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Archive for the ‘Heartfelt Musings’ Category

I drove away from my visit to Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library today absolutely floating on Cloud 9.  It was such a fun morning of singing with old friends and new.

Here’s what we sang (listed in alpha order),

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ABCs

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

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I’m Late
From Disney’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Words by Bob Hilliard
Music by Sammy Fain
This book is for home and classroom use only.

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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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Rubber Duckie
Words and Music by Jeffrey Moss
Book Assembled for Sing Books with Emily

This book is for home and classroom use only.

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Smokey the Bear (Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1952

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Smokey the Bear (Conservation Pledge, Flip side of Smokey the Bear Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1952

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Smokey the Bear (Illustrated Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Pictures Assembled from Resources Online
This book is for classroom use only.

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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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take me home country roads
Take Me Home, Country Roads

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

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

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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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Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library
2239 Old Bridge Road in the Tackett’s Mill Shopping Center
Woodbridge, VA 22192-2930
703-792-5675

Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library website:
http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/library/Pages/Lake-Ridge-Neighborhood-Library.aspx

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The 2014 Summer Reading Program theme is PAWS TO READ

paws to read

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In honor of  PAWS TO READ, I assembled a list of books that feature our furry friends:

DOGS IN ILLUSTRATED SONGS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/dogs-in-illustrated-songs/

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PAWS TO READ online Calendar 2014:
http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/library/Documents/Calendar%20of%20Events/2014_06-8interactive.pdf

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Some marvelous signatures from little ones in my guest book, including new friends and old friends:

  • Sage
  • Ciara
  • Sydney
  • Hanne
  • Hunter
  • Gavin
  • Garrett
  • Joi
  • Dominic

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Thank you to my friends how left me such nice notes!   I’m so grateful!

We look forward to seeing you each summer!  Always fans.
Guestbook note, Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library, Woodbridge, VA,  7/23/2014

Great!
Guestbook note, Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library, Woodbridge, VA,  7/23/2014

We love your voice.
Guestbook note, Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library, Woodbridge, VA,  7/23/2014

My favorite song was Country Road.
Guestbook note, Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library, Woodbridge, VA,  7/23/2014

Thank you, you are so sweet.
Guestbook note, Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library, Woodbridge, VA,  7/23/2014

Thank you!  We had a wonderful time.
Guestbook note, Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library, Woodbridge, VA,  7/23/2014

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PROJECT PUT: PICK UP TRASH, THEME SONG

PUT-Banner

My daughter Eloise wanted to start a movement to remove litter from our communities,

So we created Project PUT: Pick Up Trash (and put it where it belongs, in the recycle or a designated trash receptacle),
http://projectput.wordpress.com/

All you have to do is pledge to not litter and to Pick Up Trash whenever you can:
http://projectput.wordpress.com/take-the-project-put-pledge/

We got recognition from the author of the new picture book about the song MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE, who is hosting the the My Country Tis of Thee Music Project, for our Project PUT Theme song!
Sing Along with Eloise and Emily, here:

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SONGS WE SANG AT GAINESVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARY, Saturday, July 12, 2014
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/the-songs-we-sang-at-the-gainesville-neighborhood-library-on-7122014/

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SONGS WE SANG AT INDEPENDENT HILL NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARY, Saturday, June 28, 2014
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/the-songs-we-sang-at-independent-hill-neighborhood-library-in-prince-william-county-va-6282014/

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SONGS WE SANG AT DUMFRIES NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARY, Wednesday, July 9, 2014
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/the-songs-we-sang-at-dumfries-neighborhood-library-792014/

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THE SONGS WE SANG AT TUCKAHOE, CARLIN SPRINGS AND CLAREMONT ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/the-many-marvelous-songs-we-sang-at-tuckahoe-claremont-and-carlin-springs-elementary-schools-in-arlington-va-in-the-2013-2014-school-year/

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Praise for Sing Books with Emily
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/praise-for-sing-books-with-emily/

