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My daughter was reading a book of short stories and one of them was about a daughter of the Mad Hatter.  One of the other characters in the story was said to be singing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Shrew,” though the author did not offer the lyrics.  Having studied, sung, adapted and performed a full collection of songs based on the Twinkle Tune, and being smitten with it, I took it as a sign to write a new verse:

TWINKLE LITTLE SHREW
Words Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Traditional Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
Play as a Waltz

Twinkle twinkle little shrew
How I wonder what you do
When you sit in the tea pot
I wonder if it isn’t hot
Twinkle twinkle little shrew
How I wonder what you do

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TWINKLE LITTLE SHREW
Words Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Traditional Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
Play as a Waltz
twinkle little shrew sheet w chords by ELEG for SBWE

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MANY SONGS, ONE TWINKLY TUNE
Twinkle, ABC, Baa are only 3 of the many songs that use the same familiar tune
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/abc-twinkle-star-baa-blacksheep-singable-books-and-all-the-fix-ins-and-a-youre-adorable-too/

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Marsupial Sue
Words by John Lithgow
Music by Bill Elliott
Illustrated by Jack E. Davis
(This book includes a vocal and instrumental track on a sing-along CD as well as a printed music…GREAT!!)

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Someone made a video of the book with the music:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOQCwuY213Y

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Publisher Simon & Schuster’s webpage for this illustrated song:
http://books.simonandschuster.com/Marsupial-Sue/John-Lithgow/9781416996149

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Marsupial Sue
Words by John Lithgow
Music by Bill Elliott

Marsupial Sue
A young kangaroo
Hated the hopping that kangaroos do
It rattled her brain
AND gave her migraine
A backache, sideache, tummyache, too.

One morning in May
Sue wandered away
Leaving her relatives grazing on hay
What did she see
Way up in a tree
Koalas, gaily at play.

And suddenly Sue was convinced she had found
A way to escape all that bouncing around
She climbed to the top
She heard a loud POP
And howling in pain fell again to the ground.

Marsupial Sue
A lesson or two
Be happy with who you are
Don’t ever stray too far from you
Get rid of that frown
And waltz up and down
Beneath a marsupial star
If you’re a kangaroo through and through
Just do what kangaroos do.

With summer at hand
The weather was grand
So Sue stole away from her kangaroo band
Combing the shore
She heard someone snore
A platypus asleep in the sand
“How cozy!” she said
Completely misled
Ignoring the probable trouble ahead.
“How perfect for me!
A life by the sea!
All snug in a watery bed!”
So she flopped in the mud with a thud and a shout
She swallowed a scallop, a shrimp and a trout
By quarter to two
The poor kangaroo
Had typhoid, pneumonia, colic and gout.

Marsupial Sue
A lesson or two
Be happy with who you are
Don’t ever stray too far from you
Get rid of that frown
And waltz up and down
Beneath a marsupial star
If you’re a kangaroo through and through
Just do what kangaroos do.

That autumn once more
Sue got to explore
A creature she’d never laid eyes on before
A version of her
In miniature
A wallaby, with cousins galore

Before very long
Sue joined in the throng
Flouncing and jouncing and bouncing along
Happy and free
She shouted with glee
“At last, I’m where I belong!”
Then she looked at the wallaby, sprightly and small
Exactly like her only not quite so tall
She widened her eyes
And cried with surprise
“A kangaroo’s life’s not so bad after all!”

Marsupial Sue
No longer so blue:
You’re happy with who you are.
You’ll never stray too far from you.
You’re rid of that frown
So waltz up and down
Beneath a marsupial star
You are a kangaroo through and through
So do what kangaroos do.

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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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FUNNY SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

That’s Hilarious! A List of Singable Picture Books that’ll Crack You Up!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/thats-hilarious-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-thatll-crack-you-up/

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GOOD ADVICE
A list of Illustrated Songs that convey really good ideas and great advice.
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/illustrated-songs-that-give-good-advice/

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GSSB Make a Friend
MAKE A FRIEND (a Song for the Girl Scout Songbook with Mrs. G and Friends)
Words and Music by Robert E. (Buffalo Bob) Smith and Edward G. Kean
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
GSSB Make a Friend

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A YouTube so Girl Scouts can sing-along:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5xi0Qijx64

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MAKE A FRIEND
Words and Music by Robert E. (Buffalo Bob) Smith and Edward G. Kean

