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there was an old witch
There Was an Old Witch
Traditional Tune
Words by Howard W. Reeves
Illustrated by David Catrow

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This is a funny take on the old classic “There was an…” or “I know an…”

David Catrow’s style with water colors, pen outlines and incredible detail always delight the children, literally, draw them into the story.  Mr. Catrow had a great sense of humor and builds that hilarity into the facial expressions and body language of the characters.  The words are funny, too, but it’s the pictures that will make the kids ask for this one again and again.  The children will, though, delight in finding out (then knowing the secret) of why the witch wants the bat.

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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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HALLOWEEN

A list of spooky, fun, funny and evocative songs for our favorite October Holiday
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/10/30/halloween-singable-picture-books-ooooooooeeeeeeeee/

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SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF ILLUSTRATOR DAVID CATROW
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/the-singable-picture-books-of-illustrator-david-catrow/

This is an adorable book and a great one for the Singable Picture Book collection.  It’s not really one, though, that you’re going to sit down and sing over and over again.  The song is Bob Dylan Jazz and his original recording is backed up by a jazzy-scatter and jazz piano.  It’s a really cool song, but not the sort of thing with a catchy melody that will encourage the kids to sing-along.  You’ll enjoy this for the music appreciation and for the adorable pictures in the book of dogs running free.

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if dogs run free
If Dogs Run Free
Words and Music by Bob Dylan
Illustrated by Scott Campbell

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Bob Dylan’s recording of his song:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC-XgC1ZLo0

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IF DOGS RUN FREE page on BobDylan.com (includes lyrics, link ot download sheet music, and link to buy song
http://www.bobdylan.com/us/songs/if-dogs-run-free

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Interesting thoughts about the song on SongMeanings.com:
http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107858512277/

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Little tid-bit from wiki article about Bob Dylan’s 1970 album “New Morning,” for which IF DOGS RUN FREE was recorded:

If Dogs Run Free,“a scatting beatnik send-up, featuring Maeretha Stewart as a guest vocalist and Al Kooper on piano.

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Gallery Nucleus site includes info about illustrator Scott Campbell and images from the book
http://www.gallerynucleus.com/gallery/exhibition/396

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Many two-page-spread images from the book, here:
http://www.parkablogs.com/picture/if-dogs-run-free-scott-c

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IF DOGS RUN FREE
Words and Music by Bob Dylan

If dogs run free, then why not we
Across the swooping plain?
My ears hear a symphony
Of two mules, trains and rain
The best is always yet to come
That’s what they explain to me
Just do your thing, you’ll be king
If dogs run free

If dogs run free, why not me
Across the swamp of time?
My mind weaves a symphony
And tapestry of rhyme
Oh, winds which rush my tale to thee
So it may flow and be
To each his own, it’s all unknown
If dogs run free

If dogs run free, then what must be
Must be, and that is all
True love can make a blade of grass
Stand up straight and tall
In harmony with the cosmic sea
True love needs no company
It can cure the soul, it can make it whole
If dogs run free

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BOB DYLAN
The Singable Picture Books of Bob Dylan
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/the-singable-picture-books-of-bob-dylan/

This is a wonderful book filled with information, phantasmagorical illustrations, songs, rhymes and game instructions.

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sally go round the sun fowke
Sally Go round the Sun (300 Songs, Rhymes and Games of Canadian Children)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Songs and Rhymes Collected and Edited by Edith Fowke
Musical Arrangements by Keith MacMillan
Illustrated by Carlos Marchiori

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The contents of SALLY GOES ROUND THE SUN are divided up in categories, which you can see in this scan of the Table of Contents:

SGRTS 005 TOC - panel only
Sally Go round the Sun (300 Songs, Rhymes and Games of Canadian Children) - Table of Contents
Words and Music by Various Artists
Songs and Rhymes Collected and Edited by Edith Fowke
Musical Arrangements by Keith MacMillan
Illustrated by Carlos Marchiori

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The bibliography for SALLY GOES ROUND THE SUN works as a terrific list of Singable Picture Books worth tracking down:

SGRTS 157 - bibliography edit
Sally Go round the Sun (300 Songs, Rhymes and Games of Canadian Children) - bibliography
Words and Music by Various Artists
Songs and Rhymes Collected and Edited by Edith Fowke
Musical Arrangements by Keith MacMillan
Illustrated by Carlos Marchiori

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If you are looking for a folk song or rhyme, including instructions for games and movements to go with them, you’re likely to find what you are looking for in the index of SALLY GOES ROUND THE SUN.

