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How Doth the Little Crocodile, a Singable Poem from Wonderland

Posted on: October 15, 2013

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how doth croc 4 sbwe cover only
HOW DOTH THE LITTLE CROCODILE BOOK FOR SBWE 
Poem by Lewis Carroll
From ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Traditional Tune
Crocodile Art by Mo Gleichenhaus
Sing this song with Emily’s accompaniment, here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/how-doth-the-little-crocodile

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how doth the little crocodile sheet - w chords portrait
HOW DOTH THE LITTLE CROCODILE SONG SHEET W GUITAR CHORDS BY ELEG FOR SBWE
Poem by Lewis Carroll
From ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Music by Various Artists
Crocodile Art by Mo Gleichenhaus
To view or print this PDF song sheet, click here:
how doth the little crocodile sheet – w chords portrait

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how doth the little crocodile song sheet
HOW DOTH THE LITTLE CROCODILE
Poem by Lewis Carroll
From ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Music by Various Artists
Crocodile Art by Mo Gleichenhaus
To view or print this PDF song sheet, click here:
how doth the little crocodile song sheet
Sing this song with Emily’s accompaniment, here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/how-doth-the-little-crocodile

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In Lewis Carroll’s book, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, poor Alice, she is so confused their in Wonderland and can’t quite get the right footing.  When Alice is in the strange room in which she lands after falling down the rabbit hole, she begins to have a set of strange experiences.  She begins to wonder who she is and if she is who she thinks she is or maybe someone else.  She tries to remember something familiar by repeating a well-known nursery rhyme, “Against Idleness and Mischief,” by Isaac Watts.  But it comes out all wrong.  It’s supposed to begin “How doth the little busy bee.” but instead she recites, “How doth the little crocodile…” and thus we have our little song.

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To read Isaac Watts’ original poem (written in 1715 as a warning against the dangers of haivng nothing productive to do), click here:
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Against_Idleness_and_Mischief

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In Disney’s movie, based on Lewis Carroll’s book, things are mixed up even from the book and it is the Caterpillar, sitting atop his mushroom smoking his hooka who recites the crocodile poem:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Vf9clYMsio

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It is such fun to sing HOW DOTH THE LITTLE CROCODILE, and I like the illustrations below for highlighting the crocodile’s residence in the Nile River, and giving little hints as to where the Nile is…possibly making kids curious to find out more…

Illustrations of HOW DOTH THE LITTLE CROCODILE

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croc by w. h. walker
HOW DOTH THE LITTLE CROCODILE
Poem by Lewis Carroll
From ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by W. H. Walker

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how doth the little crocodile sheet WH walker
HOW DOTH THE LITTLE CROCODILE
Poem by Lewis Carroll
From ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by W. H. Walker
To view or print this PDF song sheet, click here:
how doth the little crocodile sheet WH walker
Sing this song with Emily’s accompaniment, here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/how-doth-the-little-crocodile

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little crocodile folkard lewis broadwood
HOW DOTH THE LITTLE CROCODILE
Poem by Lewis Carroll
From SONGS OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND AND THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS
Music by Lucy E. Broadwood
Illustrated by Folkard

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little crocodile folkard
HOW DOTH THE LITTLE CROCODILE
Poem by Lewis Carroll
From SONGS OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND AND THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS
Music by Lucy E. Broadwood
Illustrated by Folkard

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how doth the little crocodile sheet folkard
HOW DOTH THE LITTLE CROCODILE

Poem by Lewis Carroll
From ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Charles Folkard
To view or print this PDF song sheet, click here:
how doth the little crocodile sheet folkard
Sing this song with Emily’s accompaniment, here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/how-doth-the-little-crocodile

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Illustration on Highlight’s Magazine’s Poetry Player:
http://www.highlightskids.com/poetry-player-poems/how-doth-little-crocodile
how doth little croc carroll squire highlights
HOW DOTH THE LITTLE CROCODILE
Poem by Lewis Carroll
From ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Robert Squier
Found on Highlight Magazine’s Poetry Player:
http://www.highlightskids.com/poetry-player-poems/how-doth-little-crocodile
Sing this song with Emily’s accompaniment, here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/how-doth-the-little-crocodile

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Sing this little tune with accompaniment:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/how-doth-the-little-crocodile

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve got a lot to learn in recording vocals and that was even more true a couple years ago when I recorded this a-capella for HOW DOTH THE LITTLE CROCODILE.  But, if you’d like to sing with me to learn the tune for the accompaniment above, click here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/how-doth-the-little-crocodile-eleg-2010

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Some historical and song origins info in this wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_Doth_the_Little_Crocodile

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HOW DOTH THE LITTLE CROCODILE
Poem by Lewis Carroll
Music by Various Artists

How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale

How cheerfully he seems to grin
How neatly spreads his claws
And welcomes little fishs in
With gently smiling jaws

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HOW DOTH THE LITTLE CROCODILE is featured in many illustrated editions of children’s poetry, including:

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How Doth the Little Crocodile in:

A Children’s Treasury of Poems
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Linda Bleck

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This little poem has been given many musical settings.
Two folk versions that I found on SoundCloud and liked quite a lot:

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By TrishaLaya

https://soundcloud.com/trishalaya/how-doth-the-little-crocodile

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By iamemma

https://soundcloud.com/emma-4-2/how-doth-the-little-crocodile

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Addendum 8/5/2014

It’s so fun to sing this little song.  I’ve also enjoyed accompanying myself on the guitar using these simple chords.

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how doth the little crocodile sheet - w chords portrait
HOW DOTH THE LITTLE CROCODILE SONG SHEET W GUITAR CHORDS BY ELEG FOR SBWE
Poem by Lewis Carroll
From ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Music by Various Artists
Crocodile Art by Mo Gleichenhaus
To view or print this PDF song sheet, click here:
how doth the little crocodile sheet – w chords portrait

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Addendum 7/6/2015

I have to admit that one of my favorite, slightly sinister, little ditties is HOW DOTH THE LITTLE CROCODILE.  I’ve previously made sing along sheets with and without guitar chords.  In addition, Paul Raimon helped me create a fun little sing along instrumental track for it.  I’ve been using laminated prints of the croc found in various compilations of children’s poetry and illustrations of ALICE IN WONDERLAND.  Time, though, to put it all together and make a book, using primarily the terrific picture, slightly sinister, of a crocodile and my son Mo made at camp a few years ago:

how doth croc 4 sbwe cover only
HOW DOTH THE LITTLE CROCODILE BOOK FOR SBWE 
Poem by Lewis Carroll
From ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Traditional Tune
Crocodile Art by Mo Gleichenhaus

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