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I was musing about WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN’D ASTRONOMER and made a mental connection with PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON.  I decided to sing the two songs together as a set since they both seem to be driven by the same underlying philosophy.

I brought the two books into a class two weeks ago and tried to simply and clearly articulate why these two songs go together, when a child raised her hand and said,

“They both mean DON’T LOSE THE MAGIC.”

A kindergartner managed to sum up, simply and clearly what I was trying to say.  I was so struck by it, that I let it slip which child said it.  I hope she reminds me sometime that it was her so that I can properly give credit where credit is due.

These two songs made a terrific complimentary song set. WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN’D ASTRONOMER is an American Art Song with words by a great 19th c. American Poet with music by a contemporary Art Song composer.  PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON is a beloved folk song by Peter Yarrow and famously sung by Peter Paul & Mary, written during the great folk music revival of the 1960′s.  Talk about how both mean of the songs mean DON’T LOSE THE MAGIC.

I’ve not made a definitive choice yet about order, but I’ve been singing WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN’D ASTRONOMER first and PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON second.

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When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer
Words by Walt Whitman
Music by Various Artists
Pictures by Loren Long

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Puff the Magic Dragon
Words and Music by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret

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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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Peter Yarrow and “The Folk Process”

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/the-folk-process/

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Two Books Participating in “The Folk Process”

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/12/04/two-books-participating-in-the-folk-process/

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ILLUSTRATED COLLECTIONS OF CHILDREN’S SONGS WITH MUSIC
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/illustrated-collections-of-childrens-songs-with-music/

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Greenwich Village (music that defined a generation), a terrific, inspiring documentary
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/greenwich-village-music-that-defined-a-generation-a-terrific-inspiring-documentary/

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PETER YARROW SONGBOOK SERIES

A list of the Singable Picture Books from the Peter Yarrow Songbook series:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/the-case-for-singing-with-children-from-peter-yarrow/

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PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/puff-the-magic-dragon-a-singable-picture-book/

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WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN’D ASTRONOMER, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/when-i-heard-the-learnd-astronomer-a-singable-poem-by-walt-whitman/

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ILLUSTRATED SONG/BOOK SETS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songbook-sets/

This is a list of songs for a Garden Sing-Along as well as suggestions for 2 one-hour long outdoor garden activity sessions (or classes) for any group of children from K-5.

TEDSOCRT BIRDS

This list was originally made for Tuckahoe Elementary School Expeditions.  Each of my Expeditions consisted of two one-hour sessions over two Fridays.  I did both sets in April and May of 2014, with two different groups of kids from 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades.  I will have two, one hour sessions with each group of kids.

I think these plans (or some permutation of them) would work great for any group of elementary students to have a wonderful musical experience outdoors in a garden.

TEDSOCRT BIRDS

SINGABLE EXPEDITIONS IN THE GARDEN SESSION ONE (One Hour)

In the first session we learned THE TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD OUTDOOR CLASSROOM RULES TUNE and then sing Inch by Inch (The Garden Song), a tune I had the honor to write just for this occasion using rules made up by students at Tuckahoe Elementary School. Then, to make a strong connection with the ideas expressed in Inch by Inch (The Garden Song), we planted sunflower seeds in a cups.  We gave the seeds a little water and covered with foil to seal the cup for the ride home and packaged each one in a zip lock bag with each child’s name.  I made sure to buy sunflower seeds for a shorter variety of flower and hope the children will watch the seed spout and then re-plant each germinated seed in the ground where it will gets lots of sun.  And, of course, I hope the children will each put the packaging in the recycle.  We had some time left over so we filled that with wonderful songs from the GARDEN SING ALONG LIST (below).

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I conducted my first Singable Expeditions in the Garden Session One on 4/4/2014. 
The session went wonderfully well!  We had a terrific time.
Here is the detailed post about exactly what we did and the songs we ended up singing:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/singable-expeditions-1-at-tuckahoe-elementary-school-activities-and-the-songs-we-sang/

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SINGABLE EXPEDITIONS IN THE GARDEN, SESSION TWO (One Hour)

The central feature of the second session was the idea of the wonderful world of COLLECTIVE NOUNS, as captured in friend Jill Leger’s song, THE SPARROW.  The song is about a sparrow who travels and has adventures all over the world meeting groups of animals and learning their group names.  Not only is learning and discovering group names (also called collective nouns, collective terms, group nouns, group terms) a fun and interesting way to explore the marvelous creatures of the world, but it is also an excellent way to increase and revel in vocabulary!  I love to tell kids that one of the MANY fun things about singing songs is that you get to say/sing/use/explore fabulous words that we don’t use in our every day language.  And the words used in COLLECTIVE NOUNS can be descriptive, hilarious, thought provoking, fascinating, witty, joyous and gorgeous!

I took a marvelous list of Collective Noun Terms that I found on Wikipedia and highlighted the garden related ones on the list.  And went through the beautifully illustrated books A ZEAL OF ZEBRAS (Woop Studios), and WILD ANIMALS (Brian Wildsmith) and BIRDS (Brian Wildsmith) to find gorgeous illustrations of Collective Nouns.  We enjoyed going through these lists and books, finding (or imagining) these items, birds, flowers, animals in our immediate surroundings.  Then we made note of certain garden items that we saw for which group names were not listed.  For these, we cam up with some marvelous ideas.  I would encourage any caregiver or educator to replicate this activity.  It was fun, thought provoking, creative and vocabulary building.

For the remainder of the time, we enjoyed a GARDEN SING-ALONG in the outdoor space.  We rehearsed THE TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD OUTDOOR CLASSROOM RULES TUNE so the kids can help teach the song to their classmates (and so everyone knows the rules and behavioral expectation in the outdoor spaces) and then we sang a bunch of songs culled from my list of GARDEN SING-ALONG SONG CHOICES.

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I conducted my first Singable Expeditions in the Garden Session Two on 4/11/2014. 
We had a marvelous time!
Here is the detailed post about exactly what we did and the songs we ended up singing:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/singable-expeditions-session-2-at-tuckahoe-elementary-school-activities-and-the-songs-we-sang/

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SINGABLE EXPEDITIONS IN THE GARDEN, MISSION

My goal for the singing and musical activities is to help us make a strong connection to nature and the the outdoor classroom garden spaces at Tuckahoe (or anyplace anyone would engage in these activities in any green space).

TEDSOCRT BIRDS

THIS LIST OF GARDEN SONGS THAT ADVANCE THE MISSION OF THE SINGABLE EXPEDITIONS IN THE GARDEN 

There are many songs that would be appropriate, but these are the ones I feel will help us really love, appreciate and enjoy our time outside.

I will encourage the participants to really listen to the words and then look around them and observe the natural world.  Notice plants, creatures and landscape features mentioned in the songs.  I will encourage them, also, to use their imaginations to “see” creatures who might be there when we aren’t looking or nocturnal creatures that roam these very spaces at night.  I will encourage them to use their noggins and think about what the natural world means to them and how best to support and sustain the beautiful gifts of nature.

To spur discussion, critical thinking and personal connections between the song and garden environment, you can ask these questions (and any others that you might come up with) about each song:

  • What living things (plants and animals) in the song can you identify in your immediate surroundings?
  • What do you know about these living things?
  • What would you like to know about these living things?
  • Did anything in the song remind you of an experience you’ve had?
  • Did anything in the song spark your imagination as related to your garden surroundings?
  • What words did you like in the song?
  • What words would you need to look up to find out what they mean?
  • Does anything about the song influence your thinking on people’s responsibility to the earth?
  • What does the song make you think about the garden?
  • Did the song give you any interesting thoughts and ideas?

The essence of this activity is captured in a lyric from Inch by Inch (The Garden Song) which says,

Tune by body and my brain/To the music from the land.

