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Thanks to Ms. Anctil for taking pictures of some of our fun today at Carlin Springs Elementary School! These are scenes from ONE WIDE RIVER (the 1966 illustration with marvelous woodcuts by Ed Emberley) and PORT SIDE PIRATES (one of my favorite new illustrated songs to sing, published by Barefoot Books). We sang ONE WIDE RIVER to celebrate the kids’ visit to the zoo (what fun!). When we sang PORT SIDE PIRATES we learned that the bow is the front pointy end of the boat and when you look to the bow, the port side is the left side of the boat and the starboard side is the right side. The kids sang along with the choruses of the songs and we had a grand time!

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I accidentally stumbled on Burl Ives’ musical setting of Vachel Linday’s poem, THE MOON’S THE NORTH WIND’S COOKY.

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The Moon’s the North Wind’s Cooky
Poem by Vachel Lindsay
Tune Adapted and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Illustrated by Various Artists

Sing with Emily’s scratch vocal, here:

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The Moon’s the North Wind’s Cooky, an Illustrated, Singable Poem

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/the-moons-the-north-winds-cooky-an-illustrated-singable-poem-by-vachel-lindsay/

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THE MOON’S THE NORTH WIND’S COOKY (WHAT THE LITTLE GIRL SAID)
Vachel Lindsay
Tune Adapted and Chords by ELEG for SBWE

C                    Am                   C
The Moon’s the North Wind’s cooky
C            Am        C
He bites it, day by day
G                               C           Am
Until there’s but a rim of scraps
C                        G7    C
That crumble all away

 

C                    Am  C
The South Wind is a baker
C                    Am               C
He kneads clouds in his den
G                                C                   Am
And bakes a crisp new moon that…greedy
C                        G7         C
North…Wind…eats…again

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The first song on Disney’s FOLK LULLABIES is Burl Ives’ setting of THE MOON’S THE NORTH WIND’S COOKY.

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This is a beautiful video illustration of the first half of the little poem.  I wish there was a book for the whole poem that looked like this!

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
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The crow doesn’t have an elegant call
It’s not very charming
And a little alarming
As if someone’s coming to steal your ball

But she’s clever as any that you’ll come across
She’s crafty and funny
She could take your money
While you look for that ball that you lost

(3/28/2017)

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March 28
Weed Appreciation Day

March 28
Something on a Stick Day

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Celebrating Something on a Stick Day with Lollipop Songs, none of which have illustrations. And limberjacks, dancing doll rhythm instruments ON A STICK.

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SONGS ABOUT LOLLIPOPS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/songs-about-lollipops/

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LIMBERJACK SONGS FOR SBWE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/10/09/limberjack-songs-for-sing-books-with-emily/

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY REPERTOIRE OF ILLUSTRATED SONG
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To celebrate March 28 is SOMETHING ON A STICK DAY, all I could think of is Lollipops.  I thought there must be lots of illustrated songs about lollipops.  After all, they are beautiful objects and something every kid loves.

Not much.  Seems like this is an untapped genre.

I did find this book which includes a record and ordered a reasonably priced used copy.  But I don’t know if there is actually in it a song about lollipops, maybe it’s just the title of the book:

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Lollipop Songs
Book by Rene G. Varlay
Poems and Song by Various Artists including Rene G. Varlay
Illustrated by Jeanne Owens
Sung by Frank Luther

There is also this one.  But I it is a paperback priced at over $100.  A bit too much considering the a capella vocal one can find for it online is less than professional sounding.

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The Lollipops Song
Words and Music by Nita Buie
Illustrated by Tate Publishing
ISBN 978-1-60799-042-0
This book comes with a code that you can use to download the author singing her song.

No good illustrated songs in their own books, but there are a few wonderful songs.

Lollipop
Sung by The Chordettes

Lollipop Tree
Sung by Burl Ives

Good Ship Lollipop
Performed by Shirley Temple

Sunshine Lollipops and Rainbows
Performed by Lesley Gore

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There songs are BEGGING to become Singable Picture Books
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March 27
World Theater Day
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Theatre_Day

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March 27
National “Joe” Day:

http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/national-joe-day-march-27/

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Celebrating WORLD THEATER DAY

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I can offer American theater and movie songs from THE 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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ILLUSTRATED SONGS FROM OR ABOUT COUNTRIES ALL AROUND THE WORLD

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Celebrating National “Joe” Day with the song, JOSEPH HAD A LITTLE OVERCOAT

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Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Simms Taback
This book features printed music.
(This Singable Picture Book was also made into an animated short video for the Scholastic Video DVD Collection, “Strega Nona…and more Caldecott Award-winning folk tales” where you can also hear the song, which I’ve been unable to locate anyplace else.)

