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A My Name is Alice, a Singable Picture Book (and a fun singing game)

Posted on: October 25, 2012

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A My Name is ALICE
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Jane Bayer
Illustrated by Steven Kellogg

This is such a fun book.  The kids love the hilarious juxtaposition of animals, off-the-wall professions and funny name combos.

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a my name is alice holt muppets sesame st
A My Name is ALICE
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Virginia Holt
Illustrated by Joe Mathieu

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a my name is lyne cravath
A My Name is…
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Alice Lyne
Illustrated by Lynne Cravath

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I tell the kids how this song makes a fun game.  Jane Bayer chose the names, jobs and products in the book so Steven Kellogg could illustrate the words and make fun and funny book to sing, but that each of the kids can substitute their own ideas for the names, jobs and products for each letter…a fun way to occupy their brains if ever they need to find some fun way to pass the time…

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For the tune, you can click this link to hear a clip on Amazon, it’ll give you enough to remember the tune, which is the same as “Miss Ludy,” “Lady with the Alligator Purse,” and “Susie had a Steamboat,”
http://www.amazon.com/The-Lady-With-Alligator-Purse/dp/B0013PD06W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348508378&s=dmusic&sr=1-1

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An example of the lyrics
(but you can substitute any Name, Animal, Name, Job that begin with the same letter to create your own funny version)…

A MY NAME IS ALICE
Traditional Tune
Traditional lyric progression (you put in the words that begin with the letters…)

A my name is Alice and my husband’s name is Andy and we come from Alabama and we sell apples
B my name is Bertha and my husband’s name is Bob and we come from Bermuda and we sell bandanas
C my name is Carla and my husband’s name is Carl and we come from California and we sell camels

…etc until you get to Z..

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An exploration of the song on this blog:
http://pinkslipblog.blogspot.com/2007/05/my-name-is-alice.html

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An exploration of the songs as a playground clapping game:
http://schoolyardplay.com/a-my-name-is-alice/

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The rhyme/song inspired the title and is used throughout the musical reveue, “A My Name is Alice,” which you can read about in this wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A…_My_Name_Is_Alice

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Related Posts

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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FAVORITE SINGABLES
Of the hundreds (maybe thousands) of choices, this list onPinterest displays the top blockbuster favorite Singable Picture Books that we warble together at Sing Books visits:
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/

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SESAME STREET
Sesame Street in Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/sesame-street-in-singable-picture-books/

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GAMES: SINGING GAMES
Games you have to sing to play

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