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This is an addendum to the post:

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STOPPING BY WOODS, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/12/08/stopping-by-woods-on-a-snowy-evening-a-singable-book-song-history-sing-along-tracks-lyrics-and-heartfelt-musings/

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Addendum 7/27/2014

Writing this in July 2014, I’ve been taking guitar lessons for about a year now.  I’ve collected up a number of chords with which I am familiar and which feel like friends to me and I use many of them at will to arrange songs to accompany myself on guitar…familiar songs and some written together with my children.

My guitar teacher Josh pointed out that, thought the F chord, is common in the keys I frequently use for singing, I’ve successfully avoided using it in my guitar playing and maybe it’s about time I made it a friend with the others.

OK.  But the F chord is difficult.  Playing the the “real” way (as in playing it as a bar chord) is currently impossible, but the “cheat” version is hard enough, requiring me to use all 4 playing fingers on my left hand while remembering not to strum the top and bottom strings (both the note E, which do not belong in the chord).

So I decided to find a song that I really want to play and that would require me to use an F chord.  Looking through the book:

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modest coll trad songs of colonial period
A Modest Collection of Traditional Songs of the Colonial Period
Words and Music by Various Artists
Collected and Edited by M. Richard Tully

I found a simple arrangement of the song GREENSLEEVES, which a few years ago I discovered is the perfect tune for singing Robert Frost’s poem STOPPING BY WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING, which has since become one of my favorite songs to sing…a classic, gorgeous American poem to an ancient, gorgeous tune.

We have a winner.  Now I begin…

Here are the GREENSLEEVES guitar chords fitted to STOPPING BY WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING.

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Stopping by Woods w Guitar Chords SBWE
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Song Sheet with Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Poem by Robert Frost
Sing to the Tune of Greensleeves
Song Sheet Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
Stopping by Woods w Guitar Chords SBWE

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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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THE ROSE FAMILY (POEM BY ROBERT FROST), A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/the-rose-family-a-singable-poem-by-robert-frost-musical-setting-by-elliott-carter-and-a-singable-picture-book/

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STOPPING BY WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING (POEM BY ROBERT FROST), A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/12/08/stopping-by-woods-on-a-snowy-evening-a-singable-book-song-history-sing-along-tracks-lyrics-and-heartfelt-musings/

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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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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/the-sing-books-with-emily-singable-advent-calendar/

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CHRISTMAS

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

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

This is an addendum to the post:
SIMPLE GIFTS, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/10/simple-gifts-a-singable-picture-book/

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Addendum 7/26/2014

Simple Gifts is one of my favorite songs.

With the help of my guitar teacher, I figured out some simple chords for accompanying myself.

Here’s a song sheet, so you can sing along, too:

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Simple Gifts ELEG for SBWE
Simple Gifts Song Sheet with Guitar Chords for SBWE
Words and Music by Elder Joseph Brackett
Guitar Chords and Arrangement by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
Simple Gifts ELEG for SBWE

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Related Posts

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In the Bleak Midwinter, The February Blizzard of 2010, A Singable Poem, A Simple Gift

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/in-the-bleak-midwinter/

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In the Bleak Midwinter, A Singable Poem, A Simple Gift

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/26/in-the-bleak-midwinter-a-singable-poem-a-simple-gift/

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The Little Drummer Boy, A Singable Picture Book, A Simple Gift

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/24/the-little-drummer-boy-a-singable-picture-book-a-simple-gift/

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Simple Gifts at the White House:

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/23/simple-gifts-at-the-white-house/

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Simple Gifts, a Singable Picture Book:

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/10/simple-gifts-a-singable-picture-book/

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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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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/the-sing-books-with-emily-singable-advent-calendar/

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SIMPLE GIFTS, Continuing to Captivate and part of Wooster Group’s Staging of Shaker Spirituals
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/simple-gifts-continuing-to-captivate-and-part-of-wooster-groups-staging-of-shaker-spirituals/

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A Simple Gifts Song Sheet with Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/a-simple-gifts-song-sheet-with-guitar-chords-by-eleg-for-sbwe/

I was in my guitar lesson the other day and found myself spewing out all sorts of stream of consciousness and seeming non sequiturs…but this almost always happens.

It probably felt like a waste of the precious little time to my guitar teacher.  Ultimately it is embarrassing, since it is all so personal, but I can’t help it.  The songs and the making of music are all stories to me.  Every note, every word, every strum and chord MEANS something to me.  They all represent, remind, and inspire images, memories, and ideas…and I want to share those things, contribute to and interpret them, and make something new.

I know I should stick to the business at hand (the guitar playing), but I can’t help also feeling that the stories (images, memories and ideas) ARE the business at hand.  They are the fuel that drives everything.  If not for those, why bother to play the guitar, or sing, or act?  The playing of the right notes at the right time is the skill…but everything else (images, memories, ideas, and the need to share, contribute and interpret) is where the ART is.

I’m not saying I’m a good artist…but I’m saying that I try and that I WANT to be good.  And, in any case, I can’t really help myself…so I’ll just keep going (even if sometimes it is embarrassing)…

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Info and Thinking about Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/resources-for-inspiration-and-information/

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 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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i'm late sbwe book cover for blog
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 SPB for SBWE cover only
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 1 - smaller
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 song 2 - smaller
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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Related Posts

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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/

Friends, Sing Books with me
on Wednesday, July, 23, 2014 10:30am
at the Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library
in Woodbridge, VA

Songs might include:
There’s a Train Out for Dreamland, Rubber Duckie, Smokey the Bear, Rhode Island is Famous for You, You’re a Grand Old Flag…and many many more! Come Sing Along!

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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Related Posts

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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/

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/

I had a marvelous time at the Gainsville Neighborhood Library in Haymarket, VA.  The sweet library is situated in a beautiful regional park and I was glad to have gotten there early so I could sit outside and smell the flowers a little.

We started out with just a few kids, but by the end, we filled the Children’s Section with kids and their caregivers.  I met some very nice people who I sincerely hope to see again!

Here’s what we sang, listed in alpha order:

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We sang this song with the glockenspiel playing the parts of the Big Bell and the Little Bell

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 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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We sang this with my very own rubber duckie!
rubber duckie SPB for SBWE cover only
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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sing raposo lichtenheld 2
Sing…sing a song
Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

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smokey the bear song 1 - smaller
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 song 2 - smaller
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 book eleg sbwe cover only
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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We talked about how 2014 is the 200th Anniversary of The Star-Spangled Banner and how you can see this very flag in Downtown DC at the Smithsonian Museum of American History

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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We sang this with accompaniment from train whistle and glockenspiel

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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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 1776 verse text sbwe eleg

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, 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:
yankee doodle 1776 verse eleg sbwe

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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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I performed Sing Books on
Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 11am

SING BOOKS WITH EMILY at Gainesville Neighborhood Library
Gainesville Neighborhood Library
James S. Long Park
4603 James Madison Highway
Haymarket, VA 20169-2526
703-792-5660

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

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Two very sweet messages in my guest book:

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Victoria wrote:
Beautiful singing.  Lots of fun!

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Richard wrote:
Lots of fun!

Thank you!

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

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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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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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MUCH MORE INFO AND MANY MORE LISTS, HERE:
SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND INTERESTS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/song-book-lists-for-all-occasions/

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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 song 2 - smaller
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/


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