Sing Books with Emily, the Blog

This is an amusing pop-up book of limericks and since all limericks can be sung, you can sing these, too:

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Bennett Cerf’s Pop-Up Limericks
Words by Bennett Cerf (and various artists)
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Random House and Graphics International, Inc.

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Bennett Cerf’s Pop-Up Limericks, Online
Funny book of limericks online, here:
http://www.nonsenselit.org/pictures/bennett-cerfs-pop-up-limericks/

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All limericks can be sung to two tunes.

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One is the tune used here to sing
There Was an Old Man with a Beard
Sing this book of limerick poems using this limerick tune which works for every limerick:

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

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The second is the tune we frequently associate with
HICKORY DICKORY DOCK

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LIMERICKS
Singable Limericks in Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/limericks-in-singable-picture-books/

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

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LITTLE SONGS I MADE UP FOR FRIENDS (BY ELEG)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/little-songs-i-made-up-for-friends/

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POP-UP (SINGABLE) PICTURE BOOKS
Singable Pop Up Picture Books and Smithsonian Exhibit, “Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn”
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/singable-pop-up-picture-books-and-smithsonian-exhibit-paper-engineering-fold-pull-pop-turn/

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Wee Sing Nursery Rhymes and Lullabies
Traditional Words and Tunes
Compiled, Adapted and Arranged by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp
Illustrated by Nancy Spence Klein

As with all Wee Sing books, this wonderful collection includes pictures, lyrics, simple melody and guitar chords.

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This volume features

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WEE SING

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYMES – INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED
Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes with Individually Illustrated Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/mother-goose-and-nursery-rhymes-with-individually-illustrated-singable-picture-books/

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYME COMPILATIONS

A list containing compilations of Mother Goose and Nursery Rhyme Singable Picture Books, including links and resources for learning, singing, and playing the tunes
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/mother-goose-singable-picture-books-rhymes-and-songs-in-compilations/

A simple Google search reveals lots of information about the singable Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN TOSSED UP IN A BASKET.

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There Was an Old Woman Tossed Up in a Basket
Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by ELEG
Guitar Chords by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Illustration by Ursula Koering
From Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
Page Coordinated by ELEG
To view or print this page, click here:
tossed up in a basket eleg 4 sbwe

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There Was an Old Woman Tossed Up in a Basket
(Also called OLD WOMAN OLD WOMAN)
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustration by Blanche Fisher Wright
From THE REAL MOTHER GOOSE

I love this illustration, by Blanche Fisher Wright for THE REAL MOTHER GOOSE

I’ll collect a few things here to remember it and sing it myself.

Sometimes the old woman is tossed up in a basket and sometimes a blanket.

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There Was an Old Woman Tossed Up in a Basket
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustration by Nancy Spence Klein
From Wee Sing Nursery Rhymes and Lullabies

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There Was an Old Woman Tossed Up in a Basket
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustration by Ursula Koering
From Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)

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Lyrics as recorded in The Real Mother Goose

Like many rhymes, the words to this one vary a bit from place to place.

I like the way these, from The Real Mother Goose, fall together:

THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN TOSSED UP IN A BASKET
(Also called OLD WOMAN, OLD WOMAN)
Traditional Words and Tune

There was an old woman tossed up in a basket,
Seventeen times as high as the moon:
But where she was going, no mortal could tell,
For under her arm she carried a broom.

“Old woman, old woman, old woman,” said I
“Whither, oh whither, oh whither so high?”
“To sweep the cobwebs from the sky;
And I’ll be with you by-and-by.”

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Lyrics as recorded in Wee Sing Nursery Rhymes and Lullabies

THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN
Traditional Words and Tune

There was an old woman tossed up in a basket,
Seventeen times as high as the moon;
And where she was going I couldn’t but ask it,
For in her hand she carried a broom.

“Old woman, old woman, old woman,” said I
“Whither, oh whither, oh whither so high?”
“To sweep the cobwebs from the sky.”
“May I go with you?”
“Aye,  by and by.”