Eloise and I made a scratch recording for our Project PUT Theme Song:

THE PROJECT PUT THEME SONG LYRICS w guitar chords
Project PUT Theme Song: This Land for You and Me, Lyric Sheet with Guitar Chords
Sing to the Tune of “America: My Country ‘Tis of Thee”
Adapted Lyrics by Eloise and her mom
Traditional Tune
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
THE PROJECT PUT THEME SONG LYRICS w guitar chords

Sing Along with Eloise and Emily, here:

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Project PUT Song List
http://projectput.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/project-put-song-list/

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Take the Project PUT Pledge and Become a Member of Project PUT
http://projectput.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/take-the-project-put-pledge-and-become-a-member-of-project-put/

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PROJECT PUT ACTION IDEAS
http://projectput.wordpress.com/put-action-ideas/

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PROJECT PUT ACHIEVEMENTS
http://projectput.wordpress.com/put-achievements/

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AMERICA: MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/my-country-tis-of-thee-a-singable-picture-book/

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AMERICAN HISTORY: CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND TELL STORIES OF AMERICAN HISTORY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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Lyrics for Project PUT Theme Song Set to MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THEE Tune, Recognized by Author of Book About the Song
http://projectput.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/lyrics-for-project-put-theme-song-set-to-my-country-tis-of-thee-tune-recognized-by-author-of-book-about-the-song/

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A Frog He Would a-Wooing Go
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by William Stobbs
Another title for same song is Froggie Went a-Courtin’

A friend of mine had an interesting conversion going on Facebook and someone mentioned the song FROGGIE WENT A-COURTIN’.

This reminded me that I bought a frog limberjack for singing the song (for which I also plan to use the horse limberjack I already had)

FROGGIE is a story song, but the story can be repetititve and can progress slowly.  So, as to keep kid’s attention and keep the story moving, I’ve adapted the song to suit my needs. As the folks process allows, I’ve added a couple new lyrics and changed others.

I didn’t want Forggie to be packing a pistol, for example. I prefer that he just wanted to dress up and look nice for Miss Mousie.  I also wanted to condense the conversation with Uncle Rat, have him bless the wedding, and get right to the festivities.  In my version, the Bumblebee comes to play the banjo and the Old Gray Goose cuts loose on the fiddle, and the Ants come for a dance.  I wanted to make sure they go to France for they honeymoon and, as is traditional, for listeners to be told to make up some new story for themselves.

FROGGIE WENT A-COURTIN’
Traditional Words and Tune
Some Adaptations by ELEG for SBWE

Froggie went a-courtin’ and he did ride, a-huh
Froggie went a-courtin’ and he did ride
All dressed up to show his pride
A-huh, a-huh, fare thee well

He rode down to Mousie’s door, a-huh
He rode down to Mousie’s door
Where he had often been before
A-huh, a-huh, fare thee well

He took Miss Mousie on his knee, a-huh
He took Miss Mousie on his knee
And asked “Miss Mouse will you marry me?”
A-huh, a-huh, fare thee well

“You must ask my Uncle Rat’s consent,” a-huh
”Without my Uncle Rat’s consent
I would not marry the president”
A-huh, a-huh, fare thee well

Uncle Rat smiled and he said yes, a-huh
Uncle Rat smiled and he said yes
And this his how the wedding went
A-huh, a-huh, fare thee well

First to come was the Bumblebee, a-huh
First to come was the Bumblebee
Who played the banjo on his knee
A-huh, a-huh, fare thee well

Next to come was the Old Gray Goose, a-huh
Next to come was the Old Gray Goose
She picked up her fiddle and she cut loose
A-huh, a-huh, fare thee well

Last to come were the Fancy Ants, a-huh
Last to come were the Fancy Ants
Steppin’ ‘round to have a dance
A-huh, a-huh, fare thee well

