Sing Books with Emily, the Blog

Head Shoulders Knees and Toes, a Singable Picture Book

Posted on: April 4, 2013

Here’s a good one for getting the kids up and moving…

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head shoulders knees and toes and other zita newcome
Head Shoulders Knees and Toes (and Other Action Rhymes)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Zita Newcome

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head shoulders knees and toes ellwand
Head Shoulders Knees and Toes (a teddy bear sing-along book)
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by David Ellwand

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head shoulders knees and toes kubler
Head Shoulders Knees and Toes (Child’s Play)
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Annie Kubler

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head shoulders knees and toes weber
Head Shoulders Knees and Toes (let’s sing a song)
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Jill Weber

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Head Shoulders Knees and Toes is featured and given a delightful twist with plinky-plunky-zippy sounds in:

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Lisa Loeb Cover_ Movin and Shakin - Copy
Lisa Loeb’s Songs for Movin’ and Shakin’ (the Air Band Song and Ohter Toe-Tapping Tunes)
Words and Tunes by Lisa Loeb, Various Artists, and Traditional
Songs Performed by Lisa Loeb
Illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke
Published by  Sterling Publishing
ISBN: 9781402769160

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HEAD, SHOULDERS, & TOES
I used to have “oh not that again” kind of mom dread hearing a song like this in an anthology of songs for kids.  Some songs in the public domain, and taken up by acts like Barney (I’m sorry, but it’s true), give me shivers of unhappiness…especially when there are so many wonderful songs out there!  These “public domain” songs are low hanging fruit, they are free to produce and often bore me to pieces.

BUT IN THE CREATIVE HANDS OF LISA LOEB, this song has become a funny circus of sounds and a fun way to get a little exercise and have some fun to boot!  Wait until you hear the sounds she and her creative team came up with for when the body parts stop dropping out.  I went from “oh darn” to OH WOW!  I hope she makes a video for this one so kids can see them making some of these zippy sounds.

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Wiki (includes lyrics) for Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head,_Shoulders,_Knees_and_Toes

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Songs for Teaching page for Head Shoulders Knees and Toes (includes printable music, recording to hear the tune and lyrics)
http://www.songsforteaching.com/sheetmusicleadsheets/headshoulderskneestoes.htm

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YouTube for Head Shoulders Knees and Toes (this one they don’t drops the words out, but they get some folks in the community in on the act)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8FwBSITW-4

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Related Posts

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Get Movin’!  MOVEMENTS, FINGER PLAYS AND DANCES in Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/get-movin-movements-finger-plays-and-dances-in-singable-picture-books/

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LISA LOEB IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/lisa-loeb-in-singable-picture-books/

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