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The Lobster Quadrille (and Other Poems for Children), a Singable Picture Book and CD

Posted on: March 12, 2010

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The Lobster Quadrille (and Other Poems for Children)
Edited by Lucy Simon
Illustrated by Susan Bennett

This book, a compilation of eleven of the very best children’s poems, compliments Lucy and Carly Simon’s Album:

http://www.amazon.com/Sing-Songs-Children-Carly-Simon/dp/B001I1SFRA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1268410711&sr=1-1\

I love this collection, made by the Simon Sisters when they were both very young ladies playing these songs in New York City coffee houses.  The songs have an intimate feeling specific to that time and place, with the sisters’ voice complimenting each other, Lucy with her lovely soprano and Carly with her rich alto.

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Poems illustrated and set to music in the book, and on the CD, include:

  • Wynken, Blynken and Nod (Eugene Field)
  • Calico Pie (Edward Lear)
  • The Lamplighter (Robert Louis Stevenson)
  • The Owl and the Pussycat (Edward Lear)
  • Sleep, Baby, Sleep (Traditional Lullaby)
  • The Lamb (William Blake)
  • The Lobster Quadrille (Lewis Carroll)
  • Who Has Seen the Wind (Christina Rossetti)
  • I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
  • A Red, Red Rose (Robert Burns)
  • A Pavane for the Nursery (William Jay Smith)

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Carly Simon’s Webpage for this work:
http://www.carlysimon.com/music/Sing_Songs_For_Children.html

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A great bit of information on how this album came to be, here:
http://www.allmusic.com/album/sing-the-lobster-quadrille-and-other-songs-for-children-mw0000958258

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A wiki written about the album:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Simon_Sisters_Sing_the_Lobster_Quadrille_and_Other_Songs_for_Children

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Related Articles

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THE SPIDER AND THE FLY, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/the-spider-and-the-fly-a-singable-picture-book/

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CARLY SIMON
The Singable Picture Books of Carly Simon
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/the-singable-picture-books-of-carly-simon/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
https://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
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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

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CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES

Most Robert Louis Stevenson’s book of poetry for children have been set to music
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/a-childs-garden-of-verses-singable-poems-by-robert-louis-stevenson/

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EDWARD LEAR

A list of books with musical settings of, and illustrating Singable Picture Book versions of, Edward Lear’s poems:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/singable-picture-book-spotlight-1302011-edward-lear-and-william-mathias-learsongs/

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AULD LANG SYNE, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK (Poem by Robert Burns)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/auld-lang-syne-favorite-new-years-eve-song-exhibit-at-morgan-library-in-nyc/

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