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Frosty the Snowman, a Singable Picture Book

Posted on: December 27, 2011

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN is a Singable Picture Book SURE THING.

If there isn’t a whole lot to be sure of in this world, you can be sure that a roomful of kids will be delighted when you pull “Frosty the Snowman” out of your SING bag.

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frosty the snowman wade zahares
Frosty the Snowman
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Performed by Kenny Loggins
Illustrated by Wade Zahares
ISBN 978-1-62354-012-8

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This book comes packaged with a CD including Kenny Loggin’s recording of this song, and two other folk song, “Cindi,” and “Fishin’ Blues.”

I was also delighted to find a sing-along karaoke track in a singable key and which fits the book’s lyrics perfectly (“Thumpety, Thump, Thump” and all!), to preview the track, click here:
http://www.amazon.com/mp3-downloads/dp/B0012L2M7A

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Frosty the Snowman

Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Illustrated by Richard Cowdrey

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Frosty the Snowman

Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Illustrated by Lydia Halverson
(This version is lots of fun.  The pages are printed and folded like an accordion, so you can pull it straight out to see a looooooong Frosty scene)

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frosty sam williams
Frosty the Snowman
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Illustrated by Sam Williams

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FROSTY THE SNOWMAN
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins

Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul,
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal.

Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale they say.
He was made of snow but the children
Know how he came to life one day.

There must have been some magic in
That old silk hat they found.
For when they placed it on his head
He began to dance around.

O Frosty the snowman
Was alive as he could be,
And the children say he could laugh and play
Just the same as you and me.

Thumpetty thump thump
Thumpetty thump thump
Look at Frosty go.
Thumpetty thump thump
Thumpetty thump thump
Over the hills of snow.

Frosty the snowman
Knew the sun was hot that day
So he said, “Let’s run
We’ll have some fun
Now before I melt away.”

Down to the village
With a broomstick in his hand
Running here and there
All around the square saying,
“Catch me if you can!”

He led them down the streets of town
Right to the traffic cop.
And he only paused a moment when
He heard him holler, “Stop!”

For Frosty the snow man
Had to hurry on his way
But he waved goodbye saying,
“Don’t you cry,
I’ll be back again some day.”

Thumpetty thump thump
Thumpetty thump thump
Look at Frosty go.
Thumpetty thump thump
Thumpetty thump thump
Over the hills of snow.

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Need help with the tune? A straightforward sing-along with lyrics, here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCjrcjFGQCA

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Sing “Frosty” with Jimmy Durante:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Pu-bVrndgY

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Some alternate lyrics and an introduction by Jimmy Durante, here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ytz_XYt6vik

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Listen to the song, as sung by Gene Autry (with slightly different lyrics), here:
http://www.jango.com/music/Gene+Autry?l=0

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My favorite sing-along track, here:

I was also delighted to find a sing-along karaoke track in a singable key and which fits the book’s lyrics perfectly (“Thumpety, Thump, Thump” and all!), to preview the track, click here:
http://www.amazon.com/mp3-downloads/dp/B0012L2M7A

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It is always fun to sing a song, even a-capella, especially with a tune as universally familiar as “Frosty,” but singing with music is always MORE fun.

For a “Frosty” instrumental sing-along, my favorite track is by Smoky Mountain Band on their album, “Christmas in the Smoky Mountains”

If you look for the whole album, “Frosty the Snowman” is on Track 3.

Purchase or preview the song, here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000QM8H3O/ref=dm_dp_trk3?ie=UTF8&qid=1339082528&sr=301-2

I’ve got an affinity for this kind of bluegrass country musical arrangement played on these instruments which are exuberant and joyful with a twinge of sorrow.

If you use this track for singing Richard Cowdrey’s illustration (my admitted favorite), you’ll sing the song through twice and sing the “thumpety thump thump” refrain twice at the end.

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Song History

First recorded by Gene Autry in 1950, “Frosty” was a song written with hopes of riding on the popular sleigh bells of Rudolph.

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Interesting info about “Frosty” the song, here:
http://www.christmas-lyrics.org/frosty-the-snowman-lyrics-song.html

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Interesting “Frosty” wiki, here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frosty_the_Snowman

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SongFacts, here:
http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=9579

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An interesting history about how Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson set out together to write the song:
http://www.falalalala.com/frosty-the-snowman-by-walter-e-jack-rollins-and-steve-edward-nelson-195

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Frosty as depicted by great illustrator Corinne Malvern

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A page for the Sing Books with Emily SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR

Frosty the Snowman, a winter song by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins.

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SBWE Advent Calendar Frosty the Snowman
Frosty the Snowman
SBWE SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Illustrated by Richard Cowdrey
To view or print this page, click here:
SBWE Advent Calendar Frosty the Snowman

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Addendum 11/30/2014

I had the idea to bring FROSTY THE SNOWMAN for the sing along at our Girl Scout meeting today, so updated the sheet I’d already made for the SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR so it could be used for any purpose, including the GIRL SCOUT SONGBOOK WITH MRS. G AND FRIENDS.

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Frosty the Snowman for SBWE
Frosty the Snowman Song Sheet
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Page Coordinated by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this page, click here:
Frosty the Snowman for SBWE

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