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A PDF of the Index of First Lines, here:
SGRTS index of first lines p158&159

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About Folklorist Edith Fowke, here:
http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/emc/edith-fowke

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A marvelous spread of scanned illustrations from this book, here:
http://myvintagebookcollectioninblogform.blogspot.com/2012/08/sally-go-round-sun-illustrated-by.html

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Another blog post with other pictures scanned from this book:
http://life-of-pea.blogspot.com/2007/05/sally-go-round-sun.html

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CANADIAN SONGS IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/canadian-songs-in-singable-picture-books/

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYMES – INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED
Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes with Individually Illustrated Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/mother-goose-and-nursery-rhymes-with-individually-illustrated-singable-picture-books/

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYME COMPILATIONS

A list containing compilations of Mother Goose and Nursery Rhyme Singable Picture Books, including links and resources for learning, singing, and playing the tunes
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/mother-goose-singable-picture-books-rhymes-and-songs-in-compilations/

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MOVEMENTS, FINGER PLAYS AND DANCES
Get Movin’!  MOVEMENTS, FINGER PLAYS AND DANCES in Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/get-movin-movements-finger-plays-and-dances-in-singable-picture-books/

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ILLUSTRATED SONGBOOKS AND COLLECTIONS (COMPILATIONS) OF CHILDREN’S SONGS WITH MUSIC
This list is populated by books that compile printed music and illustrations for children’s songs

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/illustrated-collections-of-childrens-songs-with-music/

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northwest passage
Northwest Passage
Song Words and Music by Stan Rogers
Text by Matt James
Illustrated by Matt James

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NORTHWEST PASSAGE is a stirring and powerful song.  I was struck while listening to it the first time by the thought that we all must seek our own  Northwest Passage, through the savage land of our own minds and lives.  Each person is on his or her own epic quest to find a way from one place to another and to overcome the troubles and obstacles that life, land, and, indeed, ourselves, put in our way.

The book illustrated for this song by Matt James is remarkable.  The pictures painted in thick strokes and sometimes scraped away with a sharp point to create texture, are not beautiful in the traditional sense.  These pictures convey the harsh and turbulent land and give a solemn and sometimes frightful feeling.  The reader can sense the struggle, hardship and danger as well as glimpse the beautiful landscape that surrounded explorers’ efforts.

The book is also filled with information about the land, peoples and expeditions embodied by the song.  It is a wonderful achievement, a feast for eye and mind.  It would have been wonderful if the book also offered a feast for the ear and voice.  It’s always a dream of mine that a book like this would come packaged with a CD that would have tracks of the performer’s recording and, optimally, instrumental tracks for singing along.  If children could sing-along (or someone like me sings to them), then the song is then brought to actual life for the reader (singer and listener).  The book does come with printed music and no doubt I will enjoy someday having music made for singing this song to give full life to the pictures, stories and song preserved in the wonderful work of art which is this book, NORTHWEST PASSAGE.

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVY8LoM47xI

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCZL3NkzBPA

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NORTHWEST PASSAGE
Words and Music by Stan Rogers

Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea;
Tracing one warm line through a land so wide and savage
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea.

Westward from the Davis Strait ’tis there ’twas said to lie
The sea route to the Orient for which so many died;
Seeking gold and glory, leaving weathered, broken bones
And a long-forgotten lonely cairn of stones.

Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea;
Tracing one warm line through a land so wide and savage
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea.

Three centuries thereafter, I take passage overland
In the footsteps of brave Kelso, where his “sea of flowers” began
Watching cities rise before me, then behind me sink again
This tardiest explorer, driving hard across the plain.

Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea;
Tracing one warm line through a land so wide and savage
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea.

And through the night, behind the wheel, the mileage clicking west
I think upon Mackenzie, David Thompson and the rest
Who cracked the mountain ramparts and did show a path for me
To race the roaring Fraser to the sea.

Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea;
Tracing one warm line through a land so wide and savage
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea.

How then am I so different from the first men through this way?
Like them, I left a settled life, I threw it all away.
To seek a Northwest Passage at the call of many men
To find there but the road back home again.

Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea;
Tracing one warm line through a land so wide and savage
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea.

