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“To Market, To Market,” a Singable Picture Book (and sung by Santa in “Miracle on 34th Street” 1947)

Posted on: November 26, 2011

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To Market, To Market
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Anne Miranda
Illustrated by Janet Stevens

“To Market” is a well known Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme, but with this book Anne Miranda and Janet Stevens have given it a hilarious twist, adding verses for to create a story, great humor and wonderful pictures of a grandmotherly woman’s trip to the market.

Wee sing has a sweet, clear, simple version, which you can hear in its entirety by listening to the preview on amazon.com:
http://www.amazon.com/To-Market-to/dp/B0052Q34VY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1322154081&sr=8-3

Some interesting information about the rhymes origins, here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_market,_to_market

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Traditional lyrics for
To Market To Market To Buy a Fat Pig

To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,
Home again, home again, dancing a jig;
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog;
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog;
To market, to market, to buy a plum bun,
Home again, home again, market is done.

The “To Market, To Market” rhyme can be found illustrated in many collections of Mother Goose and/or Nursery Rhymes.

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I don’t own this rendition, but I really love the cover art by Art Seiden,

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To Market, To Market
Traditional Words and Music
Illustrated by Art Seiden

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To Market! To Market! (The Mother Goose Library)
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier

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My daughter and I were watching the 1947 movie “Miracle on 34th Street” and about halfway through the movie Santa sings a version of the “To Market” tune to the little girl Suzie as a lullaby.

Read the script for “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947) here:
http://www.script-o-rama.com/movie_scripts/m/miracle-on-34th-street-script.html
(Hit ctrl+F, for “Find” to search for “to buy a fat pig,” to find the quote)

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYME COMPILATIONS

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