You can make a lot of money
Make a cake as sweet as honey
Make a list of things for Santa Claus to send
But no matter how long it may take
The greatest thing you’ll ever make is a friend

You can make your team a winner
You can make a pizza dinner
So delish you wish the meal would never end
But no matter how long it may take
The greatest thing you’ll ever make is a friend

And when things don’t go the way you planned
And your trouble mounts
If you have a friend at hand
That is all that counts

You can make a coc’late sundae
Big enough to last ’til Monday
But remember what’s important in the end:
That no matter how long it may take
The greatest thing you’ll ever make is a friend

And when things don’t go the way you planned
And your trouble mounts
If you have a friend at hand
That is all that counts

You can make a coc’late sundae
Big enough to last ’til Monday
But remember what’s important in the end:
That no matter how long it may take
The greatest thing you’ll ever make is a friend

Hi, friend!

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Sheet music and a CD with vocal and instrumental tracks for MAKE A FRIEND are featured in:

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Buffalo Bob’s Kids are Kids Songbook
Words and Music by Robert E. (Buffalo Bob) Smith and Edward G. Kean
ISBN 978-0897247535

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GIRL SCOUT SONGBOOK (w Mrs. G & Friends)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/girl-scout-songbook-w-mrs-g-friends/

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GIRL SCOUT SONGBOOK (Song Sheets Collected and Marked for Troop 2740)
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/girl-scouts-songs-troop-2740/

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GIRL SCOUT SONGBOOK W MRS. G & FRIENDS ON PINTEREST
http://www.pinterest.com/singbooksemily/girl-scout-songbook-w-mrs-g-friends-troop-2863/

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GOOD ADVICE
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/illustrated-songs-that-give-good-advice/

Believe it or not, this JEWEL of a comedy/novelty song was written by the same two guys that brought us OVER THE RAINBOW, and another song I first learned on THE MUPPET SHOW RECORD:

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Lydia the Tattooed Lady
Words by Yip Harburg
Music by Harold Arlen

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Lydia the Tattooed Lady
Words by Yip Harburg
Music by Harold Arlen

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It’s true, you CAN learn a lot from LYDIA

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LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lydia_the_Tattooed_Lady

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LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY Muppet wiki
http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Lydia,_the_Tattooed_Lady

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BATTLE OF WATERLOO wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Waterloo

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NAPOLEON CROSSING THE ALPS
1801 painting by Jacques-Louis David wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_Crossing_the_Alps

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WRECK OF THE HESPERUS
Poem by Henry Wadworth Longfellow
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wreck_of_the_Hesperus

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SLOOP (detail)
By Robert Moak
http://www.wheelerfolk.org/sloop/s_photos/album.htm

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KANKAKEE, IL wiki:
http://www.citykankakee-il.gov/

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PARIS, FRANCE wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris

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WASHINGTON CROSSING THE DELAWARE
1851 painting by Emanuel Leutze
http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/11417

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ANDREW JACKSON wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Jackson

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ANDREW JACKSON AND THE WAR OF 1812, BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_New_Orleans

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Kermit sings LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY

www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHXZA_5XMJ4

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Groucho sings LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY

www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4zRe_wvJw8

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LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY
Music by Harold Arlen
Words by E. Y. “Yip” Harburg
Written for the 1939 Marx Brothers film At the Circus
Originally Performed by Groucho Marx
These lyrics as sung by Kermit the Frog

Lydia O Lydia say have you met Lydia
Lydia, the tattooed lady
She has eyes that folks adore so
And a torso even more so

Lydia O Lydia that encyclopedia
Lydia the Queen of tattoo
On her back is the Battle of Waterloo
Beside it the Wreck of the Hesperus too
And proudly above the waves
The Red, White and Blue
You can learn a lot from Lydia

She can give you a view of the world
In tattoo if you step up and tell her where
For a dime you can see Kankakee or Paree
Or Washington crossing the Delaware

Lydia O Lydia, say have you met Lydia
Lydia, the tattooed lady
When her muscles start relaxin’
Up the hill comes Andrew Jackson
Lydia O Lydia that encyclopedia
Lydia, the champ of them all
She once swept an Admiral clear off his feet
The ships on her hips made his heart skip a beat
And now the old boy’s in command of the fleet
You can learn a lot from Lydia

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LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY is featured on THE MUPPET SHOW RECORD


Info about The Muppet Show album, here:
http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Muppet_Show_(album)

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

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FUNNY SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

That’s Hilarious! A List of Singable Picture Books that’ll Crack You Up!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/thats-hilarious-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-thatll-crack-you-up/

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MUPPETS
ILLUSTRATED SONGS OF THE MUPPETS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/illustrated-songs-of-the-muppets/

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Hurry!  It’s Lovely Up Here
Words by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Burton Lane
From the Musical: ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER
This book is for classroom use only.

