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Thank Heavens! Singable Picture Books for THANKSGIVING

Posted on: November 6, 2010

Thanksgiving approaches!  But it’s always a good time to sing a song of THANKSGIVING…

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Albuquerque Turkey
Traditional Tune (Sing to the Tune of “Oh, My Darlin’ Clementine“)
Words Adapted by B. G. Ford
Illustrated by Lucinda McQueen

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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
(This amazingly wonderful poetry compilation, Volume 1 of 15 Volumes of the Childcraft set, is filled with poetry that can be sung.  The illustrations now appear wonderfully vintage, by numerous artists.  If you can find a copy of this book, you will not be disappointed in its contents)
Thanksgiving Day” (AKA “Over the River and Through the Wood“), written by Lydia Maria Child and sung to a traditional tune is printed and illustrated on p. 142

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Words and Music by Bobby McFerrin
Illustrated with Art by Alexander Calder

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Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night (An Old Song)

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier

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giving thanks peterson dalton
Giving Thanks (Poems, Prayers and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Edited and with Reflections by
Katherine Paterson
Illustrated by Pamela Dalton

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Grateful (A Song of Giving Thanks)

Words and music by John Bucchino
Illustrated by Anna-Liisa Hakkarainen

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Grandma’s Feather Bed (John Denver’s)
Words and Music by John Denver
Adapted and Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

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I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie
Traditional Words and Tune
Written by Alison Jackson
Illustrated by Judy Schachner

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I’m A Turkey!

Spoken Word Song
Written by Jim Arnosky
Illustrations by Jim Arnosky
This book comes with permission to download the Spoken Word Song from a website

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One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims
Traditional Tune
Words Adapted by B.G. Hennessy
Illustrated by Lynne Cravath

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

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Over the River and Through the Wood
Traditional Tune
Poem By Lydia Maria Child
Illustrated by Christopher Manson

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Over the River and Through the Wood
Traditional Tune
Poem By Lydia Maria Child
Illustrated by Brinton Turkle

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Over the River and Through the Wood
Traditional Tune
Poem By Lydia Maria Child
Illustrated by David Catrow

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P is for Pilgrim

Traditional Tune (Sing to the Tune of the ABC Song)
Written by Carol Crane
Illustrated by Helle Urban
(Find a teacher’s guide for this book, here: http://www.gale.cengage.com/pdf/TeachersGuides/PilgrimGuide.pdf)

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The Pilgrims Are Marching (Sing-Along Holiday Stories)

Traditional Words and Tunes
Additional Words and Adaptations by Carol Greene
Illustrated by Tom Dunnington

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Simple Gifts (The Shaker Hymn)

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Chris Raschka

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Simple Gifts (the shaker song)
Words and Music by Elder Joseph Bracket
Illustrated with Photographs by Solomon M. Skolnick

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Sunshine on My Shoulders
Words by John Denver
Music by John Denver, Mike Taylor & Dick Kniss
Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

The lyrics do not specifically mention gratitude, but as it lovingly appreciates one of nature’s greatest gifts and wanting to give and share the experience with a loved one makes it feel like a song of Thanksgiving.  At least this is how I felt about it today.

I thought a little more about it, and can put it this way:  “Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy…”  seems like you can’t really be happy about something without appreciating it.  And you can’t really appreciate something without being grateful for having it… This is why I think “Sunshine on My Shoulders” makes a terrific Thanksgiving song.

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thanks a lot (raffi) cover only
Thanks a Lot
Words and Music by Raffi Cavoukian
Book Assembled for Sing Books with Emily
This book is for use in home, classroom or library only.

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Thanks & Giving: All Year Long

Marlo Thomas and Friends (Various Artists)
This book includes songs, printed music and singable poems by wonderful artists.
Companion CD includes recordings of many songs, poems and stories included in the book:
http://www.amazon.com/Thanks-Giving-Year-Long-Companion/dp/B000641Z54/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1274562057&sr=1-1

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Thanksgiving Day Alphabet
Traditional Tune (Sing to the Tune of the ABC Song)
Written by Beverly Vidrine
Illustrated by Alison Davis Lyne

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Thanksgiving Stories and Poems
Words and Music by Various Artists
Edited by Caroline Feller Bauer
Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

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When I First Came to This Land

Words and Music by Oscar Brand
Illustrated by Doris Burn

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When I First Came to This Land

Words and Music by Oscar Brand
Words Adapted by Harriet Ziefert
Illustrated by Simms Taback

I added “When I First Came to This Land” as an offering for Thanksgiving because I strongly believe that we have a lot to be thankful for in this country, even at the very least for the fact that the USA affords a person a chance to make of themselves what they will.  That is what “When I First Came to This Land” is all about.  The narrator says, “But the land was sweet and good and I did what I could.”