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A nice write-up about the book on Amazon,
http://www.amazon.com/Northwest-Passage-Stan-Rogers/dp/1554981530

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Wiki article about the song NORTHWEST PASSAGE

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Website devoted to the work of Canadian singer-songwriter Stan Rogers, here:
http://stanrogers.net/

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Website of illustrator Matt James:
http://www.mattjames.ca/

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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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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/

I just got some wonderful music with which to sing MORNING HAS BROKEN to kids and, in going over the words, I made a connection.  These are the connections that, at least for me, make singing a song such a communicative, artistic, and personal experience.

One’s personal connections (thoughts, philosophy, memories, reactions, emotions, associations) are the essential elements that give each artist his/her specific and authentic perspective for performing each song.

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Thoughts from Emily, 8/31/2013

This is one of those songs about which my cup runneth over.  Cat Steven’s Greatest Hits Album is so woven into my college experience that hearing just a few bars any song brings me back to my college dorm and I’m 20 years old again.  Cat Steven’s MORNING HAS BROKEN was the only version that I knew of and I was surprised to learn that it was usually sung as a hymn, words written as poetry and set the tune of an even older hymn.  Learning the history of a song is a great joy for me in crafting it for performance.

I also love to study the words and find parallels with other songs.  Reading the words for MORNING HAS BROKEN frequently brings me to think about the jubilant words of, an even OLDER song, THE FLOWER CAROL also called “Tempus adest floridum”  The tune of FLOWER CAROL will likely sound familiar to the listener as GOOD KING WENCESLAS, but it was originally (or used first) for THE FLOWER CAROL, the words for which are celebratory and full of praise and thanks to the Creator for the rebirth of a new day and the beauty of the earth.

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morning has broken
Morning Has Broken

Music from Traditional Hymn, “Bunessan”
Poem by Eleanor Farjeon
Illustrated by Tim Ladwig

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“Tempus adest floridum”
FLOWER CAROL

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated with Art by Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print a copy of the BOOKLET, click here:
flower carol arcimboldo
To view or print a copy of the ONE PAGER, click here:
flower carol arcimboldo one pager

This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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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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SUNDAY SCHOOL SONGS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/sunday-school-songs-in-singable-picture-books/

A fantastic picture book to introduce children to the history of musical notation as first conceived by Guido d’Arezzo.

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do re mi susan roth
Do Re Mi – If you can Read Music, Thank Guido d’Arezzo
Written by Susan L. Roth (in association with Angelo Mafucci)
Illustrated by Susan L. Roth

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Writer and illustrator Susan Roth’s webpage for this book
http://www.susanlroth.com/do_re_mi.htm

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Guido d’Arezzo wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guido_of_Arezzo

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An interesting biography of Guido d’Arezzo, here:
http://www.longwood.edu/staff/swansoncl/sightsinging/guido%20arezzo.htm
This page includes information and diagram of “The Guidonian Hand” which used the human hand to represent elements of d’Arezzo’s musical staff and helped people learn and sing music.

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Taken from the Wikipedia entry, this is a photo of the plaque on the front of Guido’s house in Arezzo, Italy.  It shows the staff he invented and his first version of DO RE ME.

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Without Guido d’Arezzo, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy this:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQLCZOG202k

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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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Singing Holidays (the Calendar in Folk Song)
Music and Lyrics by Various Artists
Text and Selections by Oscar Brand
Musical Arrangements by Douglas Townsend
Illustrated by Roberta Moynihan
Published by Alfred A. Knoph (1957)
LOC Catalog Card #: 57-5253

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SINGING HOLIDAYS is a treasure trove of song and commentary from one of America’s foremost singer-songwriters/music-commentators Oscar Brand.  This book is broken into sections for many holidays and songs have been selected and illuminated and illustrated (selections and commentaries by Oscar Brand, musical arrangements in printed music by Douglas Townsend and illustrations by Robarta Moynihan).

The songs below are featured in the book.  If a song below is bold and blue, that means the title has a hyperlink to a post I’ve already written about that song.  Those song will likely have Singable Picture Books of their own.  If a song is blog and italic, that means that I know of that song in other sources but have not yet written about it…a little signal to myself as subjects for future posts.