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Performer’s note:

Directly related to a reason for singing the song, and how the song fits into the plot of the show, Dr. Bruckner concludes of Daisy that she is “filled with the kind of love that pulls flowers from the ground…”

This is what Daisy is doing when she sings this song, and this is the sort of thing the singer should convey (from a personal point of view) when sharing the song with others.

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The original Daisy, Barbara Harris, sings HURRY IT’S LOVELY UP HERE

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TQxWrrzL-Y

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Barbara Streisand sings HURRY IT’S LOVELY UP HERE in the 1970 movie adaptation

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l2fsxJWE88

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Audra McDonald sings HURRY IT’S LOVELY UP HERE

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wveqX6rpyVo

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Interesting to note that all these videos use a different set/combination of lyrics.

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I also ADORE Barbara Cook’s recording of this song (which includes the charming intro).  This recording is not represented on YouTube, but can be purchased on Amazon or iTunes.

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ON CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_a_Clear_Day_You_Can_See_Forever

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HURRY IT’S LOVELY UP HERE
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner

Intro:
Talk to flowers right here.
We haven’t got a thing to fear.
What if someone should see?
There’s no one here but you and me.
We could talk just as if they were in this ground…

Hey buds below, up is where to grow
Up with which below can’t compare with
Hurry! It’s lovely up here
Life down a hole takes an awful toll
What with not a soul there to share with
Hurry! It’s lovely up here
Wake up, bestir yourself
It’s time that you disinter yourself
You’ve got a spot to fill, a pot to fill
And what a gift package of showers, sun and love
You’ll be met above everywhere with
Fondled and sniffed by millions who drift by
Life here is rosy, if you’re a posy
Hurry! It’s lovely up here.

Hey rhododen, courage little friend
Everything will end rhododandy
Hurry! It’s lovely up here.
Bloom buttercup, buds are better up
Where, in case of nuptials, you’re handy.
Climb up geranium,
It can’t be fun subterran-ium
On the exterior, it’s cheerier
RSVP peonies, pollinate the breeze
Make the queen of bees hot as brandy
Push up azalea, don’t be a failure!
Come up and see the hoot we’re giving
Come up and see the grounds for living
Come poke your head out
Open up and spread out
Hurry! It’s lovely up here.

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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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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/

This song is dedicated to a dear family friend, Linda Smith.

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Tomorrow
Words by Martin Charnin
Music by Charles Strouse
From the Musical ANNIE
For classroom use only.

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Favorite Lyric from
TOMORROW You’re Only a Day Away Poster 4 SBWE
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
tomorrow 4 sbwe i love ya tomorrow

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TOMORROW Poster 4 SBWE
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
tomorrow sbwe poster

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About Dear Family Friend Linda Smith

This song is dedicated to Linda Smith.  Linda and her family lived next door to my family during that late 1970′s and all the 1980′s.  I was obsessed with the ANNIE sound track and belted it out in my room over and over again.  Turns out, Linda could hear it in her house!  Linda passed away in 2001.  She was in hospice and knew she was going to transition soon. She called me to ask if I would sing TOMORROW at her funeral, which she heard me sing so often, through the walls of the houses.  She thought it would be a good message and a testament to her belief that though this life was over, there was more to come.  I was shocked at how matter of fact she was and at the time I didn’t know how soon she would be gone.  I did sing this at her funeral, but have always wished I could have done a better job, having been so grieved by losing her and having lost my own mom only a couple months before.  Forever, though, this song is for Linda.  She was a fantastic human being and a marvelous friend.

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I love this movie performance by Aileen Quinn because she SINGS the song, simply and sweetly, but does not SCREAM it like it is so often:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yop62wQH498

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Sing along here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PzL8aL6jtI

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ANNIE (the musical) wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_(musical)

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ANNIE Original Broadway Cast Album
How I loved this vinyl record, playing it over and over and over again.