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MUSICAL SETTINGS

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I like Neva Eder’s recording of this little rhyme song:
http://www.amazon.com/There-Was-Woman-Tossed-Basket/dp/B001NGR1NY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409768590&sr=8-1&keywords=NEVA+EDER%2C+THERE+WAS+AN+OLD+WOMAN+TOSSED+UP+IN+A+BASKET

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This setting is easy to hear and easy to sing, too:
http://www.amazon.com/There-Was-Woman-Tossed-Basket/dp/B003AM53WU/ref=sr_1_12?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1409768710&sr=1-12&keywords=THERE+WAS+AN+OLD+WOMAN+TOSSED+UP+IN+A+BASKET

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Similar to them and easy to sing and hear is the Wee Sing version:
http://www.amazon.com/There-Was-an-Old-Woman/dp/B0052Q3G5S/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409768938&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=THERE+OLD+WOMAN+TOSSED+UP%2C+wee+sing

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Classical performance, here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CCZC4Q/ref=dm_ws_tlw_trk24?ie=UTF8&qid=1409696627&sr=1-16%3C%2Fa%3E

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SONG HISTORY

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Mama Lisa’s webpage for this rhyme includes lyrics and song history:
http://www.mamalisa.com/?t=hes&p=1537

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The Wee Sing Nursery Rhymes and Lullabies book indicates that the words are English, written in 1765 and that the music is Irish, written in the 1600s.

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Addendum 9/8/2014

Humming the song over and over in my head, I’ve slightly changed the lyrics to suit my own needs (that’s the FOLK WAY!),

THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN
Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by Emily Gleichenhaus for SBWE

There was an old woman tossed up in a basket
Seventeen times as high as the moon
And what she was doing, I just had to ask it
For in her hand, she carried a broom

“Old woman, old woman, old woman,” said I
“Whither O whither O whither so high?”
“To sweet the cobwebs out of the sky
And you can come with me
Aye, by and by.”

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Emily’s thoughts about what is going on:

The movie in my head goes like this, I’m walking along in the night when a shadow crosses the bright full moon and causes me to look up.  A friendly looking witch is up high in the air and she is waving around a broom.  I ask her, “What are you doing up there so high in the air?”  She responds, “I’m sweeping all these cobwebs (you might think they’re clouds) out of the sky so they won’t block the light of the moon.”  I tell her that what she is doing looks like fun and ask if I might have a go at it.”  She says, “You can come with me,

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Collections that feature this Singable Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme

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THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN TOSSED is featured in:

Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)

Published by Field Enterprises Educational Corporation
Edited by J. Morris Jones
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Various Artists

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THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN TOSSED is featured in:

Lavender’s Blue (A Book of Nursery Rhymes)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Compiled by Kathleen Lines
Illustrated by Harold Jones

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THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN TOSSED is featured in:
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The Cat and the Fiddle (A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Jackie Morris

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THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN TOSSED is featured in:

The Real Mother Goose

Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright
ISBN 978-0-7607-9425-8

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Illustration, words, melody and guitar chords for THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN TOSSED are featured in:

Wee Sing Nursery Rhymes and Lullabies
Traditional Words and Tunes
Compiled, Adapted and Arranged by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp
Illustrated by Nancy Spence Klein

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More online image finds

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A marvelous THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN TOSSED UP IN A BASKET, Mother Goose Paper Doll cut out from newspaper 1900:
http://mostlypaperdollstoo.blogspot.com/2013_10_01_archive.html

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Great line drawing of OLD WOMAN TOSSED UP IN A BASKET by W. W. Denslow
http://www.alephbet.com/pages/books/31919/original-art-there-was-an-old-woman-tossed-up-in-a-basket-from-mother

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYME COMPILATIONS

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HALLOWEEN

A list of spooky, fun, funny and evocative songs for our favorite October Holiday
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/10/30/halloween-singable-picture-books-ooooooooeeeeeeeee/

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There Was an Old Woman (Tossed Up in a Basket), an Illustrated Singable Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/there-was-an-old-woman-tossed-up-in-a-basket-a-singable-mother-goose-nursery-rhyme/

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

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Old Woman Tossed Up in a Basket, Great for Halloween and Slightly Tweaked by ELEG for SBWE
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/old-woman-tossed-up-in-a-basket-great-for-halloween-and-slightly-tweaked-by-eleg-for-sbwe/

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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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MOON
The moon in Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/the-moon-in-singable-picture-books/

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The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems

Compiled and Illustrated by Jackie Morris
Published by Barefoot Books 

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The Cat and the Fiddle (A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Jackie Morris