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

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All God’s Critters
Words and Music by Bill Staines
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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Ants Go Marching (Classic Books with Holes)

Traditional Words and Tune (sing to the tune of, When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
Illustrated by Dan Crisp

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All Things Bright and Beautiful
Words by Cecil F. Alexander
Illustrated by Ashley Bryan
(This wonderful rendition of pictures from cut paper, includes a page of info about Mrs. Cecil Francis Alexander and printed music)
Click here for the Sing Books with Emily “All Things Bright and Beautiful” Refrain Poster Card:
all things bright and beautiful – refrain poster

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Amoeba Hop
Words and Music by Christine Lavin
Illustrated by Betsy Franco Feeney
This book features a study of amoeba life, printed music and a live recording of “Amoeba Hop” by the amazingly hilarious and talented singer/songwriter

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The Bear Went Over the Mountain
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Iza Trapani
To sing with me, just click here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/bear-went-over-the-mountain

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Being Green

Words and Music by Joe Raposo
Illustrated by Etienne Delessert

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I’m putting this one in the list, not because of the content of the song, but for the wonderful way the illustrations depict the life cycle of butterflies and moths.

Both Sides Now
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Alan Baker
ISBN 0-590-45668-7

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Birds, a Poetic Companion (Inspired by Jack Prelutsky’s “Bird Lullaby”)
Music by Jack Prelutsky
Photos of  birds found online and by Erika Edelberg

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FLOWER CAROL
“Tempus adest floridum”
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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Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night (An Old Song)

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier
Published by Dell Dragonfly Books, New York, 1961
ISBN 0-440-40829-6

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Hey, Little Ant
Sing to the Tune of “Five Little Ducks”
Words by Phillip and Hannah Hoose
Illustrated by Debbie Tilley

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Hush, Little Baby

Traditional Words and Tune (Sing to the tune of “Hush Little Baby”)
Words Adapted by Sylvia Long
Illustrated by Sylvia Long
(This adaptation has a wonderful “non-material” theme where the mother offers the gift of viewing  lovely things in nature)

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Inch by Inch (The Garden Song)
Words and Music by David Mallett
Illustrated by Ora Eitan

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Little Birdie by MPG
LITTLE BIRDIE
Words and Music by Mo Gleichenhaus
Picture assembled by Sing Books with Emily
View or print this page, here:
Little Birdie by MPG 2013
Listen to the scratch recording of LITTLE BIRDIE (by Mo Gleichenhaus), here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/little-birdie-by-mo-2013-02-03

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The Little Turtle
Poem by Vachel Linsay
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Priscilla Pointer
From: Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)p. 96
This poem is printed and illustrated in many books of poetry for children, including:
A Children’s Treasury of Poems
A Family of Poems (My Favorite Poetry for Children)
Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
Sing LITTLE TURTLE with Emily, here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/there-was-a-little-turtle-eleg-2010

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

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morning has broken
Morning Has Broken

Music from Traditional Hymn, “Bunessan”
Poem by Eleanor Farjeon
Illustrated by Tim Ladwig
Sing-along with Emily:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/morning-has-broken-eleg-2010

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Over in the Meadow
Based on the Original Version by Olive A. Wadsworth
Words by Olive A. Wadsworth
Music by Mabel Wood Hill
Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats

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The Sparrow
Words and Music by Jill Leger
Illustrated by Jill Leger
Sing-Along on Youtube with a karaoke video of “The Sparrow”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlxqa-eXTVw
Hear Emily’s recording of “The Sparrow” on:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-sparrow-eleg-by-jill-leger

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Sunshine on My Shoulders
Words and Music by John Denver
Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

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Sweet Suffolk Owl
Poem Attributed to an Anonymous Author
Music by Thomas Vautor (1619) (Thomas Vautor’s musical setting:www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbkTP7NJXME )
Music by Richard Hundley (1981) (Richard Hundley’s musical setting:www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCOijXQEeqk)
Illustrations Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
You can sing-along with this book I assembled, to view or print, click here:
sweet suffolk owl book for singing

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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 Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Words and Music by Jimmy Kennedy
Illustrated by Michael Hague
ISBN 978-0-8050-5349-4

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Thanks a Lot
Words and Music by Raffi Cavoukian
Book Assembled for Sing Books with Emily
This book is for use in home, classroom or library only.

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Twelve Days of Summer

Traditional Tune (“Twelve Days of Christmas”)
Word Adaptations by Jan Andrews
Illustrated by Susan Rennick Jolliffe

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Tuckahoe Discovery Schoolyard Rules Tune
THE TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD OUTDOOR CLASSROOM RULES TUNE PRINTABLE SONG SHEET (WITH GUITAR CHORDS)
TEDSOCRT, for Short
Rules by Students of Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington, VA
Additional Words by Emily Gleichenhaus
Tune by Emily Gleichenhaus
Accompaniment Track Prepared by Paul Raiman of www.MyRehearsalPianist.com
Sing along with the instrumental accompaniment:

To view or print this song sheet, click here:
Tuckahoe Discovery Schoolyard Rules Tune

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A page for the Sing Books with Emily SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR,
WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND
SBWE Advent Calendar Who Has Seen the Wind
WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND?

Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Traditional Tune
To hear the tune for singing this poem, click here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/who-has-seen-the-wind-eleg-1
To view or print the SBWE Singable Advent Calendar sheet for “Who Has Seen the Wind,” click here:
SBWE Advent Calendar Who Has Seen the Wind

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BRAINSTORM IDEAS:

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Garden Sing-Along Song Scavenger Hunt
This would be a scavenger hunt to identify or find items or creatures mentioned in the songs.

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ONCE I KNOW THESE SONGS, THEY WOULD BE GOOD:

  • FROGGIE WENT A-COURTIN
  • A HOUSE IS A HOUSE FOR ME
  • MAN GAVE NAMES TO ALL THE ANIMALS
  • THERE ARE FAIRIES AT THE BOTTOM OF MY GARDEN
  • TURN TURN TURN
  • WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
  • WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN’D ASTRONOMER

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Books that Feature Collective Noun Terms

I tell the children that if they are interested in expanding vocabulary, a great place to start is with the words used for animal groupings:

  • An AMBUSH of tigers
  • A SHREWDNESS of apes.
  • A WEDGE of swans.
  • An OSTENTATION of peacocks.
  • A TROUBLING of hummingbirds.
  • A SHIVER of sharks.

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Brian Wildsmith’s BIRDS
Text by Brian Wildsmith
Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith
When we sing The Sparrow we talk about the names of animal groups and how exploring the names of animal groups is a great way to enhance your vocabulary). This artful book explores bird group names like “a stare of owls.”

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Brian Wildsmith’s WILD ANIMALS
Text by Brian Wildsmith
Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith
When we sing The Sparrow we talk about the names of animal groups and how exploring the names of animal groups is a great way to enhance your vocabulary). This artful book explores bird group names like “an ambush of tigers.”

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Exaltation of Larks (Group Terms, Real and Fanciful, from the 15th to the 21st Centuries)
James Lipton
(Yes!  This is the same James Lipton that interview actors on the show Inside the Actor’s Studio)

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Zeal of Zebras
Words and Art by Woop Studios
When we sing The Sparrow we talk about the names of animal groups (and how exploring the names of animal groups is a great way to enhance your vocabulary) this artful book explores an alphabet full of animal group names (like “an ostentation of peacocks” or “an embarrassment of pandas”)

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Buy limited prints of Woop Studios Art Posters depicting Collective Noun Groups
http://www.woopstudios.com/shop/templates/product_listing.aspx?category_id=2&category=limited-edition-prints

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Other Sources for COLLECTIVE NOUNS (also called COLLECTIVE TERMS):

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A wiki article, Appendix: Glossary of collective nouns by subject
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Glossary_of_collective_nouns_by_subject

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A list on Wikipedia of Collective Nouns in English:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_collective_nouns_in_English

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A wiki explaining what a collective noun is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collective_noun

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Related Posts

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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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BIRDS

For the love of birds!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/for-the-birds-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-to-celebrate-our-tuneful-feathered-friends/

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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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BRIAN WILDSMITH
The Singable Picture Books of Brian Wildsmith
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/the-singable-picture-books-of-brian-wildsmith/

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MISS RUMPHIUS AND MAKING SOMETHING LASTINGLY BEAUTIFUL

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/miss-rumphius-and-making-something-lastingly-beautiful/