In 2008, my great friend Jill Leger asked me to join the cast of a musical revue of her songs called GOOGLING MY EX.  When she asked me to sing her song ANNIE IN MY ROOM, I was floored, since it was like she was a fly on the wall of my bedroom making a documentary of my childhood when she wrote the song.  She didn’t know it, but in writing a song about herself as a child loving the musical ANNIE, she was also writing a song about me.  The whole thing was a lot of fun and I’m so glad my friend Jill invited me to join the team.

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“Annie in My Room”

Words and music by Jill Leger, for her revue “Googling My Ex,” June 2008, Joshua Rich on piano
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBPIWVQ59_s

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TOMORROW
Words by Martin Charnin
Music by Charles Strouse
From the Musical ANNIE

The sun’ll come out tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow
There’ll be sun

Justin thinking about tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow
Till there’s none

When I’m stuck with a day
That’s gray and lonely
I just stick out my chin and grin and say

The sun’ll come out tomorrow
So you got to hang on till tomorrow
Come what may

Tomorow, tomorrow
I love ya tomorrow
You’re only a day away

The sun’ll come out tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow
There’ll be sun

Justin thinking about tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow
Till there’s none

When I’m stuck with a day
That’s gray and lonely
I just stick out my chin and grin and say

The sun’ll come out tomorrow
So you got to hang on till tomorrow
Come what may

Tomorow, tomorrow
I love ya tomorrow
You’re only a day away

Tomorow, tomorrow
I love ya tomorrow
You’re only a day away

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Random thoughts about what I chose to put into the book I made for singing TOMORROW to children in classes:

  • I decided to use mostly sunflowers instead of suns because sunflowers are cheerful and beautiful. The sunflowers represent the sun and also represent the sun’s power to inspire hope and cause things to grow.
  • Sunflowers seek and follow the sun as it moves across the sky.
  • Into every life, some rain must fall.  But the rain is essential to our growth as it is essential to the growth of the sunflowers.
  • I love that rain and sun, both essential to this song, work together to make rainbows.  A rainbow is represented typographically in the book.

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Related Posts

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THE SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS (AND OTHER WORKS) OF JILL LEGER

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COLLECTIVE NOUNS
Jill Leger’s song THE SPARROW and an exploration of books that celebrate the marvelous world of Collective Nouns
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/the-sparrow-a-singable-book-an-interview-and-a-karaoke-sing-along-by-jill-leger/

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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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ADVICE, GOOD ADVICE
Illustrated songs that dole out a healthy helping of sound counsel
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/illustrated-songs-that-give-good-advice/

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EMILY’S THEATER, MUSICALS AND VOCAL PERFORMANCES
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/emilys-performance-history/

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VIDEO
For videos featuring “Sing Books with Emily” and Emily’s cabaret performances, visit:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/video-series/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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Do Re Mi / Doe a Deer
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
From the Musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC
For classroom use only.

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Do Re Mi Poster for Sing Books
You can use this poster when singing Do Re Mi / Doe a Deer
do re me poster 4 sbwe

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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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Related Books

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

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About the Song

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Do Re Me wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do-Re-Mi

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On the NIH Environmental Services music website for kids:
http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/games/songs/movies/doremimp3.htm
This link has the words and a midi-player to sing along

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A video of the movie soundtrack recording, sung by Julie Andrews

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps52qEFiLbg

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A video of original Broadway soundtrack recording, sung by Mary Martin and Ensemble

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Gv4FMlnCR8

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The song from live TV production in 2014, sung by Carrie Underwood and Ensemble
http://www.nbc.com/sound-of-music/video/do-re-mi/n43927

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This video of the flash mob dance to Do Re Mi in the Antwerp train station gives me shivers of joy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQLCZOG202k

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Related Posts

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU

16 Rodgers and Hammerstein Songs Illustrated into a picture book by Rosemary Wells with links to posts about the songs
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/a-few-favorite-singable-books-part-59-rodgers-hammerstein/

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RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN

Singable Picture Books of Rodgers & Hammerstein Songs
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/a-few-favorite-singable-books-part-59-rodgers-hammerstein/

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Do Re Mi, a fun song to sing and learn a little about music, too
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/do-re-mi-a-fun-song-to-sing-and-learn-a-little-about-music-too/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/


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