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C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me.

cookie by eleg

When Cookie Monster sings this song, he starts by saying, “Now, what starts with the letter C? Cookie starts with C. Let’s think of other things that start with C! Ah, who cares about those other things?”

Later in the song, Cookie Monster says, “Hey, you know what?  A round cookie with one bite out of it looks like a C. A round donut with one bite out of it also looks like a C. But it is not as good as a cookie. The moon sometimes looks like a C, but you can’t eat that! So…”

C is for cookie that’s good enough for me!

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C is for Cookie sing along book (for SBWE) cover only
C is for Cookie (Sing Along Booklet for SBWE)
Words and Music by Joe Raposo
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
Arranged for Ukulele

To celebrate, this, one of my favorite childhood characters and one of my favorite childhood songs, I’ve made a sing along sheet for ukulele!

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C is for Cookie (for SBWE) w uke chords
C is for Cookie (for SBWE) w uke chords
Words and Music by Joe Raposo
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
Arranged for Ukulele
To view or print this page, click here:
C is for Cookie (for SBWE) w uke chords

Note on the Key:
This is not the key that Cookie Monster uses to sing this song. I’m not sure why the song wasn’t written in the key of C, since that seems like the most obvious one.  But C must not have been a good key for Cookie Monster.  Nonetheless, C is a good key for Sing Books with Emily, and, very luckily, it’s an excellently easy key to use for playing the ukulele.

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C is for Cookie (for SBWE) no chords
C is for Cookie (for SBWE) no chords
Words and Music by Joe Raposo
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
C is for Cookie (for SBWE) no chords

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Note for playing with the songs

Because Cookie Monster is so emotive when he sings this song, and since it is so short, I thought it would be fun to play with singing it different ways.

Here are some ideas:

EMOTIONS:
Make cards with emotions names on them. For example: Happy, sad, excited, skeptical. Have child volunteers close their eyes and choose a page. Then, sing the song with that emotion.

PUNCTUATION MARKS
Make cards with punctuation marks on them. For example: period, question mark, exclamation point, parentheses. Have child volunteers close their eyes and choose a page. Then, sing the song as if each sentence ends with the punctuation mark the child picked.

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Cookie Monster sings C IS FOR COOKIE on Sesame Street
(please note Cookie Monster does not sing his song in the same key that I used above).

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About Cookie Monster on Muppet Wiki:
http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Cookie_Monster

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C IS FOR COOKIE is featured in:

The Sesame Street Songbook (64 Favorite Songs Featuring Jim Henson’s Sesame Street Puppets)
Words, Music and Arrangements by Various Artists (including Jeffrey Moss and Joe Raposo)
Illustrations by David Prebenna

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SESAME STREET
Sesame Street in Singable Picture Books
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LITTLE SONGS: SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SONGBOOK SERIES (SBWE SBS)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/sing-books-with-emily-songbook-series-little-songs/

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SONGBOOK SERIES (SBWE SBS): LITTLE SONGS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/sing-books-with-emily-songbook-series-little-songs/

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SONGBOOK SERIES BY SING BOOKS WITH EMILY
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https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sbwe-song-book-series/

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https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/the-sing-books-with-emily-repertoire-of-illustrated-song/

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Yes, I’m very, very much looking forward to the publication of the soon to be officially illustrated song, MOON RIVER. It’s sure to be a wonderful thing with pictures by Tim Hopgood. The book will come out in October 2018.  The wait will be excruciating, but until then, I’ll have to busy myself learning to sing it and accompany myself on ukulele (see below for my easy ukulele chord arrangement).

With words written by Johnny Mercer and Music by Henry Mancini for the 1961 classic movie BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, MOON RIVER is a charmer extraordinaire.  It’s been famously recorded by Andy Williams, but sure is hard to beat the sweet parlor guitar accompanied serenade of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golighly, longing away on her fire escape in the movie.

