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Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner Hogan Logan Bogan, a Singable Picture Book

Posted on: March 11, 2013

I can’t believe I’ve not written about this one yet…an absolute favorite with the kids, frequently requested.  Links below will lead you to vocal recordings of the song.  But since learning the tune, this is one of those songs that is particularly suited for a-capella singing.  With the song, it is fun to take the chance to sing each of the repeated name-choruses and sing it differently…high, low, slow, fast, loud, quiet and with variants on syllable emphasis to change things up and make it funnier and more interesting.  Also, it’s fun to hold for a moment and let the kids chime in the name as they learn it…all things you can’t do if you are singing along with something else…

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Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner Hogan Logan Bogan Was Her Name

Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Tedd Arnold
Illustrated by Tedd Arnold
This book includes an afterward note from the author with some info about the song and fun ideas for singing it.  The last pages also feature printed music.

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Author/Illustrator Tedd Arnold’s webpage for this book:
http://www.teddarnoldbooks.com/catalina.html

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Scholastic page for this book:
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/catalina-magdalena

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Songs for Teaching page for Catalina Magdalena (includes sound clip):
http://www.songsforteaching.com/folk/catalinamagdalena.php

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Another verison of the lyrics, here:
http://www.mamalisa.com/?t=es&p=1226&c=23

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Hear a clip of the tune or buy the sing-along (slightly different lyrics from Tedd Arnold’s book)…this is pretty much the tune that I use for singing the song a-capella,
http://www.amazon.com/Catalina-Magdalena/dp/B0012PEE0E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362769101&s=dmusic&sr=1-1

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Warning, this video contains a few things not appropriate for the young ones, but for the enjoyment of grown ups, a scene with Steve Martin getting pulled over by German police officer for a DUI test that includes juggling and singing the Catalina Magdalena song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unseSFWjuqs

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A video of a little theatrical version of Catalina Magdalina that was inspired by Tedd Arnold’s book:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2L1XI8zzsZA

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CATALINA MAGDALENA HOOPENSTEINER WALLENDINER HOGAN LOGAN BOGAN WAS HER NAME
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Tedd Arnold
Note: Many versions exist of this song along with many variations on the name 

She had a funny name
but she wasn’t much to blame
Her mother gave it to her just the same, same, same.
Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner
Hogan Logan Bogan was her name.

Well, she had two peculiar hairs on her head
One was black and one was red.
Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner
Hogan Logan Bogan was her name.

She had two eyes that were quite a sight
One looked left and the other looked right.
Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner
Hogan Logan Bogan was her name.

She had two teeth inside her mouth
One went north and the other south.
Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner
Hogan Logan Bogan was her name.

She had two holes in the bottom of her nose
One for her fingers – and one for her toes.
Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner
Hogan Logan Bogan was her name.

She had two arms that flopped all around
When she walked, they would drag on the ground.
Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner
Hogan Logan Bogan was her name.

She had two feet that were wide and flat
Each one bigger than a bathroom mat.
Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner
Hogan Logan Bogan was her name.

She had two arms that flopped all around
When she walked, they would drag on the ground.
Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner
Hogan Logan Bogan was her name.

Some folks say her breath smells sweet
But me, I’d rather smell her feet.
Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner
Hogan Logan Bogan was her name.

If rain makes flowers sweet and clean
There oughta be a downpour on Magdaleen!
Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner
Hogan Logan Bogan SMITH was her name.

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Note from Emily about the lyrics and the story told in pictures by author/illustrator Tedd Arnold:
I love Tedd Arnold’s addition of the name “Smith” since his pictures tell the story that she grows up a happy girl undisturbed by and thriving in spite of her peculiatiries and she marries a man named SMITH. It is also quite funny that the wedding guests who are waving goodbye to the newly married couple driving away in the car have thought bubbles that say “Smith? What kind of name is Smith?”

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On “The Folk Process”

Tedd Arnold has included a small afterward note in the book (along with printed music) explaining that the lyrics are ones he has chosen, but that much of the song is up-for-grabs (in a way) since you can make up your own lyrics and even alter the name as suits your taste.  In other words, feel free to make the song your own.

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Related Posts

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The Folk Process and Peter Yarrow’s Songbook Series
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/the-folk-process/

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FUNNY SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

That’s Hilarious! A List of Singable Picture Books that’ll Crack You Up!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/thats-hilarious-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-thatll-crack-you-up/

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