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Ants Go Marching, a Singable Picture Book

Posted on: May 4, 2013

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Ants Go Marching (Classic Books with Holes)

Traditional Words and Tune (sing to the tune of, When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
Illustrated by Dan Crisp

I’ve had this book for quite a long time and just let it sit there, honestly, thinking that this was a boring book for a boring song.  HOW WRONG I WAS!  Not sure what compelled me to finally pick it up, but I did pick up this delightful, oversized Classic Book with Holes and was so glad I did.  the pictures are funny and when the song multiplies the ants, the ants multiply in the pictures.  The multiplication equation depicted for each photo spread is printed in the corner so the kids can see what 4 X 4 (read “The ants go marching four by four”) ants looks like.  This book is well layed out with holes die cute in each page to reveal some of the ants on the following pages.  And, like ants in real life, these ants are all busy doing something with happy “whistle while you work,” or “just a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down” expressions on their faces.

What ties it all together  though, is the well produced, delightfully arranged music CD which comes with the book.  The CD has a vocal track for singing along, but (yipee!) the instrumental is also included, so you can sing along by yourself!

To my surprise, this book went from what I thought to be something boring to one of the most requested Singable Picture Books in the Sing Books Repertoire.

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I haven’t tried these yet, they might be wonderful and I imagine one could use the recording above to sing these as well:

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ants go marching d'antonio
Ants Go Marching (Traditional Songs from Picture Window Books)
Traditional Words and Tune (sing to the tune of, When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
Edited by Ann Own
Illustrated by Sandra D’Antonio

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ants go marching gruetzke
Ants Go Marching (Sing and Read Storybook)
Traditional Words and Tune (sing to the tune of, When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
Illustrated by Jeffrey Scherer

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Two for the AUNTS:

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aunts come marching
The Aunts Come Marching
Traditional Words and Tune (sing to the tune of, When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
Words Adapted by Bill Richardson
Illustrated by Cynthia Nugent

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aunts go marching
The Aunts Go Marching
Traditional Words and Tune (sing to the tune of, When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
Words Adapted by Maurie J. Manning
Illustrated by Maurie J. Manning

 

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Related Posts

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WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/when-johnny-comes-marching-home-a-singable-picture-book/

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CHILD’S PLAY SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
Child’s Play and their Classic Books with Holes Series = a Treasure Trove of Great Songs and Sing-Along Arrangements
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/childs-play-and-thier-classic-books-with-holes-series-a-treasure-trove-of-great-songs-and-sing-along-arrengements/

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COUNTING

Counting (and math) in Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/counting-and-math-in-singable-picture-books/

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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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USEFUL TUNES IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/useful-tunes-in-the-public-domain/

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NOAH’S ARK

A List of Singable Picture Book Songs about Noah’s Journey with an Ark Full of Animals
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/09/noahs-ark-in-singable-picture-books/

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