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Grandmother’s Song
Story by Barbara Soros
Illustrated by Jackie Morris

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ONLINE SITES FOR AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR JACKIE MORRIS

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Jackie Morris’ webpage for this book
This link includes studies, inspirations and thoughts about illustrating the rhymes:
http://www.jackiemorris.co.uk/blog/book-list/the-cat-and-the-fiddle/

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Website/Blog of author/illustrator Jackie Morris
http://www.jackiemorris.co.uk/blog/

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Blog of author/illustrator Jackie Morris
http://www.drawingalineintime.blogspot.com/

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BAREFOOT BOOKS

A Collection of Singable Picture Books and Singable Picture Book Videos put out by Barefoot Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/singable-picture-books-and-singable-picture-book-videos-from-barefoot-books/

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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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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/

This is an uncommonly beautiful book of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes.

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The Cat and the Fiddle (A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Jackie Morris

My only complaint about this gorgeous book is that often the full rhyme is not included.  The pictures, though, are wonderful, filled it captivating details, interesting choices, and rich colors.

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Illustrated Singable Rhymes in this Collection Include (in alpha order),

  • All the Pretty Little Horses
  • Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • Baby’s Bed’s a Silver Moon
  • Bed is Too Small, The
  • Cock a Doodle Doo
  • Cuckoo, The
  • Cupboard Cat
  • Daffy Down dilly
  • First of May, The
  • For and Twenty Tailors
  • Grey Goose
  • Hark Hark the Dogs Do Bark
  • Hart and the Hare, The
  • Hey Diddle Diddle
  • Hickory Dickory Dock
  • How Many Miles to Babylon
  • I Had a Little Nut Tree
  • I Love Little Pussy
  • I Saw a Ship a-Sailing
  • Jack Be Nimble
  • Jumping Joan
  • Ladybird Lady Bird
  • Lavender’s Blue
  • Lilies are Whatie
  • Lion and the Unicorn, The
  • Little Bo Peep
  • Little Thomas Tittlemouse
  • My Black Hen
  • Pop!  Goes the Wesel
  • Pudding String
  • Pussy cat
  • Ride a Cock-horse
  • Sing a Song of Sixpence
  • Spring
  • Swarm of Bees in May, A
  • THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN TOSSED UP IN A BASKET
  • To Market To Market
  • To the Bat
  • Tom He Was a Piper’s Son
  • Twinkle Little Star

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Info Online

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Author/Illustrator Jackie Morris’ webpage for this book
This link includes studies, inspirations and thoughts about illustrating the rhymes:
http://www.jackiemorris.co.uk/blog/book-list/the-cat-and-the-fiddle/

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYME COMPILATIONS

A list containing compilations of Mother Goose and Nursery Rhyme Singable Picture Books, including links and resources for learning, singing, and playing the tunes
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JACKIE MORRIS
Singable and Music Inspired Picture Books of Author/Illustrator Jackie Morris
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/singable-and-music-inspired-picture-books-of-authorillustrator-jackie-morris/

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

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

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

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

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

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“THERE WAS AN OLD LADY”  (AND VARIATIONS) IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/i-know-an-and-there-was-an-awful-lots-of-things-to-sing-about/

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OCEANS AND SEAS
A list of Singable Picture Books that celebrate the Oceans and Seas
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/songs-of-the-oceans-and-seas/

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EARTH’S BEAUTY AND BOUNTY, STEWARDSHIP AND BEING GREEN

Celebrate Earth’s beauty and bounty, being green, and environmental stewardship with this lovely list of Singable Picture Books:
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I KNOW AN OLD WOMAN/THERE WAS AN OLD LADY  (AND VARIATIONS) IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/i-know-an-and-there-was-an-awful-lots-of-things-to-sing-about/

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

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

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

Pete Seeger says,

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

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

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TURN TURN TURN, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
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Pete Seeger talks to Smithsonian Folkways and discusses how he came to write Turn Turn Turn

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

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BACK TO SCHOOL

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

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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

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EARTH’S BEAUTY AND BOUNTY, STEWARDSHIP AND BEING GREEN

Celebrate Earth’s beauty and bounty, being green, and environmental stewardship with this lovely list of Singable Picture Books:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/singable-picture-books-with-a-green-theme/

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