINCT STORY OF HANUKKAH HERE

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PAULINE GLEICHENHAUS’S NY TIMES COOKBOOK LATKE RECIPE

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Items Mentioned in the Song

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Dreidel

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Gelt

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Oil

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Latkes

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Applesauce

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Brisket

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HANUKKAH, PASSOVER, SEDER AND OTHER JEWISH HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS

A fun list of books to sing and celebrate Hanukkah and other Jewish Holidays and Traditions
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/26/singable-picture-books-for-hanukkah/

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I KNOW AN OLD WOMAN/THERE WAS AN OLD LADY  (AND VARIATIONS) IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/i-know-an-and-there-was-an-awful-lots-of-things-to-sing-about/

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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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PINTEREST
SINGABLE ART ON PINTEREST
this list on Pinterest displays images of Singable Art, works of art that are about songs, support a song, or the subject of a song:
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/

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SINGABLE ART
SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SINGABLE ART GALLERY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/singable-art-gallery/

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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/

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Space Song Rocket Ride
Words and Music by Sunny Scribens (using elements of the song AND THE GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND)
Illustrated by David Sim
CD Performance by Mark Collins
Published by Barefoot Books 

I love this book and the song.  The pictures are fun, informative and adorable.  The song teaches and will inspire kids to learn more about space and our place in the Milky Way galaxy.  The song is perfectly performed by Mark Collins.  He does not over or under sing the song, he communicates it, shares it.  The arrangement and instrumental choices are really fantastic.  The kids are going to love it and so am I.

This is the perfect Illustrated Song package.  It is a great song with terrific illustrations and it comes with a CD that includes both a vocal track and an instrumental track so kids can sing along themselves.

The song is chock FULL of information and it will take kids a few spins around the song to fully get it all.  But I have found that if children enjoy a song, they don’t have a problem with immediately understanding every molecule of its information.  They seem comfortable with the idea that if they don’t understand it now, they’ll get it later.  But they will find bits of familiarity, even the youngest ones, facts they have picked up by just being around their parents or what they have learned outright at school.  They will love to say “I know this,” “I learned that.”

It wold probably also help to understand that the structure of the song is an adaptation of the cumulative folk song called AND THE GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAHy_2IFFGA

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Barefoot Books webpage for SPACE SONG ROCKET RIDE
http://store.barefootbooks.com/space-song-rocket-ride-4488.html

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Illustrator David Sim’s webpage for this book includes many sample illustrations, beautifully rendered:
http://www.davidsimillustration.com/index.php?/news/

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BAREFOOT BOOKS

A Collection of Singable Picture Books and Singable Picture Book Videos put out by Barefoot Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/singable-picture-books-and-singable-picture-book-videos-from-barefoot-books/

 

This post is an addendum to:
Goodnight Songs, a Singable Picture Book Compilation of Lullabies with Words by Margaret Wise Brown
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/goodnight-songs-a-singable-picture-book-compilation-of-lullabies-with-words-by-margaret-wise-brown/

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goodnight songs
Goodnight Songs
Words by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by 12 Award-Winning Picture book Artists
Music by John Proutt and Emily Gary

I am working on a project to find favorite Singable Picture Books that were published in 2014.  2014 is a disappointing year for the lover (and singer) of illustrated songs.  Not that many  new were published and I spent most of the year creating my own (only marginally acceptable clip art compilations of pictures and words) books for songs I’ve desperately wanted to sing with kids in classrooms, though, in every case, I’ve been delighted with the musical tracks that Paul Raiman has made for me to sing these songs.

GOODNIGHT SONGS is a bright star in the dark night, however.  It is comprised of posthumously discovered manuscripts of songs and verse written by Margaret Wise Brown.  AMAZING!  The songs written by John Proutt and Emily Gary lovingly suit each verse.  The pictures by a constellation of marvelous illustrators are rich in color and deeply enjoyable.

Though, as person who sings illustrated songs to children in classrooms, the book leaves me CRAVING what is not offered.   Unfortunately, though I enjoy this book for it’s pictures and as a collection, I can’t use it in Sing Books visits.  Ideally, each song would get it’s own illustrated book, with a picture for every idea or line in the text so that the child can turn pages and enjoy more pictures and text in smaller chunks.  When singing to children in classes, they would get tired of looking at one single illustration for the whole song.  It would also be terrific for teachers, librarians, and children at home to have a CD which includes a vocal sing-along for each song (like is offered in this book), but ALSO an instrumental track so teachers and children can sing-along themselves. Kids would love to hear their teachers sing the song and children would get so much (confidence, independent learning, out loud singing & reading practice) out of singing THEMSELVES with the songs.

Amy Gary, the editor of the Margaret Wise Brown Estate, who got this collection published, writes in the introduction that she was sorting through a trunk of previously unpublished material by MWB and that “the trunk also contained musical scores of Margaret’s words put to music.”  Margaret Wise Brown’s sister explained that “near the end of her life Margaret had become focused on writing songs for children.  As she listened to children go about their lives, she realized that they made up songs about whatever it was they were doing at the time.  She wanted to capture that spirit in her songs…During what turned out to be her last year, Margaret traveled to France on a book tour.  She was under contract to create songs for a new children’s record company…Her collaborators were some of the best-known singers and songwriters of her day, including Burl Ives and Rosemary Clooney.”

My question is, where are THOSE songs?  Where are books with verse AND music written by Margaret Wise Brown?  Where are the books with songs written by some of the best-known songwriters of MWB’s day and that would have been sung by Burl Ives and Rosemary Clooney?  Oooooo!!!  The very thought of it sends me WAY WAY over the Goodnight Moon!!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, Amy Gary (editor of Margaret Wise Brown Estate) and Sterling Publishing, PLEASE make individual books for each of these songs (especially the ones with music by the “best-known songwriters” of MWB’s day, those which would have been sung by Rosemary Clooney!) and please include a CD with vocal sing-along track AND instrumental.  Doing so would greatly enrich the lives of many children and would give teachers, librarians, and caregivers marvelous musical, literary treats to share.

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THE ILLUSTRATED SONGS OF MARGARET WISE BROWN
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/the-illustrated-songs-of-margaret-wise-brown/

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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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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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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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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My Country ‘Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights
Lyrics to “America, My Country ‘Tis of Thee” by Samuel Francis Smith (1831)
Book by Claire Rudolf Murphy
Lyrics by Various Artists
Illustrated by Bryan Collier

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Author’s webpage for this book:
http://www.clairerudolfmurphy.com/country-tis-thee-one-song-reveals-history-civil-rights/

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You can submit your own lyrics to this song at the author’s website:
http://www.clairerudolfmurphy.com/mctt-submit/

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Eloise and I were so inspired by this book that we made up lyrics to the “America” tune (and submitted them to author’s web page for the song) to create
THE PROJECT PUT THEME SONG: THIS LAND FOR YOU AND ME

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MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THEE A PATRIOTIC GIRL SCOUT SONG FOR TROOP 2740
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/my-country-tis-of-thee-a-patriotic-girl-scout-song-for-troop-2740/

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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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GIRL SCOUT SONGS FOR TROOP 2740 RESOURCES PAGE
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/girl-scouts-songs-troop-2740/

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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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