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In anticipation of this exciting publication, I assembled an easy ukulele chord arrangement for singing this song:

Moon River (for SBWE) w chords 2
Moon River (for SBWE)
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Henry Mancini
From the movies BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S
Song Sheet and Chords Coordinated for Ukulele by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
Moon River (for SBWE) w uke chords 2

Sing with Emily’s scratch vocal of her arrangement for Moon River:

 

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Tim Hopgood’s Instagram preview of the cover:

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Moon River wiki:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_River

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Song origin info written about in Country Living Magazine:
http://www.countryliving.com/life/entertainment/a43720/moon-river-song-meaning/

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The story behind the song as written in The Telegraph:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/3561782/The-story-behind-the-song-Moon-River.html

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Emily’s Pinterest Board Collection for MOON RIVER:
https://www.pinterest.com/singbooksemily/song-moon-river/

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TIM HOPGOOD
The Illustrated Songs of Tim Hopgood
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/the-illustrated-songs-of-tim-hopgood/

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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
https://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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two little blackbirds (for book) w chords in D
Two Little Blackbirds (Cantata w chords in D)
Traditional Words and Tune
New Words by Megan Borgert-Spaniol
Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Illustrated by Dan Crips
From Book Published by Cantata Learning
To view or print this page, click here:
two little blackbirds (for book) w chords in D

Sing the traditional rhyme with Emily (in the key of D) here:

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two little blackbirds cantata crisp
Two Little Blackbirds
Traditional Words and Tune
New Words by Megan Borgert-Spaniol
Illustrated by Dan Crisp
Published by Cantata Learning

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SONG SHEETS FOR SINGING OLD ORIGINAL MOTHER GOOSE NURSERY RHYME WITH GUITAR CHORDS

There is TONS of room for fun and creativity with this one.  For one thing, you can just sing “birds” or any kind of bird that you want.  And not everything has to fly.  And you can let kids play with making up rhymes. For example, you could sing:

Two little spiders sitting on a ball
One named Judy, the other named Paul
Crawl away Judy! Crawl away, Paul!
Come back, Judy! Crawl back, Paul!

Or just use objects you have around the room.  Or kids could play the parts.  I’m planning to get wonderful animal finger puppets.

Make it a game!  It’ll be great fun to take suggestions from the kids and rhyme together.

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two little blackbirds SBWE short w chords in D
Two Little Blackbirds (SBWE w chords in D)
Traditional Words and Tune
Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
two little blackbirds SBWE short w chords in D

Sing the traditional rhyme with Emily (in the key of D) here:

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two little blackbirds SBWE no chords
Two Little Blackbirds (no chords SBWE)
Traditional Words and Tune
Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
two little blackbirds SBWE no chords

Sing the traditional rhyme with Emily (in the key of D) here:

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CANTATA LEARNING’S ARRANGEMENT IN THE KEY OF C

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two little blackbirds (for book) w chords in C
Two Little Blackbirds (Cantata w chords in C)
Traditional Words and Tune
New Words by Megan Borgert-Spaniol
Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Illustrated by Dan Crips
From Book Published by Cantata Learning
To view or print this page, click here:
two little blackbirds (for book) w chords in C

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MOTHER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES: SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SONGBOOK SERIES (SBWE SBS)
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MOTHER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES FOR SBWE
A compilation of Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme titles linked to posts about the rhymes so you can learn more and sing along
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/nursery-rhymes-and-mother-goose-for-sbwe/

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYMES – INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED
Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes with Individually Illustrated Singable Picture Books
https://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
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/mother-goose-singable-picture-books-rhymes-and-songs-in-compilations/

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MOVEMENTS, FINGER PLAYS AND DANCES (ACTION SONGS)
Get Movin’!  MOVEMENTS, FINGER PLAYS AND DANCES in Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/get-movin-movements-finger-plays-and-dances-in-singable-picture-books/

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A Flock of New Materials for Singing the OLD Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme, TWO LITTLE BLACKBIRDS

This post is an addendum to the post
DO RE MI, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://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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Do Re Mi (Miriam Bos)
Do Re Mi / Doe a Deer
Words and Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrated by Miriam Bos
Published by  QuartoKnows

At the same time as I stumbled upon an adorable illustrated rendition of MY FAVORITE THINGS, I also found that QuartoKnows.com had published a beautiful version of the song DO RE ME.  Both of these illustrated songs are part of a series, promisingly called “Broadway Baby.”  I hope QuartoKnows publishes a lot more titles for that series!

