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Lady with the Alligator Purse (Miss Lucy Had a Baby), a Singable Picture Book

Posted on: May 24, 2014

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The Lady with the Alligator Purse
Traditional Words and Music
Words Adapted by Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

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This rhyme can also be found in many compilations, including:

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Miss Mary Mack and Other Children’s Street Rhymes

Edited by Joanna Cole  and Stephanie Calmenson
Illustrated by Alan Tiegreen

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The Neighborhood Sing-Along
Music and Words by Various Artists
Illustrated by Nina Crews
ISBN 978-0-06-185063-9

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Same tune as:

  • A My Name is Alice (partial)
  • Miss Lucy Had a Baby
  • Miss Susie Had a Baby
  • Miss Susie Had a Steamboat

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LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE (and its variations) is a school yard hand clapping &/or jump rope rhyme.  The origins and lyrics widely different, though the tune is largely the same:

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Miss Lucy Had a Baby / Lady with the Alligator Purse wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Lucy_had_a_baby

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Miss Susie Had a Steamboat (this link is particularly comprehensive, and includes the lyrics to the MISS SUSIE that cracked me up when I was a kid, the lyrics that are closest to the ones we sang at at my Indianapolis school, are, interestingly, the lyrics listed for Chicago),
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Susie

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Related Posts

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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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MARY ANN HOBERMAN
The Singable Picture Books of Mary Ann Hoberman
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/singable-picture-books-of-mary-ann-hoberman/

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SING-ALONG STORIES
A Series of SPBs of Traditional Songs Adapted by Mary Ann Hoberman and Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/singable-picture-books-of-mary-ann-hoberman-and-nadine-bernard-westcotts-sing-along-stories/

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NADINE BERNARD WESTCOTT
The Singable Picture Books of Nadine Bernard Westcott
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/singable-picture-books-of-nadine-bernard-westcott/

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