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This is a fun, fresh, entertaining, interesting version of a familiar song.*

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there was an old sailor
There Was an Old Sailor
Sing to the Tune of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Claire Saxby
Illustrated by Cassandra Allen

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Webpage of an Australian bookseller has author info, classroom ideas PDF and a printable coloring page
http://www.walkerbooks.com.au/Books/There-Was-an-Old-Sailor-9781921150715

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Publisher’s webpage for the book has images of some of the lushly painted pages:
http://www.kidscanpress.com/canada/There-Was-an-Old-Sailor-P6144.aspx

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More images from this beautiful book on illustrator’s webpage:
http://www.cassandraallen.com/portfolio-2/

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“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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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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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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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/

This post is an addendum to the post
TURN TURN TURN, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/turn-turn-turn-an-illustrated-song/

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Pete Seeger talks to SmithsonianFolkways and discusses how he came to write TURN TURN TURN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4wYiShPEyo

Pete Seeger says,

 …we realize this world has to stick together and music is one of the best ways to learn this.  A beautiful melody will leap language barriers or religious barriers or political barriers…Yes a beautiful melody will help tie this world together.  And sometimes extraordinary words will.  I didn’t realize when I improvised a melody to a short poem in the old testament that these few words would be some of the most important words I ever would latch onto…

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turn turn turn seeger halperin
Turn! Turn! Turn!
Words From Ecclesiastes (c. 250 BCE, Translated into English in 1607)
Arranged and adapted with Music by Pete Seeger (in 1961)
Illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin (in 2003)
May be sung by anyone ( Today)

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Related Posts

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TURN TURN TURN, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/turn-turn-turn-an-illustrated-song/

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Pete Seeger talks to Smithsonian Folkways and discusses how he came to write Turn Turn Turn

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PETE SEEGER
The Singable Picture Books of Pete Seeger
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/pete-seeger-the-power-of-song/

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BACK TO SCHOOL

Celebrating a return to school day routine and nurturing the skills of getting along with others and good citizenship
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/14/singable-picture-books-for-back-to-school/

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

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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/

I saw this quote attributed to Arthur Miller, folks posting inspirational thoughts.

I’m inspired by it, definitely.  But I can’t find online where the quote can be definitively attributed to Arthur Miller, like in a magazine article or as a sentence from something he wrote.

Nonetheless, I like the thought.  It’s about the immortality of the actor, but I think it is true, too, of singers of songs (crafting and acting the songs, too),

There is a certain immortality involved in theater, not created by monuments and books, but through the knowledge an actor keeps to his dying day that on a certain afternoon, in an empty and dusty theater, he cast a shadow of a being that was not himself, but the distillation of all he had ever observed; all the unsingable heartsong that the ordinary man may feel but never utter, he gave voice to. And by that he somehow joins the ages.

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Relates Posts

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

This information is an Addendum to the post:
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THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/the-defense-of-fort-mchenry-written-this-day-196-years-ago-by-francis-scott-key/

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Addendum 8/21/21014

Thank Goodness it was re-broadcast recently or I might not have see it, a C-Span3 (American History Channel) broadcast of a 7/3/2014 panel lecture/presentation/discussion at the Library of Congress called MYTHS SURROUNDING THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER

To watch the video of the excellent, eye opening talk, click here:
http://www.c-span.org/video/?320280-1/myths-surrounding-starspangled-banner

Some things I learned from the video:

  • Francis Scott Key did not ride out the battle on a British Ship.  He was transferred to his own American ship, which was tethered to a British ship for the duration of the battle and for about 3 days after the battle while the British gathered themselves together to leave, after making arrangements with the British for the release of Key’s friend and client Dr. Beanes.
  • Francis Scott Key, like many Americans at the time knew it,  knew the tune to To Anacreon in Heaven and purposefully wrote his song (not poem) to the melodic structure of that existing tune.  This is something done all the time, even today, setting new words to familiar tunes, and Key did this on purpose after the Battle of Fort McHenry and while he waited on his own ship to be released by the British.

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Wiki for the song To Anacreon in Heaven, the tune for which Francis Scott Key wrote the words that became known as THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER and the USA National Anthem
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Anacreon_in_Heaven

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Who is Anacreon?
Anacreon was a Greek lyric poet, notable for his drinking songs and hymns. Later Greeks included him in the canonical list of nine lyric poets.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anacreon

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Related Posts

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THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/the-defense-of-fort-mchenry-written-this-day-196-years-ago-by-francis-scott-key/

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Star-Spangled Banner, Another Illustrated Rendition, this one from the Smithsonian Institution
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/star-spangled-banner-another-illustrated-rendition-this-one-from-the-smithsonian-institution/

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STAR SPANGLED BANNER ON ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/star-spangled-banner-on-antiques-roadshow/