The illustrations by Miriam Bos are rendered in gorgeous colors, all done in a retro, Tyrolean feel as they dash around, play, and sing in an alpine setting. The book is charming beyond belief and it is will be great fun to use it for sharing this marvelously sing-alongable ditty from the Great American Songbook.

I especially love that the children are purposefully multiculural.  There are children from many cultural backgrounds in the classrooms I visit and this has made me keenly aware of the images of children depicted in the books I sing.  It’s been difficult to find illustrations in which the children depicted were anything but white.  But with QuartoKnows publications of MY FAVORITE THINGS and DO RE ME, every kid I sing with will be able to find a character in the books with whom they can identify.

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Illustrator Miriam Bos’ webpage for this book:
https://miriambos.com/do-re-mi-broadway-baby/

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU
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RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN
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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
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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
https://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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Do Re Me Rainbow Bells Code Sheets by ELEG for SBWE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/06/13/do-re-me-rainbow-bells/

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2017 Illustration for DO RE ME
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/2017-illustration-for-do-re-mi-from-the-sound-of-music/

This post is an addendum to the post
MY FAVORITE THINGS, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/my-favorite-things-a-singable-picture-book/

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I stumbled upon an adorable illustrated rendition of MY FAVORITE THINGS, published in 2017 by QuartoKnows.com.  MY FAVORITE THINGS (and another title DO RE ME) is part of a series, promisingly called “Broadway Baby.”  I hope QuartoKnows publishes a lot more titles for that series!

The illustrations are graphical, retro looking, and boldly colorful.  I really appreciate that the characters are multi-cultural.  It’s exciting to find new illustrated songs, but often I find myself cringing that the characters are all white.  No worries with this one.  Every kid will find a character in the book to identify with.

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My Favorite Things
Words and Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrated by Daniel Roode
Published by  QuartoKnows

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

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CHRISTMAS

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

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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
https://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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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

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

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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!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/singable-picture-books-for-winter/

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

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2017 Illustration for MY FAVORITE THINGS

This post is an addendum to the post
Ah vous dirai-je Maman, an Illustrated Song Sheet by ELEG for SBWE for the Cute French Nursery Song from which Came the Tune for Twinkle Little Star
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/ah-vous-dirais-je-maman-an-illustrated-song-sheet-by-eleg-for-sbwe-for-the-cute-french-nursery-song-from-which-came-the-tune-for-twinkle-little-star/

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This morning, while performing morning duties and listening to WETA, my local NPR classical music station, the announcer came on to introduce the 3rd movement of Theador von Schacht’s clarinet concerto in B-Flat Major, which plays with variations on the tune written for the old French nursery rhyme “AH, VOUS DIRAI-JE MAMAN.

The third movement beings at around 16 minutes and 27 seconds.  Listen for the familiar tune, and enjoy the masterful clarinetist!

What I love about the tune and rhyme is that they are the basis for a whole bunch of nursery songs we know and love, including TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR.

I so, enjoy sharing the whole set of songs that use this tune with children because you can draw on an incredible menu of culture, music, and literature to engage the kids.  Enjoying this set really drives the point that something seemingly simply can often hide clues to things deeply profound.

I call the set, MANY SONGS, ONE TWINKLY TUNE.