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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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ACTIVITIES:  SINGABLE ACTIVITIES
This is a list of activities that parents, caregivers and educators can use to find fun way to incorporate Illustrated Songs and Music into their everyday lives and classroom curriculum
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/singable-activities/

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JACK PRELUTSKY
The Singable Picture Books of Jack Prelutsky
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/singable-picture-books-of-jack-prelutsky/

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

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JOHN LITHGOW
The Singable Picture Books of John Lithgow
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/the-singable-picture-books-of-john-lithgow/

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JONI MITCHELL
SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF JONI MITCHELL
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/joni-mitchell-in-singable-picture-books/

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LITTLE SONGS, A NOTEBOOK OF SWEET LITTLE SONGS (MOSTLY SINGABLE POETRY) FOR TO SING WHEN YOUR BRAIN FEELS FUZZY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/little-songs-a-notebook-of-sweet-little-songs-mostly-singable-poetry-for-to-sing-when-your-brain-feels-fuzzy/

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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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NOAH’S ARK

A List of Singable Picture Book Songs about Noah’s Journey with an Ark Full of Animals
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/09/noahs-ark-in-singable-picture-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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OVER IN THE MEADOW, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
As one of the most illustrated and adapted songs, “Over in the Meadow” deserves its own list

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/over-in-the-meadow-a-singable-picture-book/

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

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PETER YARROW SONGBOOK SERIES

A list of the Singable Picture Books from the Peter Yarrow Songbook series:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/the-case-for-singing-with-children-from-peter-yarrow/

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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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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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SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND INTERESTS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/song-book-lists-for-all-occasions/

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SONGS BY EMILY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songs-by-emily/

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Singable Expeditions Session 1 at Tuckahoe Elementary School, Activities and the Songs We Sang (4/4/2014)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/singable-expeditions-1-at-tuckahoe-elementary-school-activities-and-the-songs-we-sang/

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Singable Expeditions Session2 at Tuckahoe Elementary School, Activities and the Songs We Sang (4/11/2014)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/singable-expeditions-session-2-at-tuckahoe-elementary-school-activities-and-the-songs-we-sang/

In early 2014, I lead a Girl Scout troop meeting to earn the Musician Badge and created this document to support my efforts. Developing this primer, my focus was to share some of what I’ve learned, techniques I’ve developed, and some of my personal practices for music making.

Today, I hope is that this information will be helpful to anyone who wants to sing a song for others.

how to sing a song bird

The process in this document is based on the cabaret process and technique I’ve developed over many years in order to sing a song with honesty, authenticity and a unique vision.  This cabaret style also applies to my work with Sing Books with Emily.  For me, the only difference between singing in a Cabaret or Sing Books performance (or in any instance in which I would share a song with others) is the venue and the age of the majority of the audience…and that I’m often holding a book/illustration of the song.  Otherwise, my approach is the same.

This technique, with a bit of tweaking, also works largely for crafting songs as a character in a musical.  It is a time-worn technique for actors to find what is similar within themselves and work that into the crafting and performing of their characters (and thus the songs they sing).   I’ve heard it said that cabaret performers make terrific performers in musicals, but musical performers don’t necessarily make good cabaret performers.  The focus of a good cabaret performance, or in my view, any performance of a song for others, is knowledge of the material, a personal vision for the song,  and a story to tell.  This creates a true, simple, honest and authentic performance-gift to give to those who will sit with you to hear what you have to sing.

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How to Sing a Song for Performance or Just for Fun (a Primer)
By Emily Gleichenhaus, Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this document, click here:
HOW TO SING A SONG (a primer by Mrs. G)

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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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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 Art and Craft of Singing a Song: Tell Me a Story! Sing Me a Song!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/the-art-and-craft-of-singing-a-song-tell-me-a-story-sing-me-a-song/

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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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SHEET MUSIC RESOURCES
Resources for Sheet Music (Online, in Print, Commercial and Free)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/online-resources-for-sheet-music-commercial-and-free/

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

My first apartment in NYC was in Greenwich Village, on Hudson Street between Perry and Charles, right above the Different Light bookstore.  It was a 5th floor walk up.  Even now, I can conjure up the images and feelings and delight of living in that part of New York City.  The Village has changed a bit since 1993 but not too much and it is still my favorite part of the city.  One of the great things about living there is that you can see and feel its history and you can sense that tomorrow’s history is still being made there.

I deeply enjoyed:

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Greenwich Village (Music that Defined a Generation)

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Documentary trailer:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyBZy8-fW9Q

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I watched this documentary on the edge of my seat.  I had to write down a few of the things the performers (many of them genuine musical heroes) said:

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“The thing that united us all was that we were sharing the same experience.  That we were partners in an idea.”
Israel “Izzy” Young

Izzy Young says this in the documentary as a commentary on the experience shared by the performers in Greenwich Village in the 1960′s folk scene.  But I think this is true whenever people share music together.  Music unites people in a common, artistic, uniquely human experience…all those present become partners in the idea of the song.

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“The whole DON’T LAUGH AT ME program is kind of a legacy of Pete [Seeger]…because we’re using music in the context of feeling valuable because we’re helping each other…the music brings the people together and opens their heart…”
Peter Yarrow

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“Plato says it’s very dangerous to allow the wrong kind of music in the republic.  However, there are now thousands, maybe tens of thousands, of people making up songs in all corners of the world and I’m more optimistic than I ever have been all my life.”
Pete Seeger

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Don’t Laugh at Me
Words and Music by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin
Afterword by Peter Yarrow
Illustrated by Glin Dibley
This book features printed music and a sing-along CD.

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DON’T LAUGH AT ME, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/dont-laugh-at-me-a-singable-picture-book/

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PINTEREST: EMILY’S FAVORITE DOCUMENTARIES
http://www.pinterest.com/singbooksemily/favorite-documentaries/

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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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PETER YARROW SONGBOOK

A list of the Singable Picture Books from the Peter Yarrow Songbook series:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/the-case-for-singing-with-children-from-peter-yarrow/

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CARLY SIMON
The Singable Picture Books of Carly Simon
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/the-singable-picture-books-of-carly-simon/

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JONI MITCHELL
SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF JONI MITCHELL
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/joni-mitchell-in-singable-picture-books/

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Greenwich Village (music that defined a generation), a terrific, inspiring documentary
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/greenwich-village-music-that-defined-a-generation-a-terrific-inspiring-documentary/

Krista Tippet talks to Bessel van der Kolk, in an interview titled:

Restoring the Body: Bessel van der Kolk on Treating Trauma with Yoga, EMDR, and Healing Therapies

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As I was working around the house the other day, I listened to this interview on NPR’s show “On Being.”

http://www.onbeing.org/program/restoring-the-body-bessel-van-der-kolk-on-yoga-emdr-and-treating-trauma/5801

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This is a link to the podcast to just listen to it from the computer:

http://www.onbeing.org/program/restoring-the-body-bessel-van-der-kolk-on-yoga-emdr-and-treating-trauma/5801/audio?embed=1

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My ears perked up when Dr. van der Kolk said,

“…in order to have a mind that focuses, you need to move your body. You need to sing with other people.”

This was in response to the subject of Philadelphia schools de-funding arts activities in the public schools. That idea is unimaginable. I’ve not confirmed this fact. I hope it isn’t true that Philly schools have done this, because I believe what he says.

It’s the arts that make life worth living.

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

We had an absolutely wonderful year at Tuckahoe Elementary School (and Escuela Claremont) Singing Books this year.

I am proud to have conducted approximately 275 performances at Tuckahoe Elementary School (and was lucky to have also visited Arlington’s Claremont Elementary/Escuela Claremont) in the 2012-2013 school year.

In Arlington County public schools, I visited the classes of Ms. Allen (2), Ms. Anctil (K at Claremont, and a day in which I got to sing with all Claremont’s Ks), Mr. Grasso (3), Ms. Campbell (K), Ms. Coffman (3), Ms. Everett (K), Ms. Godwin’s four 5th grade science classes, Ms. Howard (2), Mr. Koppelman (2), Ms. Mason (K), Mr. Mitchell (K), Ms. Morgan (K), Miss Robin (Pre-K), Ms. Shorter (K), and Ms. Strickland (3).