NEW YEAR’S DAY

LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY

SAINT VALENTINE’S DAY

  • My Billy Boy
  • Hog Drovers The Keys of Canterbury
  • I Will Give My Love an Apple

WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY

  • Follow Washington
  • Com Out, Ye Continentalers
  • The Bold Volunteer

SAINT PATRICK’S DAY

  • Pat Works on the Railway
  • Uncle Sam’s Farm
  • The Wayfaring Stranger

SPRING

ALL FOOL’S DAY

PAN-AMERICAN DAY

  • I’s the B’y
  • Alouette
  • Tecolote

EASTER AND PASSOVER

  • Great Getting-Up Morning, The
  • Green Grow the Rushes-o
  • Down in Yon Forest
  • Deyenu

ARBOR DAY

  • Juniper Tree, The
  • Tree in the Wood, The
  • Yonders Tree (aka “I Had a Rooster”)

MAY DAY

  • May Carol, The
  • ‘Twas May Day in the Morning
  • As I walked Out One May Morning

MOTHER’S DAY

  • Can Ye Sew Cushions
  • When the Work’s All Done
  • Old Grumbler

ARMED FORCES DAY

  • Free Amerikay
  • Old King Cole
  • American Frigate, An
  • Air Force, The

MEMORIAL DAY

  • Soldier’s Life, The
  • Goober Peas
  • Jubilo

FATHER’S DAY

FLAG DAY

SUMMER

INDEPENDENCE DAY

  • Derry Down
  • Old Soldiers of the King, The
  • Wicked Rebels, The
  • LABOR DAY
  • Patriotic Diggers, The
  • Levee Song, The
  • We’ll All Work Together

CONSTITUTION DAY

  • In Freedom We’re Born
  • Hail, Columbia
  • Jefferson and Liberty

AUTUMN

  • Ha Ha Thisaway
  • Cheerful Horn, The
  • Shucking of the Corn
  • COLUMBUS DAY
  • Christopher Columbo
  • Sailing on the Sea
  • Spanish Ladies, The

HALLOWEEN

  • Bold Fisherman, The
  • Peanut Stand, The
  • Devil’s Nine Questions, The

ELECTION DAY

VETERAN’S DAY

THANKSGIVING DAY

  • Hymn of Thanksgiving
  • Little Mohee, The
  • Listen to the Bells

WINTER

  • Winter Has Come
  • In the Vinter
  • Frozen Girl, the

CHRISTMAS AND HANUKKAH

  • Christmas is Coming
  • Winter Season, The
  • I’ll Play Something for You
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  • Mi Y’malel

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OSCAR BRAND
Singable Picture Books (and Other Musical Treasures) of Oscar Brand
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/singable-picture-books-and-other-musical-treasures-of-oscar-brand/

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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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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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WINTER

Singable Picture Books for Winter
Some of these are sung at Christmastime, but this is a list of songs about Winter that you can sing all season long!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/singable-picture-books-for-winter/

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CHRISTMAS

A Collection of Singable Picture Books that celebrate CHRISTMAS!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/singable-picture-books-for-christmas/

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EASTER

A list of Singable Picture Books that celebrate the Easter
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/singable-picture-books-for-easter/

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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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THANKSGIVING

A Song List to Help Us Celebrate Thanksgiving!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/06/thank-heavens-singable-picture-books-for-thanksgiving/

One of my favorite songs to sing is “The Swing.”  It’s a traditional tune that I’ve heard a couple of places, but there is never a name associated with it.  The tune’s sweet waltz fits the poem so perfectly that I always get the sensation and joy of swinging when I sing it.

I’d almost forgotten about recording the song!  Here is it so you can sing-along, too:

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https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-swing-rls-eleg-sbwe

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The Swing
Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Julie Morstad
Originally Published in A Child’s Garden of Verses
ISBN 978-1897476482
Sing “The Swing” with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-swing-rls-eleg-sbwe

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THE SWING, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/swinging-with-e-b-w-and-r-l-s/

This adaptation of A HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA teaches kids about the food chain.
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A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea (Barefoot Books)
Based on Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Jessica Law
Illustrated by Jill McDonald
Published by Barefoot Books 

Jill McDonald’s multimedia illustrations are rich, colorful, and do a great job telling the story of the song (and the concept of the ocean food chain) in pictures.  This book comes with a CD and wonderfully includes an instrumental track.  The tempo is really, really fast, though, and it is going to take a lot of practice to sing without the help of the vocals.  I wish they’d not made it quite such a fast tempo, so that kids can absorb the information.  Besides my complaint about the tempo, however, the arrangement is fun and joyous with wonderful instrumentation including a great use of brass horns.