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ONE TWINKLY TUNE, MANY SONGS COLLECTION FOR SING BOOKS WITH EMILY BINDER COVER
To view or print this page, click here:
one twinkly tune many songs cover & edge

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one twinkly tune many songs brief history
ONE TWINKLY TUNE, MANY SONGS COLLECTION FOR SING BOOKS WITH EMILY BRIEF HISTORY
To view or print this page, click here:
one twinkly tune many songs brief history

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https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/09/22/sing-books-with-emily-songbook-series-for-the-very-young-many-songs-one-twinkly-tune/

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USEFUL TUNES IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
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SONG/BOOK SETS

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songbook-sets/

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TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/twinkle-little-star-the-song-the-list/

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TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE BAT

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/twinkle-twinkle-little-bat-a-singable-poem-with-pictures-and-a-play-on-a-classic/

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/26/alices-adventures-in-wonderland-and-through-the-looking-glass-singable/

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY VIDEO SERIES

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/video-series/

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SINGABLE PLACEMATS

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

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ANIMAL ALPHABET, AN ILLUSTRATED MUSIC VIDEO BY KEY WILDE & MR. CLARK
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/07/illustratedvideoswildeclark/

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GISELLE POTTER
The Singable Picture Books of Giselle Potter
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/giselle-potter-spbs/

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Using TWINKLE LITTLE STAR to Earn Girl Scout Performer Badge
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/using-twinkle-little-star-to-earn-girl-scout-performer-badge/

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GIRL SCOUT SONGBOOK WITH MRS. G AND FRIENDS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/girl-scout-songbook-w-mrs-g-friends/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily
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“Ah vous dirai-je, Maman” in a clarinet concerto (into my heart, and jumps off the Sing Books page)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/ah-vous-dirai-je-maman-in-a-clarinet-concerto-into-my-heart-and-jumps-off-the-sing-books-page/

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more-we-get-together cantata
The More We Get Together (Cantata Learning)
Retold by Steven Anderson
Illustrated by Stephanie Laberis
Published by Cantata Learning

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Video of vocal music that comes on CD with the book (or available via download) by Cantata Learning

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Instrumental video of the same song, so you can sing solo!

 

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Cantata Learning web page for THE MORE WE GET TOGETHER
https://cantatalearning.com/products/the-more-we-get-together/

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Cantata Learning provides beautifully produced musical tracks (both vocal and instrumental) to accompany their books.  These are perfect for a kid enjoying the book solo or sitting on a parent’s lap.

These accompaniments don’t always work very well for my purposes in sharing these songs with a classes of kids sitting before me on the carpet.  In these situations, I have to absolutely keep things moving.  And, though beautifully produced, with terrific vocals and arrangements, often, the length of these arrangements (with lots of instrumental breaks, for example, between verses), the instrumentals are too long to hold the attention of 50 plus kids.  And, besides keeping things moving, experience has taught me when to keep things simple, too.  To this end, I assembled the words with some simple guitar chords.  I can play the whole song through and kids can sing along. This is a terrific little song to remind kids about working together and being kind to one another, and this simple song sheet with guitar chords allows us to enjoy that theme, sing along, keep things moving, and keep it all nice and simple.

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More We Get Together (Cantata) w chords
The More We Get Together (Cantata Learning w Chords)
Traditional Words and Tune
Page and Chords Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
Intended to accompany illustration published by Cantata Learning
To view or print this page, click here:
More We Get Together (Cantata) w chords

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CANTATA LEARNING ILLUSTRATED SONGS
This collection is compiled on a board in the Sing Books with Emily Pinterest account
https://www.pinterest.com/singbooksemily/cantata-learning-illustrated-songs/

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THE MORE WE GET TOGETHER, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/05/23/the-more-we-get-together-an-illustrated-song/

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The More We Get Together, Published by Cantata Learning, and a Song Sheet with Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2018/01/07/the-more-we-get-together-published-by-cantata-learning-and-a-song-sheet-with-guitar-chords-by-eleg-for-sbwe/

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KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS
In honor of Tuckahoe Elementary 2017/2018 School Year Theme, “Kindness is Contagious,” I assembled these songs from my repertoire, celebrating this important idea
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/09/24/kindness-is-courageous-in-illustrated-song/

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FRIENDSHIP
A collection of songs celebrating friendship (and the things that make it possible)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/05/08/friendship-in-illustrated-song/

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What’s It All About?
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2018/01/01/whats-it-all-about/

 

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