The children and I became good friends and we sang an incredible number of  fantastic songs together.  These songs cover a wide array of genre, including the Great American Songbook, Folk, Pop, Patriotic, Country, Educational, Holiday, Poetry, Spiritual and Novelty.  We’ve sung uptempo songs and ballads.  We’ve sung to enhance curriculum.  We’ve sung to celebrate life, seasons, holidays, and just for the fun of it.  We’ve sung with sing-along tracks mostly of my own custom-made arrangements prepared by Paul at MyRehearsalPianist.com and often accompanied by kazoos, foot tambourines, 4-tone wood train whistle and glockenspiel.  Many of the kids have mastered the pretend kazoo or can ribbit like a frog or squawk a mean chicken.  Many of the children can perform the American Sign Language Alphabet as they sing along with the  ZYXs, ABCs and A-You’re Adorable.  We talked about the illustrators and pictures.  We talked about music and how it enriches, educates, entertains and expresses.  We talked about how to sing together and that listening (to the words, music, and each other) is just as important when singing as making sounds. We talked about themes, context, history and vocabulary in the songs.  Music gives us so much!

For any parent or educator who is interested in learning more about the songs their children might have learned to sing this year or anyone who wants to incorporate music into their classrooms or every day life, this list (for which my heart swells with pride and joy) is for you.  The approximately 150 songs we sang together this year are listed in (near) alphabetical order and please note that we sang a number of songs with more than one illustration,

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Any ABC book can be performed with American Sign Language ABCs!

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

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ABCs: Sign Language Alphabet (Painless Learning Placemats)
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by PAINLESS LEARNING PLACEMATS

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All God’s Critters
Words and Music by Bill Staines
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York, 2009
ISBN 987-0-689-86959-4

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All Things Bright and Beautiful
Words by Cecil F. Alexander
Illustrated by Ashley Bryan
(This wonderful rendition of pictures from cut paper, includes a page of info about Mrs. Cecil Francis Alexander and printed music)
Click here for the Sing Books with Emily “All Things Bright and Beautiful” Refrain Poster Card:
all things bright and beautiful – refrain poster

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Amazing Grace (Sing and Read Storybook)
Words and Tune by John Newton (1772)
Illustrated by Sylvia Walkter
ISBN 0-439-60319-6

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Animal Fair

Traditional Tune
Words Adapted by Ponder Goembel
Illustrated by Ponder Goembel

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Amoeba Hop
Words and Music by Christine Lavin
Illustrated by Betsy Franco Feeney
This book features a study of amoeba life, printed music and a live recording of “Amoeba Hop” by the amazingly hilarious and talented singer/songwriter

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A My Name is ALICE
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Jane Bayer
Illustrated by Steven Kellogg

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Ants Go Marching (Classic Books with Holes)

Traditional Words and Tune (sing to the tune of, When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
Illustrated by Dan Crisp

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A-You’re Adorable with ASL Alphabet
Words and Music by Buddy Kaye, Fred Wise and Sidney Lippman
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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A-You’re Adorable
Words and Music by Buddy Kaye, Fred Wise and Sidney Lippman
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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Auld Lang Syne
Poem by Robert Burns
Traditional Tune
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this book, click here:
Auld Lang Syne for SBWE

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Baa!  Baa!  Black Sheep
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

If you are interested in a copy of this book, please email: SingBooksWithEmily.att.net, or lave a comment to this post.

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beethoven's wig (read along symphony)
Beethoven’s Wig
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Words by Richard Perlmutter
Illustrated by Maria Rosetti

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Being Green

Words and Music by Joe Raposo
Illustrated by Etienne Delessert
Published by Western Publishing Company, Inc. in Conjunction with Children’s Television Workshop, 1973
A Golden Book
LOC Catalog Card No. 73-82468

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Benjamin Franklin Founding Father
Words by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Sing to the Tune of “Ode to Joy” (by  Ludwig van Beethoven)
Illustrated with Online Images of Artwork by Various Artists
View or print a copy of this book, with my compliments, here:
Benjamin Franklin Founding Father Song Book by ELEG for SBWE

To hear how the song goes, here’s a little scratch recording of me singing the song (into my little digital recorder),

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/benjamin-franklin-founding

This book is intended for use at home or in the classroom only. 

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The Big Bell and the Little Bell

Words and Music by Martin Kalmanoff
Illustrated by Alastair Graham
(This book is packaged with a CD with two recordings of the song!)

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big ben tells time
BIG BEN TELLS TIME

Traditional Words and Tune
Sing the words to Big Ben’s clock chimes with Eloise, here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/big-ben-tells-time-epg-2013-02
To view or print this page, click here:
big ben tells time

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Billy Boy
Traditional Words and Music
Verses Selected by Richard Chase
Illustrated by Glen Rounds

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Blowin’ in the Wind
Words and Music by Bob Dylan
Illustrated by Jon Muth

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The Buck Stops Here: The Presidents of the United States
Text by Alice Provensen
Sing with Sing Books with Emily’s ”The Presidents Name Song”
Illustrated by Alice Provensen
ISBN978-0-670-01252-7
Sing Sing Books with Emily’s The Presidents Name Song with the melody sing-along track, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/presidentsnamesong-melody
More information about the song, here:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/the-presidents-name-song-a-singable-picture-book/ 

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Both Sides Now
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Alan Baker
ISBN 0-590-45668-7

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A page for the Sing Books with Emily SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR
SBWE Advent Calendar Candy Cane Song
Candy Cane Song
Poem by Eloise Pauline Gleichenhaus
Tune by Her Mother Emily
To view or print the SBWE Singable Advent Calendar sheet for “Candy Cane Song” click here:
SBWE Advent Calendar Candy Cane Song
Sing along with Emily, here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/candy-cane-song-poem-by-epg

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Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner Hogan Logan Bogan Was Her Name

Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Tedd Arnold
Illustrated by Tedd Arnold
This book includes an afterward note from the author with some info about the song and fun ideas for singing it.  The last pages also feature printed music.

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The Christmas Song: Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

Words and Music by Mel Torme and Robert Wells
Illustrated by Doris Barrette

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The Continents Song
Traditional Tune (Sing to the tune of, “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands”)
Adapted Lyrics
Map created by ephotopix.com
Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

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COTTLESTON PIE
Poem by A. A. Milne
Music by Harold Fraser-Simson
Poster Illustration Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this sheet, click here:
COTTLESTON PIE little song sheet sbwe

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chelsea morning joni mitchell
Chelsea Morning
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Brian Froud

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The Circle Game
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Brian Deines

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C’mon an Swing in My Tree (The Sunflowers)
Words and Music by Michael Taylor Fontaine
Illustrated by Giselle Potter

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Cows in the Kitchen (Classic Books with Holes)
Traditional Words and Tune (sing to the tune of “Shoo-Fly-Shoo”)
Illustrated by Airlie Anderson

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Deck the Hall

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Sylvia Long

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Dites-Moi
Words (in English) by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrated with Artwork by Student of Tuckahoe Elementary School
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this booklet, click here:
dites-moi SPB eng SBWE ELEG 07 2011

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DO RE MI (Poster by Andrea Loren)
Words and Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein
Poster by Andrea Lauren

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Don’t Laugh at Me
Words and Music by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin
Afterword by Peter Yarrow
Illustrated by Glin Dibley
This book features printed music and a sing-along CD.

