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Frere Jacques, an Illustrated Song

Posted on: May 22, 2010

Are you sleeping, letter J?

Sing the words of the song for the letter J to the tune of “Frere Jacques!”


Read, Sing, Play ABC Sing-Along
Words Adapted by Teddy Slater
Illustrated by Liisa Chauncy Guida

James and Judy
(Lyrics by Teddy Slater, from book “ABC Sing-Along”)
James and Judy, James and Judy
jumped all day, jumped all night.
Jumping Double Dutch, they
jumped rope much too much; they
jumped all night,
jumped all day.

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Find a simple, usable sing-along track here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001DTDV5I/ref=dm_dp_trk14?ie=UTF8&qid=1274560091&sr=8-2

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I love this sing-along track using traditional instruments (played by Nashville Studio Instrumentals):
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/american-heritage-music-set/id259436767
(“Are You Sleeping Brother John” is Track 12 of Disk 2)

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SONG ORIGINS

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In “Frere Jacques” we have another example of the use of an ancient tune. Read an interesting article about the origins of “Frere Jacques” here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fr%C3%A8re_Jacques

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Origins of Frere Jacques, in French:
http://www.la-croix.com/Culture/Musique/Jean-Philippe-Rameau-est-l-auteur-de-Frere-Jacques-2014-10-06-1216933

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FRERE JACQUES song is featured in:

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GOLDEN SONGBOOK 74 (MARY BLAIR)

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Children’s Treasury of Lullabies
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Linda Bleck
(This book has no page numbers, but you can find “Frere Jacques,” in both French and English, about one-third the way through the book)

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LGB nursery songs 1942-92 altson cover
LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK NURSERY SONGS (50th Anniversary Edition, Louise Altson Cover)
Music and Lyrics by Various Artists
Music Arranged by Leah Gale
Illustrated by Corinne Malvern

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FRERE JACQUES Adaptation:

Use the tune for “Frere Jacques” with this book as well,

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Are You Sleeping
Words Adapted by Debbie Tafton O’Neil
Illustrated by Benrei Huang

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Frere Jacques
Traditional Words in French, Traditional Tune

Frère Jacques,
Frère Jacques,
Dormez vous?
Dormez vous?
Sonnez les matines,
Sonnez les matines,
Din, din, don!
Din, din, don!

Are You Sleeping Brother John
Traditional Words in English, Traditional Tune

Are you sleeping,
Are you sleeping?
Brother John?
Brother John?
Morning bells are ringing,
Morning bells are ringing,
Ding ding dong,
Ding ding dong.

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frere jacques hazen
Frere Jacques
Story by Barbara Hazen
Illustrated by Lilian Oblgado

This book contains a cute fictional account for how the song came to be (due to the quirks of the monk, Brother John) and includes printed music in the back.

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SBWE SBS Frere Jacques Brother John w chords
Frere Jacques-Brother John w Chords for SBWE Songbook Series
Traditional Words and Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this card, click here:
SBWE SBS Frere Jacques Brother John w chords

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SBWE SBS Frere Jacques Brother John (no chords)
Frere Jacques-Brother John for SBWE Songbook Series (no chords)
Traditional Words and Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this card, click here:
SBWE SBS Frere Jacques Brother John (no chords)

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frere jacques ELEG SBWE - cover only
Frere Jacques-Brother John 
Traditional Words and Tune
Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Book Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE

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LINDA BLECK’S CHILDREN’S TREASURIES
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https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/childrens-treasuries-by-linda-bleck-with-many-singable-treasures/

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FAVORITE LITTLE FRENCH SONGS
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SBWE Songbook Series: Little Songs
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/sing-books-with-emily-songbook-series-little-songs/

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https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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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
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https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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