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I’m a Manatee, a Singable Picture Book

Posted on: June 1, 2012

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I’m a Manatee
Words by John Lithgow
Music by Bill Elliott
Illustrated by Ard Hoyt
(This book includes a vocal and instrumental track on a sing-along CD as well as a printed music…TERRIFIC!!)

Simon & Shuster Publisher’s page for this book:
http://books.simonandschuster.com/I’m-a-Manatee/John-Lithgow/9780689854279

A terrific review of the book, here:
http://www.epinions.com/review/I_m_a_Manatee_by_John_Lithgow_and_illustrated_by_Ard_Hoyt/content_439474818692?sb=1

Website for Illustrator Ard Hoyt:
http://www.ardhoytbooks.com/index.html

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I’M A MANATEE
Words and Music by John Lithgow and Bill Elliot

From time to time I dream that I’m a manatee
Undulating underneath the sea
Unshackled by the chains of idle vanity
A modest manatee, that’s me

I look just like a chubby, brown banana-tee
As I nose along the cozy ocean floor
Immune from human folly and inanity
That’s why a manatee is such a happy, herbivore

I’m a manatee, I’m a manatee
I’m every bit as wrinkled as my grannity
No difference between my face and fanity
A noble manatee, that’s me

With the dietary habits of a manatee
I never fail to lick my platter clean
I sprinkle seaweed on my raisin branity
The perfect manatee cuisine

With my wit, sophistication and urbanity
I dignify my watery domain
No one near will ever hear me use profanity
Because a manatee has his image to maintain

I’m a manatee, I’m a manatee
I keep my reputation spick and spanity
No difference between my face and fanity
A stately manatee, that’s me

Encumbered by my lumbering giganity
I’m thought to be an ocean going brute
The least appealing creature on the planety
But to a manatee, I’m cute

I prefer my world of silence and of sanity
But my underwater friends don’t all agree
For whenever I am dreaming I’m a manatee
Somewhere a manatee is dreaming that he is me

I’m a manatee, I’m a manatee
Outside the fold of boring old humanity
No difference between my face and fanity
I’m a rolly-polly, jelly-rolly, sugar-bowly
Heart and souly manatee, that’s me!

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I’M A MANATEE, is also featured, Track 12, on John Lithgow’s CD, “On the Sunny Side of the Street,”

http://www.amazon.com/Sunny-Side-of-the-Street/dp/B002KW0QD2/ref=tmm_msc_title_0

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“I’m a Manatee,” sung by John Lithgow, is featured in this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLu0bclDgzc

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Addendum 11/13/2014

Let’s sing I’M A MANATEE to honor November is Manatee Awareness Month!

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I’m a Manatee
Words by John Lithgow
Music by Bill Elliott
Illustrated by Ard Hoyt

Ocean Conservancy posted to it’s Facebook Page that November 2014 is MANATEE AWARENESS MONTH, saying:

This November, we’re celebrating one of our favorite go-with-the-flow ocean animals– the manatee! Sometimes called “sea cows,” manatees are slow moving creatures that spend their time grazing on sea grasses. Happy Manatee Awareness Month!

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Info about Manatee Awareness Month on the Save the Manatees Club website:
http://www.savethemanatee.org/news_pr_mam_14.html

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Defenders of Wildlife Blog post about Manatee Awareness Month:
http://www.defenders.org/manatee-awareness-month

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Related Posts

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JOHN LITHGOW
The Singable Picture Books of John Lithgow
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/the-singable-picture-books-of-john-lithgow/

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OCEANS AND SEAS
A list of Singable Picture Books that celebrate the Oceans and Seas
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/songs-of-the-oceans-and-seas/

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November is Manattee Awareness Month
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/sing-im-a-manatee-november-2014-is-manatee-awareness-month/

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