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Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky (Counting Song or Circle Game)
Traditional Words and Tune
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
down by the banks of the hanky panky

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Do Your Ears Hang Low

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church

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Dry Bones (Classic Books with Holes)

Traditional Spiritual Words and Tune
Illustrated by Kate Edmunds

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Dry Bones (with Seraphine the Skeletine)
Traditional Words and Tune

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Easter Parade
Words and Music by Irving Berlin
Illustrated by Lisa McCue
Published by HarperCollinsPublishers, New York
ISBN 0-06-029125-7

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EENSY WEENSY SPIDER
Traditional Words and Tune
New Verse By Raffi, Michael Creber
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
eensy weensy spider with raffi verse

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The Eight Nights of Chanukah
Traditional Words and Tune, Sing to the Tune of “Twelve Days of Christmas
Words Adapted by Leslea Newman
Illustrated by Elivia Savadier

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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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The Farmer in the Dell
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Wendy Straw

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

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Fifty Nifty States
Words and Music by Ray Charles
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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Fifty Nifty States 
Words and Music by Ray Charles
Illustrated by PAINLESS LEARNING PLACEMATS

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The Fifty Nifty United States Map (by ELEG for Sing Books with Emily)
Map Colorized by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Words and Music by Ray Charles
To view or print this map, click here:
usa map by eleg

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Five Little Ducks (Classic Books with Holes)

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Penny Ives

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Five Little Gefiltes

Traditional Tune (Sing to the tune of “Five Little Ducks”)
Words Adapted by Dave Horowitz
Illustrated by Dave Horowitz

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Five Little Pumpkins

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino

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FLOWER CAROL
“Tempus adest floridum”
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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For Baby (For Bobbie)
Words and Music by John Denver
Adapted and Illustrated by Janeen Mason
ISBN: 987-1-58469-120-4
This book includes printed music, pages of information about the illustrations, and a CD with John Denver’s recording.

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Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night (An Old Song)

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier
Published by Dell Dragonfly Books, New York, 1961
ISBN 0-440-40829-6

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Frosty the Snowman
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Performed by Kenny Loggins
Illustrated by Wade Zahares
ISBN 978-1-62354-012-8

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Frosty the Snowman

Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Illustrated by Richard Cowdrey

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Going to the Zoo

Words and Music by Tom Paxton
Illustrated by Karen Lee Schmidt
(This book features printed music)

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Good King Wenceslas

Traditional Tune (Tempus adest floridum)
Words by John M. Neale
Illustrated by Tim Ladwig
(This book has sheet music in the back and a page of historical information about the song)

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Grateful (A Song of Giving Thanks)
Words and Music by John Bucchino
Illustrated by Anna-Liisa Hakkarainen

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

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The Handmade Alphabet
Sing to the Tune of “ABC Song
Written and Illustrated by Laura Rankin

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Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Susan L. Roth

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Words and Music by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
Illustrated by Liz Murphy
(This book comes with a CD with Bernadette Peters singing this classic Christmas song)

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Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah
Words by Allan Sherman and Lou Busch
Illustrated by Jack E. Davis
(This wonderful novelty song is set to the tune of Amilcare Ponchielli’s “Dance of the Hours.”)

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Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah
Words by Allan Sherman
Music Adapted from Amilcare Poncielli’s “Dance of the Hours” by Lou Busch
Illustrated by Syd Hoff
Published by Puffin Books, New York, 1964
ISBN 0-14-240638-4

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The Hippopotamus Song
Words by Michael Flanders
Music by Donald Swann and Michael Flanders
Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
ISBN: 0-316-28557-9
This book features printed sheet music

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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 

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Home on the Range

Words by Dr. Brewster Higley
Music by Dan Kelley
Illustrations by Brian Ajhar

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HORSE SANG A SONG SONG EPG POSTER 2013
Horse Sang a Song, Song

Words by Eloise Pauline Gleichenhaus
Tune by Eloise’s Mom
Illustrated by Eloise Pauline Gleichenhaus
Sing along with Eloise’s Mom Emily, here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/horse-sang-a-song-song
To view or print this poem poster, click here:
HORSE SANG A SONG SONG EPG POSTER 2013

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Hush, Little Baby

Traditional Rhyme and Tune
Illustrated by Marla Frazee

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Hush, Little Baby

Traditional Words and Tune (Sing to the tune of “Hush Little Baby”)
Words Adapted by Sylvia Long
Illustrated by Sylvia Long
(This adaptation has a wonderful “non-material” theme where the mother offers the gift of viewing  lovely things in nature)

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I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon
Words and Music by Jeff Moss
Pictures Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie

Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Alison Jackson
Illustrated by Judy Schachner

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I Love You a Bushel and a Peck

Words and Music by Frank Loesser
Illustrated by Rosemary Wells

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I’m a Manatee
Words by John Lithgow
Music by Bill Elliott
Illustrated by Ard Hoyt
(This book includes a vocal and instrumental track on a sing-along CD as well as a printed music…TERRIFIC!!)

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I’m in Love with a Big Blue Frog
Words and Music by Leslie Braunstein
Performed by Peter Paul & Mary
Illustrated by Joshua S. Brunet
ISBN 978-1-936140-37-4

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Inch by Inch (The Garden Song)
Words and Music by David Mallett
Illustrated by Ora Eitan

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It’s a Small World
Words and Music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Illustrated by Joey Chou

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I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
Words and Music by John Rox
Illustrations by Bruce Whatley

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I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago
Traditional Words and Tune (same tune as ”She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain“)
Words Adapted by Steven Kellogg
Illustrated by Steven Kellogg
ISBN 0-688-13412-2

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I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

Traditional Words and Tune
Edited by Ann Owen
Illustrated by Sandra D’Antonio
(This book features printed music, pages of information about the song and railroads, and activity ideas.)

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I Whistle a Happy Tune
 from

Getting to Know You
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrated by Rosemary Wells
Published by HarperCollinsPublishers, New York, 2002
ISBN 0-06-626845-5

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I Whistle a Happy Tune (second verse poster card)
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
From the Musical THE KING AND I
Illustrated with Artwork by Students at Tuckahoe Elementary
To view or print this card, click this link:
whistle second verse card

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Jingle Bells

Traditional Tune
Words Adapted by Iza Trapani
Illustrated by Iza Trapani

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Jingle Bells, A Pop-up Holiday Song

Traditional Tune
Poem excerpt by James Lord Pierpont
Illustrated by Eren Blanquet Unten

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Jingle Bells (Sing and Read Storybook)
Poem by James Lord Pierpont
Traditional  Tune
Illustrated by Darcy May

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SBWE Advent Calendar Last Song
Last Song (A Lullaby)
Poem by James Guthrie
Music by Emily Everson Gleichenhaus and Paul Raiman
To view or print this page, click here:
SBWE Advent Calendar Last Song
Sing-Along with Emily:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/last-song

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Late for School

Words and Music by Steve Martin
Illustrated by C.F. Payne
Published by Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group, New York, 2010
ISBN 978-044-6-55702-3

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Let There Be Peace on Earth (And Let It Begin with Me)
Music and words by Jill Jackson and Sy Miller
Illustrations by David Diaz

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Let it Shine (Three Favorite Spirituals)
Traditional words and tunes
Illustrated by Ashley Bryan
This book illustrates the spirituals:
This Little Light of Mine
When the Saints Go Marching In
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

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Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along (The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs)
Words and Tunes by Lisa Loeb, Various Artists, and Traditional
Songs Performed by Lisa Loeb
Illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke

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LITTLE BIRDIE
Words and Music by Mo Gleichenhaus
Picture assembled by Sing Books with Emily
View or print this page, here:
Little Birdie by MPG 2013
Listen to the scratch recording of LITTLE BIRDIE (by Mo Gleichenhaus), here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/little-birdie-by-mo-2013-02-03

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Little Bunny Foo Foo (the Real Story)
Traditional Words and Tune
Story and Song Adapted by Cori Doerrfeld
Illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld

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The Little Elf
Words by John Kendrick Bangs
Music by Various Artists, Including Ginger Sands
Illustrated by Unknown
To print and sing this sweet poem, click here:
little elf w line drawing

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Little Goblins Ten
Sing to the Tune of “Over in the Meadow
Words Adapted by Pamela Jane
Illustrated by Jane Manning

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Little Jack Horner
Traditional Words and Tune
Sing to the Tune of LITTLE MISS MUFFET
Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard in Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
 little jack horner childcraft for SBWE

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A LITTLE MADNESS IN THE SPRING
Selection from the Poem by Emily Dickinson
Sing to Little Tune by Emily
Sing this little tune with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/a-little-madness-in-the-spring
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
a little madness for the king

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A Little Nonsense Relished
Phrase by Roald Dahl
From the book CHARLIE AND THE GREAT GLASS ELEVATOR
From the movie WILLY WONKA  AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Sing to an Adaptation of Twinkle Little Star
Sing this little tune with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/a-little-nonsense-now-and-then
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
a little nonsense relished

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The Little Turtle
Poem by Vachel Linsay
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Priscilla Pointer
From: Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954) p. 96
Sing LITTLE TURTLE with Emily, here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/there-was-a-little-turtle-eleg-2010

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Little Songs & Singable Poems for SBWE
Collected byEmily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Music, Words and Illustration by Various Artists

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Love Me Tender
Words Elvis Presley, Vera Matson (credited),  Ken Darby (uncredited)
Music by George R. Poulton
Illustrated by Tom Browning

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Mail Myself to You
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home and library use only.