The Mouse and Frog each said “I do,” a-huh
The Mouse and Frog said, “I marry you,”
Then off to France for their Honeymoon
A-huh, a-huh, fare thee well

The wedding picture sits on a shelf, a-huh
The wedding picture sits on a shelf
If you want anymore, then sing it yourself
A-huh, a-huh, fare thee well

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WATSON FAMILY

Singable Picture Books from Nancy Dingman, Aldren A., Clyde and Wendy Watson
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/singable-picture-books-by-the-watsons-nancy-dingman-aldren-a-clyde-and-wendy/

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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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FROGGIE WENT A COURTIN’ IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

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FROGGIE WENT A-COURTIN’, New Lyrics Adapted by ELEG for SBWE

We had a wonderful time Singing Books today at the Dumfries Neighborhood Library in Dumfries, VA this morning.

It was a large and delightful crowd of children and their caregivers.  I got to visit with some old friends and make new friends, too.  My heartfelt thanks to everyone who came out to sing with me today.

I brought my guitar to sing OLD BLUE to honor the PAWS TO READ, 2014 Summer Reading program theme this year.  We also made use of my glockenspiel, foot tambourines, rubber duckie and kazoo.  It’s always more fun with instruments!

Here’s our song stack (listed in alpha order),

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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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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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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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frosty the snowman wade zahares
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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Grandma’s Feather Bed (John Denver’s)
Words and Music by Jim Connor
Adapted and Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

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Old Blue Taylor Holton
Old Blue (You Good Dog You)
Traditional Words and Tune
Story by Mark Taylor
Illustrated by Gene Holton
Sing OLD BLUE with Emily:

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Old Blue (You Good Dog You) (Printed Music)
Traditional Words and Tune
Arranged by Mark Taylor

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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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Rubber Duckie
Words and Music by Jeffrey Moss
Book Assembled for Sing Books with Emily

This book is for home and classroom use only.

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Smokey the Bear (Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1952

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Smokey the Bear (Conservation Pledge, Flip side of Smokey the Bear Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1952

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Smokey the Bear (Illustrated Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Pictures Assembled from Resources Online
This book is for classroom use only.

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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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take me home country roads
Take Me Home, Country Roads

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

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

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Dumfries Neighborhood Library

18007 Dumfries Shopping Plaza
Dumfries, VA 22026-2411
703-792-5678

Dumfries Neighborhood Library website:
https://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/library/Pages/Dumfries-Neighborhood-Library.aspx

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The 2014 Summer Reading Program theme is PAWS TO READ

paws to read

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In honor of  PAWS TO READ, I assembled a list of books that feature our furry friends:

DOGS IN ILLUSTRATED SONGS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/dogs-in-illustrated-songs/

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PAWS TO READ online Calendar 2014:
http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/library/Documents/Calendar%20of%20Events/2014_06-8interactive.pdf

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AMERICAN HISTORY: CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND TELL STORIES OF AMERICAN HISTORY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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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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WINTER

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

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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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SESAME STREET
Sesame Street in Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/sesame-street-in-singable-picture-books/

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STEVE ROLLINS AND JACK NELSON
THE SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF STEVE NELSON AND JACK ROLLINS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/the-singable-picture-books-of-steve-nelson-and-jack-rollins/

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DOGS IN ILLUSTRATED SONGS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/dogs-in-illustrated-songs/

I made a poster with the Declaration of Independence Trumbull Portrait to celebrate Independence Day 2014, using the 1776 verse text my daughter learned for her 4th grade Colonial Day.