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY REPERTOIRE OF ILLUSTRATED SONG
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This is a list of kid’s top favorite, most requested songs.  I will admit that some of my personal favorites are not on this list (WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN’D ASTRONOMER, for example), but these are the illustrated songs that, through many thousands of performances with kids, I’ve learned they like the best.

The absolute number one requested song is TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS.  That one’s just got some kind of extra special magic.

(To find the CROWD PLEASER HONORABLE MENTIONS list, just ctrl + F to find, or scroll down)

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backwards birthday party
The Backwards Birthday Party
Music and Lyrics by Tom Chapin and John Forster
Illustrated by Chuck Groeninck

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big bell little bell
The Big Bell and the Little Bell

Words and Music by Martin Kalmanoff
Illustrated by Alastair Graham

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fairy went a marketing
A Fairy Went A-Marketing
Poem by Rose Fyleman
Illustrated by Jamichael Henterly
Musical Setting can be found by Ginger Sands on her collection “The Gift of Make Believe

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Fifty Nifty States
Words and Music by Ray Charles
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

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Froggie Went a-Courtin’ for Limberjack and Sing Books with Emily
Traditional Words and Tune
Adaptations by ELEG for Sing Books with Emily
Illustration by Mary Blair from My First Sing-A-Song Book, 1966

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Frosty the Snowman
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Performed by Kenny Loggins
Illustrated by Wade Zahares

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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 in Love with a Big Blue Frog
Words and Music by Leslie Braunstein
Performed by Peter Paul & Mary
Illustrated by Joshua S. Brunet
ISBN 978-1-936140-37-4

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I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
Words and Music by John Rox
Illustrations by Bruce Whatley

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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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Puff the Magic Dragon
Words and Music by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Original Story by Robert L. May
Written for Montgomery Ward Department Store in 1939
Illustrated by Denver Gillen
Set to Music by Johnny Marks (1948)

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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

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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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CROWD PLEASER HONORABLE MENTIONS

These songs may not get the most requests, but kids still cheer whenever I pull them out of the bag.  Kids love the following songs, they just don’t ask for these songs quite as much as the ones above.

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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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amoeba hop
Amoeba Hop
Words and Music by Christine Lavin
Illustrated by Betsy Franco Feeney

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beethoven's wig (read along symphony)
Beethoven’s Wig
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Words by Richard Perlmutter
Illustrated by Maria Rosetti

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The Big Rock Candy Mountain

Traditional Words and Tune
Arrangement by Kathy Boyd and Mark Gensman
Illustrated by John Kanzler

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blowin in the wind
Blowin’ in the Wind
Words and Music by Bob Dylan
Illustrated by Jon Muth

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circle game mitchell deines
The Circle Game
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Brian Deines

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Coat of Many Colors
Words and Music by Dolly Parton
Illustrated by Brooke Boynton-Hughes

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Dinosaur Pet
Inspired by the Music and Lyrics of the Song “Calendar Girl” by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield
Children’s Lyrics by Marc Sedaka
Illustrated by Tim Bowers

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Don’t Laugh at Me
Words and Music by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin
Afterword by Peter Yarrow
Illustrated by Glin Dibley
This book features printed music and a sing-along CD.

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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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Dry Bones (Classic Books with Holes)

Classic Books with Holes Series
Traditional Spiritual Words and Tune
Illustrated by Kate Edmunds

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five little gefiltes
Five Little Gefiltes
Traditional Tune (Sing to the tune of “Five Little Ducks“)
Words Adapted by Dave Horowitz
Illustrated by Dave Horowitz

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Forever Young
Words and Music by Bob Dylan
Illustrated by Paul Rogers

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Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night (An Old Song), 2014 Reissue
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier

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This one is mostly owing to the wonderful instrumental sing-along I have for it.  The music makes this song incredibly fun and kids love it.

Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Susan L. Roth

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I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

Traditional Words and Tune
Edited by Ann Owen
Illustrated by Sandra D’Antonio

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JINGLE BELLS (for SBWE and Limberjack)
Song by James Pierpont
Arranged by ELEG for SBWE and Limberjack Horse
To view or print this sheet, click here:
Jingle Bells 4 SBWE limberjack

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Knick Knack Paddy Whack

Traditional Words and Tune
Arrangements by Mark Collins
Illustrations by Christiane Engel

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Kookaburra (Cantata Learning)
Traditional Words and Tune
Retold by Steven Anderson
Illustrated by Dan Taylor

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The Marvelous Toy
Words and Music by Tom Paxton
Illustrated by Steve Cox

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Me and My Animal Friends
Words and Music by Ralph Covert
Illustrated by Laurie Keller

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Monster Mash
Words and Music by Bobby Pickett and Leonard Capizzi
Illustrated by David Catrow
ISBN 978-0545214797

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My Favorite Things

Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrated by James Warhola

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Octopus’s Garden
Words and Music by Ringo Starr
Illustrated by Ben Cort

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One Wide River to Cross (also One More River)
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Barbara Emberley
Illustrated by Ed Emberley

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Over the Rainbow
Words and Music by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret
Published by Imagine Publishing Inc.
ISBN 978-1-936140-00-8 (2010 hard cover edition), ISBN-13: 978-1623540449 (2014 boardbook edition)

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Over the River and Through the Wood
Traditional Tune
Poem by Lydia Maria Child
Illustrated by Matt Tavares
Post for this special illustration:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/a-new-ride-over-the-river/

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Port Side Pirates
Words and Music by Oscar Seaworthy
Illustrated by Debbie Harter
Published by Barefoot Books

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Preamble Song

Preamble Text by Gouverneur Morris
Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
From SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK 

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Red, Red Robin
Words and Music by Harry Woods
Illustrated by Lori Lee Stultz

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Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Word and Music by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie
Illustrated by Steven Kellogg

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Sing…sing a song
Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

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Snuggle Puppy

Words by Sandra Boynton
Music by Sandra Boynton and Michael Ford
Illustrated by Sandra Boynton

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Space Song Rocket Ride
Words and Music by Sunny Scribens (using elements of the song AND THE GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND)
Illustrated by David Sim
CD Performance by Mark Collins
Published by Barefoot Books 

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2014 edition with new cover art
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Star Spangled Banner, 2014 Reissue
Words by Francis Scott Key
Music by J. Stafford Smith
Illustrated by Peter Spier

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The Swing
Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Julie Morstad
Originally Published in A Child’s Garden of Verses
ISBN 978-1897476482
Sing “The Swing” with Emily:
https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-swing-rls-eleg-sbwe

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The Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Words and Music by Jimmy Kennedy
Illustrated by Michael Hague
ISBN 978-0-8050-5349-4

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This Land is Your Land

Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
With a Tribute by Pete Seeger
Illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen
This book, rich in detail, features printed music and a tribute to Woody Guthrie written by Pete Seeger.

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This Little Light of Mine (Raffi Songs to Read)

Traditional Tune
Additional Words by Raffi
Illustrated by Stacey Schuett

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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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Twinkle Little Bat Song Sheet w Chords  by ELEG for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Lewis Carroll
Poster Card by ELEG for SBWE

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up up up
Up, Up, Up

Words and Music by Susan Reed
Illustrated by Rachel Oldfield
Published by Barefoot Books 

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Words and Music by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith
As Sung by Peggy Lee
Illustrated By Tim Hopgood

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We’re Sailing to Galapagos (A Week in the Pacific)

Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Words by Laurie Krebs
Illustrated by Grazia Restelli
Published by Barefoot Books 

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Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
Poem by Eugene Field
Music by Various Artists (Including Carly and Lucy Simon)
Illustrated by David McPhail

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

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

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MOST REQUESTED ILLUSTRATED SONGS
This is the list of songs from the Sing Books with Emily Repertoire of Illustrated Songs that children request the most
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/most-requested-illustrated-songs-and-an-even-longer-list-of-honorable-mentions/

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