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The Marvelous Toy
Words and Music by Tom Paxton
Illustrated by Steve Cox
(This book is a far and away favorite with the Kindergarten set. It comes with a wonderful CD that has Tom Paxton singing on one track with a separate instrumental track, including a clearly played melody line, so you can sing solo…a wonderful edition!)

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

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Monster Mash
Words and Music by Bobby Pickett and Leonard Capizzi
Illustrated by David Catrow
ISBN 978-0545214797

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My Favorite Things
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrations by Renee Graef

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New York State of Mind

Words and Music by Billy Joel
Illustrated by IZAK

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Old MacDonald Had a Farm (Classic Books with Holes)
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Pam Adams
(You can find editions of this book which are packaged with a terrific sing-along CD)

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Our Abe Lincoln
Traditional Tune, Sing to the tune of “The Old Gray Mare
Words Adapted by Jim Aylesworth
Illustrated by Barbara McClintock

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Over in the Meadow
Words by Olive A. Wadsworth
Music by Mabel Wood Hill
Words Adapted by John Langstaff
Illustrated by Fedor Rojankovsky

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Over the Rainbow
Words and Music by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret
Published by Imagine Publishing Inc.
ISBN 978-1-936140-00-8

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Of course Grandma says, “Bring pie for everyone,” when the sleigh comes into view and they all holler “Hurray for the pumpkin pie,” at dinner.

Over the River and Through the Wood
Traditional Tune
Poem by Lydia Maria Child
Illustrated by Matt Tavares
Post for this special illustration:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/a-new-ride-over-the-river/

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Over the River and Through the Wood
Traditional Tune
Poem By Lydia Maria Child
Illustrated by Christopher Manson

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The Owl and the Pussycat

Words by Edward Lear
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustrated by James Marshall
(The poem has been set to music a few times. But, for a tune to sing along, I suggest the “Owl and the Pussycat,” vocal track by Lorraine Nelson Wolf on her album “Come Follow Me,” Track 16)
Sing “O&P” along with Emily: 

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/o-p-eleg-061909

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The Owl and the Pussycat

Words by Edward Lear
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustrated by Jan Brett
(The poem has been set to music a few times. But, for a tune to sing along, I suggest the “Owl and the Pussycat,” vocal track by Lorraine Nelson Wolf on her album “Come Follow Me,” Track 16)
Sing “O&P” along with Emily: 

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/o-p-eleg-061909

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Owl and the Pussycat
Poem by Edward Lear
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustrated by Anne Mortimer
Sing “O&P” along with Emily: 

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/o-p-eleg-061909

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Preamble
Art by Mike Wilkins (1987)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
http://americanart.si.edu
Sing this ART with The Preamble Song” from Schoolhouse Rock”  (andFifty Nifty States, too!)
Additional Lyrics by
Music by Lynn Ahrens

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Presidents Name Song for Sing Books with Emily
Song Intro by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Illustrations and Layout Compiled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Sing Sing Books with Emily’s The Presidents Name Song with the melody sing-along track, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/presidentsnamesong-melody
If you are interested in a copy of this book, please email: SingBooksWithEmily.att.net, or lave a comment to this post.

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PRESIDENTS NAME SONG
Song Intro by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Illustrations by Painless Learning Placemats
Sing Sing Books with Emily’s The Presidents Name Song with the melody sing-along track, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/presidentsnamesong-melody

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Puff the Magic Dragon
Words and Music by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret

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Rhode Island is Famous for You
Words by Howard Dietz
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

This book is for home and classroom use only.

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I don’t know “The Rose Family” well enough to sing it yet, but one of the children saw the page and asked about it, so we read the poem in one of the classes:  A page for the Sing Books with Emily SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDARThe Rose Family
SBWE Advent Calendar the rose family
The Rose Family
Poem by Robert Frost
Musical Setting by Elliott Carter
To view or print the SBWE Singable Advent Calendar sheet for “The Rose Family,” click here:
SBWE Advent Calendar the rose family

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Words and Music by Johnny Marks
Published by World International Publishing Limited, Great Britain, 1989
ISBN #: 7235-8891-0
This is the only copy I’ve ever found of “Rudolph” the SONG.  All other Rudolphs I’ve found have been the original story book by Robert L. May (the story upon which the song is based).  It will be great fun to sing the song with the youngsters.  They are going to love it!

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Original Story by Robert L. May
Written for Montgomery Ward Department Store in 1939
Illustrated by Denver Gillen
Set to Music by Johnny Marks (1948)
(I created a sing-along book for Johnny Mark’s tune with the Denver Gillen Illustrations.  Fun to sing!)

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The Secret Sits
Poem by Robert Frost
Tune by  Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Illustration Assembled by  Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
the secret sits robert frost sbwe
Sing the tune with Emily, here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/secret-sits-robert-frost-tune

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Shake and Shake the Catsup Bottle
Poem by Richard Armour
Tune by Emily
To view or print this song sheet, click here:

shake and shake the catsup bottle
Sing along with Emily, here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/shake-and

This song sheet is intended for home or classroom use only.

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She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain

Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Jonathan Emmett
Illustrated by Deborah Allwright

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She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain
Traditional Tune
Words Adapted by Philemon Sturges
Illustrated by Ashley Wolff

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Sign Language Alphabet (Painless Learning Placemats)
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by PAINLESS LEARNING PLACEMATS

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Silver Bells (a Musical Pop-Up Book)
Words and Music by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Illustrated by Robert Steele, Iain Smyth, James Diaz

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Simple Gifts (The Shaker Hymn)

Words and Music by Elder Joseph Brackett
Illustrated by Chris Raschka

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Sing…sing a song
Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

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Skidamarink: The “I Love You” Song (Sing and Read Storybook)
Traditional Words and Tune Unattributed
Original Words by Felix F. Feist
Original Music by Al Piantadosi
Illustrated by Jacqueline East

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Snuggle Puppy

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

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SONG OF THE BOAT, from WATER SINGS BLUE

“Song of the Boat” from WATER SINGS BLUE
Poems by Kate Coombs
Illustrated by Meilo So
Melody by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Arrangement by Paul Raiman of www.MyRehearsalPianist.com
Track Prepared by Paul Raiman of www.MyRehearsalPianist.com

You can hear the tune with melody line included, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/song-of-the-boat-with-melody

You can hear (and sing-along with) the accompaniment, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/song-of-the-boat-accompaniment

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The Sparrow
Words and Music by Jill Leger
Illustrated by Jill Leger
Sing-Along on Youtube with a karaoke video of “The Sparrow”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlxqa-eXTVw
Hear Emily’s recording of “The Sparrow” on:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-sparrow-eleg-by-jill-leger

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The Star-Spangled Banner
Words by Francis Scott Key
Music by J. Stafford Smith
Edited by Barbie H. Schwaeber
Illustrated by Frank Ordaz

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Star Spangled Banner

Words by Francis Scott Key
Music by J. Stafford Smith
Illustrated by Peter Spier
(When it comes to creating accurately detailed pictures that are fun to look at and respect the intelligence of children, you can’t find a better illustrator than Peter Spier.  This book features printed music and a detailed essay about the song.)