Since the text is not so easy to read on the first poster, I decided to make a second one so kids can read the text and sing-along:

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Yankee Doodle with 1776 Verse, Text Poster for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Poster Assembled by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this poster, click here:
yankee doodle 1776 verse text sbwe eleg

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YANKEE DOODLE, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/little-house-songs-yankee-doodle/

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YANKEE DOODLE IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/little-house-songs-yankee-doodle/

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“Read, Sing, Play ABC Sing-Along,” A Singable Book, Letter E (tune of Yankee Doodle)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/04/04/%E2%80%9Cread-sing-play-abc-sing-along%E2%80%9D-a-singable-book-letter-e/
This post features a version of “Yankee Doodle” that appears in “Little House in the Big Woods”

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LITTLE HOUSE SONGS: LAURA INGALLS WILDER – SONGS OF THE LITTLE HOUSE BOOKS
Songs of the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/songs-of-the-little-house-books-by-laura-ingalls-wilder/

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

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USEFUL TUNES IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/useful-tunes-in-the-public-domain/

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

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Happy Independence Day from Sing Books with Emily, and an addition to the Yankee Doodle Repertoire
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/happy-independence-day-from-sing-books-with-emily-and-an-addition-to-the-yankee-doodle-repertoire/

MUSIC IS EVERYWHERE!

To articulate the romance of trains and locomotives’ muse, Joshua Hammer writes in the 6/1/2014 NY Times Book Review:

Riding the rails to Boston in 1924, George Gershwin listened to the roar of the steam engine and the turn of the wheels and found the inspiration for “Rhapsody in Blue,” his hymn to urbanizing, Jazz Age America. “It was on the train, with its steely rhythms, its rattle-ty bang, that is so often so stimulating to a composer,” he told a biographer, describing the moment of creation. “I frequently hear music in the very heart of the noise.” W. C. Handy and other African-American musicians heard a similar sound on the Illinois Central, the Midwestern line that spirited them away from the Deep South on the Great Migration that began during World War I. They married the whistle and drone of the locomotive to the plaintive chants of sharecroppers and invented the “city blues.” Steve Goodman, a little-known composer, was inspired by a ­journey on the same line to write a dirge that became one of the anthems of the Vietnam War era — “The City of New ­Orleans.”

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Link to NY TIMES BOOK REVIEW, Sunday, June 1, 2014
JOURNEY BY RAIL, by Joshua Hammer,

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/books/review/tom-zoellners-train.html?_r=0

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TRAINS
Train Songs in Singable Picture Books:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/train-songs-in-singable-picture-books/

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MUSIC IS EVERYWHERE

I saw a meme posted on someone’s Facebook page that modified an acrostic poem and used the words math, language, history, reading and science to exemplify the educational and cultural enrichment that music offers:

MATH
LANGUAGE
HISTORY
READING
SCIENCE

It is not always easy to articulate for others what I do with my Sing Books work, or to help folks understand why music is so enriching (for EVERYONE…not just kids) I liked that music is math, language, history, reading and science meme so much, and since those words apply also to the illustrated songs in the Sing Books repertoire (and to the activity of singing of those songs), I’d make it my own.

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MUSIC IS poster ELEG 4 SBWE

MUSIC IS Poster for Sing Books with Emily
Music (and Sing Books with Emily) is Math, Language, History, Reading and Science

Please print this poster and give it to everyone you know!

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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 son and I were walking around Washington, DC’s Chinatown this afternoon to the tune of some ugly street music and I began to think of this book (and how I WISHED Joshua Bell could have been there instead),

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The Man with the Violin
Story by Kathy Stinson
Illustrations by Dusan Petricic
Postscript by Joshua Bell

This book was a gift from my wonderful friend, marvelous teacher and supporter of SING BOOKS, Danielle Ancil.  What a fantastic gift this is, too, to remind me of the GIFT that music is to the world, how important it is to our lives, how enriching music is (even when we don’t always top to pay attention when something gorgeous is filling the space around us!