Hear the vocals and great arrangement in the Barefoot Books video:

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A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea (Barefoot Books)
Based on Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Jessica Law
Illustrated by Jill McDonald
Performed by The Flannery Brothers
Video for the rendition by Barefoot Books

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1Qn2bcZRTo

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Hole in the Bottom of the Sea, a Singable Picture Book, Song Adapted by Christine Lavin
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/theres-a-hole-in-the-bottom-of-the-sea-a-singable-picture-book/

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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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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/

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OCEANS AND SEAS
A list of Singable Picture Books that celebrate the Oceans and Seas
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/songs-of-the-oceans-and-seas/

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HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG BY BAREFOOT BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/a-hole-in-the-bottom-of-the-sea-barefoot/

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HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG ADAPTED BY CHRISTINE LAVIN
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/theres-a-hole-in-the-bottom-of-the-sea-a-singable-picture-book/

This song takes me home, alright.  Like the other John Denver songs in the Singable Picture Book repertoire, I grew up listening this song and today love the memories it brings back.

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take me home country roads
Take Me Home, Country Roads

Words and Music by  John Denver, Taffy Nivert and Bill Danoff
Words Adapted by Christopher Canyon
Illustrated by Christopher Canyon
ISBN 978-1584690726

This is a wonderfully detailed, joyful and loving book.  I pulled it out in a Kindergarten class and one of the children said “Wow, those are some detailed pictures!”  What a great comment, and true.  Fabulous detail are found in each picture of this book, paintings made to look give the feeling of a lovingly made quilt.  This book is a great work of illustration and a fitting, loving tribute to the wonderful music and big heart of John Denver.

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TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS
Words and Music by  John Denver, Taffy Nivert and Bill Danoff

Almost heaven West Virginia
Blue ridge mountains, Shenandoah river
Life is old there, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains, growin’ like a breeze

Country roads take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain momma
Take me home country roads

All my memories, they gather ’round her
Miner’s lady, stranger to blue water
Dark and dusty, painted on the sky
Misty taste of moonshine, teardrops in my eyes

Country roads take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain momma
Take me home country roads

I hear her voice in the mornin’ hour she calls me
The radio reminds me of my home far away
And drivin’ down the road I get a feelin’
That I should have been home yesterday, yesterday

Country roads take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain momma
Take me home country roads

Country roads take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain momma
Take me home country roads
Take me home country roads
Take me home down country roads
Take me home down country roads

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All the songwriters sing the song together:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukUL_I14GPw

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YouTube with Lyrics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i5nDWUX9Ks

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YouTube of recording sung by the great Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiCkiyTGM6E

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Take Me Home Country Roads wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Take_Me_Home,_Country_Roads

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Publisher’s webpage for TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS which includes images of beautiful two page illustration spreads,
http://www.dawnpub.com/our-books/take-me-home-country-roads/

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The destination of the singer is somewhere in West Virginia, but clearly the singer is coming by way of Virginia travelling from East to West, going through the Blue Ridge Mountains and over the Shenandoah River, both of which reside in the western parts of the state of Virginia.  You can see West Virginia, Virginia, the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River all marked on this map.  I keep this map with the book and point these things out before we sing the song.  A little geography, a little singing…It’s all go to know!

va color
http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/namerica/usstates/printpage/valarge.htm

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Addendum 7/8/2013

I love how songs have the ability to take us places and introduce opportunities for learning.  If I’d not sung the book, I would not necessarily have gotten so interested in the geography of Virginia, and learned the exact location of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah River (and Appalachian Mountains, too, for that matter).

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Ridge_Mountains
From Wikipedia, a map of the mountain ranges that go through Virginia, including the Appalachian Mountains (of which the Blue Ridge Mountains are a part) which run through the states to the west of VA,
272px-Appalachian_map wiki

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This is a detail of a page from one of my children’s kid’s atlases, it clearly shows where the Appalachian Mountains, Shenandoah River and Blue Ridge Mountains sit in the state of Virginia:

VA mountains

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Related Posts

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JOHN DENVER
The Singable Picture Books of John Denver
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/the-singable-picture-books-of-john-denver/

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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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TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/take-me-home-country-roads-a-singable-picture-book/

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Driving My Daughter to Camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Near the Shenandoah River
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/driving-my-daughter-to-camp-in-the-blue-ridge-mountains-near-the-shenandoah-river/

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PLACES EMILY LOVES

Singable Picture Books related to some of my favorite places on earth!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/16/places-i-love-a-collection-of-links-to-spb-posts-featuring-some-of-my-favorite-places-on-earth/


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