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Star Spangled Banner

Words by Francis Scott Key
Music by J. Stafford Smith
Illustrated by Todd Ouren
(This book features printed music and historical information)

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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Poem by Robert Frost
Sing to the Tune of Greensleeves
Illustrated by Susan Jeffers
Sing along with Emily, here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/stopping-by-woods-eleg-2010

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Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)
Words by DuBose Heyward
Music by George Gershwin
Illustrated by Mike Wimmer

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Sunrise, Sunset

Words by Sheldon Harnick
Music by Jerry Bock
Illustrated by Ian Schoenherr
This song is from the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”

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Sunshine on My Shoulders
Words by John Denver
Music by John Denver, Mike Taylor & Dick Kniss
Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

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The Surrey with the Fringe on Top

Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrated by James Warhola

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Sweet Suffolk Owl
Poem Attributed to an Anonymous Author
Music by Thomas Vautor (1619) (Thomas Vautor’s musical setting:www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbkTP7NJXME )
Music by Richard Hundley (1981) (Richard Hundley’s musical setting:www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCOijXQEeqk)
Illustrations Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
You can sing-along with this book I assembled, to view or print, click here:
sweet suffolk owl book for singing

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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

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The Swing

Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Esther Friend, p. 132 of Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
Originally Published in A Child’s Garden of Verses
To view or print this page, click here:
SWING RLS childcraft Friend ELEG type

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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

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Words by Jack Norworth
Music by Albert Von Tilzer
Illustrated by Amiko Hirao
Performed by Carly Simon
This edition gets a GOLD STAR for including the FULL song (both verses and chorus) and a fabulous recording of Carly Simon and her delightful arrangement she made for Ken Burn’s documentary Baseball.

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We sang “Cranky Poodle” and “Food Fight” from:

Take Me Out of the Bathtub (and Other Silly Dilly Songs)

Traditional Tunes
Words Adapted by Alan Katz
Illustrated by David Catrow

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The Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Words and Music by Jimmy Kennedy
Illustrated by Michael Hague
ISBN 978-0-8050-5349-4
(This is the large, trade paperback edition)

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There’s a Train Out for Dreamland
Music and Lyrics by Frederich H. Heider and Carl Kress
Illustrated by Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer
ISBN 978-0-06-058022-3

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated and designed by Jeremy Holmes
(This version is sooooooooo cool!  The old lady’s eyes shut when you turn the last page)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZlj_Yszp3U

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There Was an Old Man with a Beard
Limerick by Edward Lear
Illustrated by Kelly Oechsli
Published in her book, “Limericks by Lear” (World Press, 1965) 
Sing the limerick tune with Emily, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/limerick-tune-there-was-an-old
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
there was an old man w a beard lear oechsli

This page is for home or classroom use only.

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There Was an Old Man with a Beard“ from the Sing Books with Emily SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR
SBWE Advent Calendar There Was an Old Man with a Beard
There Was an Old Man with a Beard
SBWE SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR
Limerick by Edward Lear
Illustrated by Lois Ehlert
Published in her book, “Limericks by Lear” (World Press, 1965) 
Sing the limerick tune with Emily, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/limerick-tune-there-was-an-old

To view or print this page, click here:
SBWE Advent Calendar There Was an Old Man with a Beard

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The 13 Nights of Halloween
Traditional Tune (sing to the tune of Twelve Days of Christmas)
Words Adapted by Guy Vasilovich
Illustrated by Guy Vasilovich

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This Jazz Man

Traditional Tune (Sing to the Tune of  “This Old Man”)
Words Adapted by Karen Ehrhardt
Illustrated by R. G. Roth

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This Land is Your Land

Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen
(This book, rich in detail, features printed music and a tribute to Woody Guthrie written by Pete Seeger.)

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To Market, To Market
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Anne Miranda
Illustrated by Janet Stevens

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Twelve Days of Christmas

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Bill Bolton

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Twelve Days of Summer

Traditional Tune (“Twelve Days of Christmas”)
Word Adaptations by Jan Andrews
Illustrated by Susan Rennick Jolliffe

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat
Published in: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Traditional Tune, Same as “ABC Song” and “Baa Blacksheep
Words by Lewis Carroll
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Click here to view or print the book:
twinkle bat book
Sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat” along with me, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/twinkle-little-bat-eleg-2010

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Twinkle Little Bat SBWE Sing-Along Poster Card
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 SBWE sing along card
Sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat” along with me, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/twinkle-little-bat-eleg-2010

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Poem by Jane Taylor
Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
(This gorgeously illustrated book gets a gold star for using the mostly unacknowledged FULL text of the poem)

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United States State Capitals Song
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

If you are interested in a copy of this book, please email: SingBooksWithEmily.att.net, or lave a comment to this post.

Sing Along with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/us-state-capitals-song-sbwe

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Waltzing Matilda
Traditional Folk Tune Arranged by Christina Macpherson
Poem by A.B. “Banjo” Paterson
Illustrated by Desmond Digby

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Waltzing Matilda (Refrain Poster Card)
Traditional Folk Tune Arranged by Christina Macpherson
Poem by A.B. “Banjo” Paterson
Card by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To print or view the above poster featuring the “Waltzing Matilda“ refrain lyrics, click here:
waltzing matilda refrain for book 7X7

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We the Kids (The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States)

Forward by David Catrow
Illustrated by David Catrow
Sing this book with “The Preamble Song” from “School House Rock”
Additional Lyrics by
Music by Lynn Ahrens
(More information about the song, here:http://www.schoolhouserock.tv/Preamble.html)

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When I First Came to This Land

Words and Music by Oscar Brand
Illustrated by Doris Burn
LOC Catalog Card Number: 74-77596
This book contains notes about the author and illustrator and printed sheet music.

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When Johnny Comes Marching Home (A Song About a Soldier’s Return)
Traditional Tune
Words by Patrick S. Gilmore
Illustrated by Todd Ouren
(This book features printed music, historical information and activities)

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When You Wish Upon a Star
Music by Ned Washington
Words by Leigh Harline
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret

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White Christmas (Irving Berlin’s)
Words and Music by Irving Berlin
Illustrated By Michael Hague

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Who is on the United States Money Song
Sing to the Tune of the Can-Can
Words by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Pictures Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Hear the song and sing-along with Emily at this link:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/who-is-on-the-us-money-song

If you are interested in a copy of this book, please email: SingBooksWithEmily.att.net, or leave a comment to this post.

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Who is on the United States Money Song with  PAINLESS LEARNING PLACEMATS (Money)
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Who is on the United States Money Song
Sing to the Tune of the Can-Can
Words by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Illustrated by PAINLESS LEARNING PLACEMATS
Hear the song and sing-along with Emily at this link:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/who-is-on-the-us-money-song

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A page for the Sing Books with Emily SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR,
WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND
SBWE Advent Calendar Who Has Seen the Wind
WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND?

Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Traditional Tune
Sing the poem with Emily, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/who-has-seen-the-wind-eleg
To view or print the SBWE Singable Advent Calendar sheet for “Who Has Seen the Wind,” click here:
SBWE Advent Calendar Who Has Seen the Wind

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Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
Poem by Eugene Field
Music by Various Artists (Including Carly and Lucy Simon)
Illustrated by Giselle Potter

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Yankee Doodle (A Song from the American Revolution)

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Todd Ouren
(This book features printed music, a page of song history, and activity ideas)

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Yankee Doodle
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

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You’re a Grand Old Flag
Words and Music by George M. Cohan
Illustrated by Warren Kimble

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Yellow Submarine (Sing-A-Song Storybook)
Words and Music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Illustrated by Cathy Holly

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Zeal of Zebras
Words and Art by Woop Studios
When we sing The Sparrow we talk about the names of animal groups (and how exploring the names of animal groups is a great way to enhance your vocabulary) this artful book explores an alphabet full of animal group names (like “an ostentation of peacocks” or “an embarrassment of pandas”)

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Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin

Words by Lloyd Moss
Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
(You can sing “Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin” to the tune of “Reuben, Reuben”)

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 ZYXs, a Singable Picture Book
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Sing the ZYX’s along with me!  Just click here:

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

If you are interested in a copy of this book, please email: SingBooksWithEmily.att.net, or lave a comment to this post.