I’m so glad to have gotten the chance to explore this story…

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Publisher’s webpage for the book:

http://www.annickpress.com/Man-with-the-Violin-The

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Publisher’s Author video for this book:

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A long and detailed account of the event on the Washington Post website, here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html

By Gene Weingarten, Washington Post Staff Writer, Sunday, April 8, 2007

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Image of Joshua Bell playing in the Metro:

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/joshua-bell-playing-at-lenfant-plaza-metro-in-washington-dc-news-photo/141021658

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Washington Post video of the event, here:

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NPR’s ALL THINGS CONSIDERED interviews Josha Bell about the event:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9521098

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ZIN ZIN ZIN A VIOLIN, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/zin-zin-zin-a-violin-a-singable-picture-book/

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NOT NECESSARILY SINGABLE, BUT MUSIC RELATED ON SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, THE BLOG
This is a list of Picture Books that are not necessarily singable, but which have appeared in my blog as books which embrace music as an important and enriching part of our lives.  For a more comprehensive list (including books which have not yet made their way into the Sing Books blog) please see the Pinterest link just below this one:

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/picture-books-not-necessarily-singable-which-embrase-music-as-an-important-and-enriching-component-of-our-lives/

I was so excited to visit the Key School on 6/12/2014.

What a wonderful class!  The children had sung TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS in a school program earlier in the year, so it was an extra big joy to sing it all together with them.  They were beautiful!!

Here’s what we sang:

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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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The Erie Canal
Traditional Words and tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier

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I LOVE TRASH
Words and Music by Jeff Moss
Illustrations Collected from Various Sources

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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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Smokey the Bear (Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1952

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Smokey the Bear (Conservation Pledge, Flip side of Smokey the Bear Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1952

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Smokey the Bear (Illustrated Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Pictures Assembled from Resources Online
This book is for classroom use only.

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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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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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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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Related Posts

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AMERICAN HISTORY: CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND TELL STORIES OF AMERICAN HISTORY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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

 

A little Patriotic Gift to USA from Sing Books with Emily on Independence Day 2014

My children both went to Tuckahoe Elementary School in the 4th grade and participated in the wonderful event (the day to which most of the 4th grade at Tuckahoe leads up to) known as COLONIAL DAY.  A section of the celebration is devoted to songs of the period.  They learn a verse to YANKEE DOODLE that is not usually sung.

I’ve adapted it slightly and made a poster:

In Seventeen-hundred Seventy-six
On the Fourth Day of July
Our Independence we declared
In the fight for liberty

Yankee Doodle keep it up
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Mind the music and the step
And let us all be handy

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Yankee Doodle, Declaration of Independence verse, Poster
Painting by John Trumbull, 1818
Poster Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this poster, click here:
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A note form Emily on a lyric in the classic patriotic ditty (and why Emily changed it)

I love the song YANKEE DOODLE and most of what it stands for, but that lyric “let the girls be handy,” has always bothered me.  When I sing the song with children in classrooms and libraries, I let the children come up with other ideas for who should also be handy (since I believe EVERYONE should be handy).  I suggest:  Dads, Moms, Teachers, Sisters, Brothers, Boys, etc.

In this case, I decided to change the lyric to “LET US ALL BE HANDY.”  That pretty well covers it and I like it much better.

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Yankee Doodle (A Song from the American Revolution)

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Todd Ouren

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Wiki for John Trumbull’s 1818 painting:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trumbull%27s_Declaration_of_Independence

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Wiki for Declaration of Independence:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Declaration_of_Independence

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Related Posts

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YANKEE DOODLE, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/little-house-songs-yankee-doodle/

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YANKEE DOODLE IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/little-house-songs-yankee-doodle/

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“Read, Sing, Play ABC Sing-Along,” A Singable Book, Letter E (tune of Yankee Doodle)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/04/04/%E2%80%9Cread-sing-play-abc-sing-along%E2%80%9D-a-singable-book-letter-e/
This post features a version of “Yankee Doodle” that appears in “Little House in the Big Woods”

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LITTLE HOUSE SONGS: LAURA INGALLS WILDER – SONGS OF THE LITTLE HOUSE BOOKS
Songs of the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/songs-of-the-little-house-books-by-laura-ingalls-wilder/

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

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USEFUL TUNES IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/useful-tunes-in-the-public-domain/

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


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