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The Defense of Fort McHenry, written this day (September 14, 2010) 196 years ago by Francis Scott Key, became our National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/the-defense-of-fort-mchenry-written-this-day-196-years-ago-by-francis-scott-key/

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FLAG DAY, JUNE 14

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/june-14-is-flag-day-celebrate-with-singable-picture-books/

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

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NATIONAL PARKS (and PRAISE for National Park Rangers)
Singable Picture Books that illustrate songs with origins in locations of United States history which are in the care of the National Park Service
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/in-praise-of-national-park-rangers/

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Smithsonian Magazine, November 2013, 101 Objects that Made America
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/smithsonian-magazine-november-2013-101-objects-that-made-america/

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Girl Scouts Songs for Troop 2740 Songbook Resources Page
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/girl-scouts-songs-troop-2740/

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SINGABLE SITES IN WASHINGTON DC – HISTORY
A list of song titles with links to posts of songs that will enrich your experience, or are directly related to, historical locations in (or near) Washington, DC
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/singable-sites-in-washington-dc-history/

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THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER, a Patriotic Girl Scout Song for Troop 2740
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/the-star-spangled-banner-a-patriotic-girl-scout-song-for-troop-2740/

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MUSICIAN BADGE with Mrs. G for Girl Scout Juniors Troop 2740, the Singable Hike in Washington, DC
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/musician-badge-with-mrs-g-the-singable-hike-in-washington-dc/

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THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS, a Patriotic Girl Scout Song for Troop 2740
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/the-gettysburg-address-a-patriotic-girl-scout-song-for-troop-2740/

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MUSICIAN BADGE with Mrs. G, Meeting Activities, for Girl Scout Juniors Troop 2740: HOW TO SING A SONG FOR PERFORMANCE OR JUST FOR FUN
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/musician-badge-with-mrs-g/

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Washington DC Singable Hike #1: STAR SPANGLED BANNER (at SMAH) and GETTYSBURG ADDRESS  (at LM) 
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/washington-dc-singable-hike-1-star-spangled-banner-at-smah-and-gettysburg-address-at-lm/

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STAR SPANGLED BANNER POST ADDENDA, 8/21/2014
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/star-spangled-banner-post-addenda-8212014/

I’ve been working to create song sheets for each of the songs that use the most familiar twinkly tune and assembled links to each on in a single post to serve like a catalog:
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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This post is an addendum to the post:
ZYXs an Illustrated Song
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/zyxs-an-illustrated-song/

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This song sheet for the ZYXs has a lot going for it, embodying much history and information.  It’s fun to explore something seemingly simple which opens many doors!

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ZYX letters caps WITH SIGN and chords portrait ELEG 4 SBWE
ZYX Sing Along Card with ASL Alphabet and Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this Sing Along Card, click here:
ZYX letters caps WITH SIGN and chords portrait ELEG 4 SBWE

Sing the ZYX’s along with me!  Just click here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/zyxs-eleg-2010

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Related Posts

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/26/alices-adventures-in-wonderland-and-through-the-looking-glass-singable/

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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/

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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/

I’ve been working to create song sheets for each of the songs that use the most familiar twinkly tune and assembled links to each on in a single post to serve like a catalog:
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/

Using the same straight forward chords for TWINKLE LITTLE BAT didn’t seem quite right.  It’s a little creepy this song, since it is sung at the slightly creepy and off kilter Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.  I decided to change a few of the chords put it off center a little, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, it’s fun to sing for being slightly uncomfortable.

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This post is an addendum to the post:
TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE BAT: A Singable Poem with Pictures and a Play on a Classic
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 LITTLE BAT (L. Carroll) song card w chords 4 sbwe
Twinkle Little Bat Song Sheet w Chords  by ELEG for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Lewis Carroll
Poster Card by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Click here to view or print the poster card:
TWINKLE LITTLE BAT (L. Carroll) song card w chords 4 sbwe

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Related Posts

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/26/alices-adventures-in-wonderland-and-through-the-looking-glass-singable/

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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/

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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/

This is an addendum for:
A FAIRY WENT A-MARKETING, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/05/a-fairy-went-a-marketing-a-singable-picture-book-a-singable-poem/

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A cute, vintage, musical setting by Dame Clara Butt,

This I found on Pinterest.

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A Fairy Went A-Marketing
Poem by Rose Fyleman
Illustrated by Jamichael Henterly
Musical Setting can be found by Ginger Sands on her collection “The Gift of Make Believe

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Related Posts

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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/

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Sing Me a Story, an organization uniting the creative talents of children in need and songwriters around the world

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/12/31/sing-me-a-story-an-organization-uniting-the-creative-talents-of-children-in-need-and-songwriters-around-the-world/


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