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 ZYXs

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Click here to view or print my ZYX card:
zyx’s sbwe sing along card
Sing the ZYX’s along with me!  Just click here:

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

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 ZYXs with American Sign Language Alphabet
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Click here to view or print my ZYX card with American Sign Language Alphabet:
ZYX letters caps WITH SIGN
Sing the ZYX’s along with me!  Just click here:

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

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY at Local Libraries this Summer

If your child would like to Sing Books this summer, I will be appearing at 4 libraries in Prince William County Library System this summer:

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Wednesday, June 26 at 10:30 am

Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library

Tackett’s Mill Shopping Center (Upper Level)
2239 Old Bridge Road
Woodbridge, VA 22192-3007
703-792-5675

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 10:30 am

Dumfries Neighborhood Library

18007 Dumfries Shopping Plaza
Dumfries, VA 22026-2356
703-792-5678

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Wednesday
, July 24, 2013 at 10:30 am
Dale City Neighborhood Library

4249 Dale Boulevard
Dale City, VA 22193-2414
703-792-5670

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More info, here:

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/emilys-upcoming-performances-sbwe-at-3-prince-william-county-neighborhood-libraries-in-summer-2013/

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Related Posts

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EMILY’S UPCOMING (AND PAST) PERFORMANCES
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/emilys-upcoming-performances/

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CLASSIC BOOKS WITH HOLES
The Singable Picture Books of Classic Books with Holes
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/the-singable-picture-books-of-classic-books-with-holes/

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COUNTING

Counting (and math) in Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/counting-and-math-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/

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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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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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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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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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JONI MITCHELL
SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF JONI MITCHELL
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/joni-mitchell-in-singable-picture-books/

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LLOYD MOSS
3 by Lloyd Moss, Music Appreciation in Singable Verse
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/3-by-lloyd-moss-music-appreciation-in-singable-verse/

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

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PINTEREST
SING WITH ME SONGBOOK FOR SINGBOOKS WITH EMILY (ON PINTEREST)
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/sing-with-me-songbook-sing-books-with-emily/

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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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SANDRA BOYNTON

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

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SINGABLE PLACEMATS

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/singable-placemats/

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SONGS BY EMILY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songs-by-emily/

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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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TOLERANCE AND COMPASSION
Singable Picture Books Celebrating Tolerance and Compassion (another list inspired by Nikki)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/singable-picture-books-celebrating-tolerance-and-compassion-another-list-inspired-by-nikki/

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TOM PAXTON

The Singable Picture Books of Tom Paxton
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/the-singable-picture-books-of-tom-paxton/

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SONGS WE SANG AT TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND ESCUELA CLAREMONT IN 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/06/22/the-songs-we-sang-at-tuckahoe-elementary-and-escuela-claremont-in-the-2012-2013-school-year/

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CHILDCRAFT
The singable poems in Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/childcraft-poems-of-early-childhood-a-singable-collection-of-poetry/

This is a cut/paste from the A.Word.A.Day email that came today from Wordsmith.org, a sweet musical word that I’d never heard before:

A.Word.A.Day with Anu Garg
PRONUNCIATION:
(kuh-NOR-uhs, KAN-uhr-uhs)
MEANING:
adjective: Melodious; musical.
ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin canere (to sing). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kan- (to sing) which also gave us hen, canto, cantor, recant, accent, chant, enchant, and incentive. Earliest documented use: 1646.
USAGE:
“The canorous sounds … provided a cheery moment.”
Corrie Perkin; Off to an Opening in Earnest; The Australian (Sydney); Oct 13, 2008.

A few years ago, I performed my cabaret show called IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE.  I performed the show at Maggie’s Cabaret (and another performance at the home of friends Scott and Eric) with my great friend Howard Breitbart at the piano.  It was a wonderful experience.  The show was filled with songs that I deeply love even still.

One of the songs in the show:

YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN
Words by Marshall Barer
Music by David Raskin

A stone. A leaf. An un-found door.
A wordless hope, a fog enshrouded shore.

You can’t go home again.
Whatever made me think I could?
The where and when of what was then is gone for good.
Look homeward angel, nevermore.
You can’t go back from after to before.
My angels had to learn
That once the heart bids home goodbye,
There’s no return.
But, there are still a million other skies to fly.

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That song still rings just as true and honest and real and authentic and important to me today as it did when I sang it in…was it 2009 or 2010?

Slowly but surely I’ve been reading my way through all of Agatha Christie’s novels.  I just finished her novel AT BERTRAM’S HOTEL.  This is one of the mysteries that features the beloved Miss Marple, who said something wonderful on p. 179 of my library edition:

I learned…that one can never go back, that one should not ever try to go back – that the essence of life is going forward.  Life is really a one way street, isn’t it?

That seems to me what the song is saying, too.  Look forward.  Live today.  Live now.  SING NOW!!

Yes, that’s what I think I’ll do.  SING NOW.

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Related Posts

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SING SING A SONG, IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/sing-in-singable-picture-books-original-song-by-joe-raposo/

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SUNRISE SUNSET, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/05/02/sunrise-sunset-a-singable-picture-book/

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CIRCLE GAME
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/the-circle-game-a-singable-picture-book/

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HORSE SANG A SONG SONG EPG POSTER 2013
Horse Sang a Song, Song

Words by Eloise Pauline Gleichenhaus
Tune by Eloise’s Mom
Illustrated by Eloise Pauline Gleichenhaus
Sing along with Eloise’s Mom Emily, here:
https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/horse-sang-a-song-song
To view or print this poem poster, click here:
HORSE SANG A SONG SONG EPG POSTER 2013

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Eloise’s handwritten poem:
Horse Poem EPG 2013 05 - Copy

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THE HORSE SANG A SONG, SONG
Words by Eloise Pauline Gleichenhaus
Tune by Eloise’s Mom
Sing along with Eloise’s Mom Emily, here:
https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/horse-sang-a-song-song

I saw a brown horse.
She sang a song.
A horse of course.
I sang along.

The horse was pretty.
She combed her hair.
The horse was witty.
She did not care.

I saw a brown horse.
She sang a song.
A horse of course.
I sang along.

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Horse Poem Pic EPG 2013 05 - Copy

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Related Posts

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LITTLE SONGS, A NOTEBOOK OF SWEET LITTLE SONGS (MOSTLY SINGABLE POETRY) FOR TO SING WHEN YOUR BRAIN FEELS FUZZY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/little-songs-a-notebook-of-sweet-little-songs-mostly-singable-poetry-for-to-sing-when-your-brain-feels-fuzzy/

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

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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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SONGS BY EMILY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songs-by-emily/

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GALLERY OF KIDS ARTWORK FOR SBWE
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/praise-portraits-from-friends-of-sbwe/

My friend Doug posted this article on his Facebook page:

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Why Harry Connick Jr. Couldn’t Sit Idle During ‘Idol’
http://www.nextavenue.org/blog/why-harry-connick-jr-couldnt-sit-idle-during-idol

It makes a great point that’s been on my mind ever since Idol started.  I didn’t watch this year, so have no idea who is singing.  What I’ve enjoyed so much in previous years is watching a bunch of young kids follow their hearts and dreams to do something they love and to participate in an artistic pursuit.

And it IS a vocal competition.

BUT…

I believe that true art comes from knowledge of the subject and Harry Connick Jr. is right to hold their feet to the fire in Songs from the Great American Songbook.  It is important to me as a performer to feel worthy of being listened to…and not just vocally.  The “worth” comes from knowing what I am singing, what I am singing about, the song history, the words, the music, the composer and lyricist.  I want to know and understand why the song was written, when, and for what reason.  And I want to know and understand my own reason for singing the song, what do I personally think it means, what is my vision and perspective.  What am I trying to say.  What experiences in my life come to play in the song.  What does it remind me of and what experiences come along which change or contribute to my experience of the song.  What do I have to share and contribute?

This whole blog is about exploring the REASON for singing, to support my effort in being worthy of singing these songs.

Someone said, “Just because you CAN doesn’t mean you SHOULD.”

There is so much more to the art of sharing songs than just standing up and sounding good.

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The Art of Crafting a Song for Performance

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The Art of Singing and Crafting a Song for Performance:  Emily’s Song Craft Worksheet
This worksheet details my process for crafting a song for performance.
For Emily’s Song Craft Worksheet, click here:
Emily’s Song Craft Worksheet

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Related Posts

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


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