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When the Frost is on the Punkin
Poem by James Whitcomb Reilly
Illustrations by Glenna Lang
Musical Settings by Various Artists
(This book prints all but the last verse of the poem.)

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11/17/201

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This Land is Your Land

Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen

Interesting to me, this week had a This Land is Your Land theme.  I saw this documentary over the course of a couple days this past week and then Friday morning, I noticed a paperback copy of Kathy Jakobsen’s illustration on Mr. Mitchell’s shelf.  Just noticed it with some gladness that I’d recently learned a little more about the song and it’s writer.  But I wasn’t planning to sing it.  I’ve never thought I did a very good job with the song and have been shy to share it with the kids for that reason.  But on Friday, one of the kids in Mr. Mitchell’s class raised his hand and asked if I had “This Land is Your Land” in the sing bag.  I just couldn’t believe it.  This Land is Your Land was in the air.  We sang it a-capella and it worked out just fine.  Seems like a nice song to add and keep in the repertoire   One reason, probably, I’ve not felt comfortable with it from always trying to find a good sing-along for it.  This song is perfectly well shared without music and maybe, really, all the better.  And, This Land is Your Land feels like and excellent song at Thanksgiving-time  for the chance to recognize that we have so much to be thankful for, living in this great land, but to realize that even in a country like ours, life is not always fair, and we need to be thankful for what we have ourselves but also think about those who do not have enough, since  this land is theirs as well as ours.

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A cute list of song with THANKSGIVING-y lyrics set to familiar tunes, here:
http://www.preschooleducation.com/sthanksgiving.shtml
Consider making your own books for sing-along!

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THANKSGIVING WORLD is a website dedicated to THANKSGIVING (you guessed it)…
http://www.preschooleducation.com/sthanksgiving.shtml
Lots of Thanksgiving poetry in there and lots of it singable.

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PS:  “Plenty To Be Thanksful For”

One of my favorite movies is “Holiday Inn” (starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby) and I love the Thanksgiving song “Plenty To Be Thankful For.”

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You’ll find the song on Bing Crosby’s album “Holiday Inn,”

http://www.amazon.com/Ive-Got-Plenty-Be-Thankful/dp/B000W10CKU

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And in the wonderful movie “Holiday Inn,”

Yet another wonderful song written by Irving Berlin!  This is another song for the “Singable Picture Book Wishlist!”

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn-X0EucLT0

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Addendum November 2013

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By Eloise, Thanksgiving 2013

I am thankful that Eloise is my daughter.  Eloise makes me happy to be alive.

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Related Posts

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FOOD

Food Glorious Food, a List of Singable Picture Books about Food

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/11/23/food-glorious-food-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-about-food/

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THANKSGIVING

A Songlist to help us Celebrate Thanksgiving!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/06/thank-heavens-singable-picture-books-for-thanksgiving/

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NADINE BERNARD WESTCOTT
The Singable Picture Books of Nadine Bernard Westcott
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/singable-picture-books-of-nadine-bernard-westcott/

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THANKSGIVING SONG CELEBRATION 2012
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/thanksgiving-song-celebration/

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SINGABLE THANKSGIVING 2013
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/thanksgiving-songs-2013/

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PIE
Pie, Pie, Pie! A Celebration of Pie in my Hoosier Family Heritage and in Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/pie-pie-pie-a-celebration-of-pie-in-my-hoosier-family-heritage-and-in-singable-picture-books/

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RAFFI
The Singable Picture Books of Raffi
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/the-singable-picture-books-of-raffi/

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JOHN DENVER
The Singable Picture Books of John Denver
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/the-singable-picture-books-of-john-denver/

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HOLIDAYS COMING SOON:

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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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HANUKKAH, PASSOVER, SEDER AND OTHER JEWISH HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS

A fun list of books to sing and celebrate Hanukkah and other Jewish Holidays and Traditions
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/26/singable-picture-books-for-hanukkah/

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