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Marsupial Sue, an Illustrated Song

Posted on: November 18, 2014

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Marsupial Sue
Words by John Lithgow
Music by Bill Elliott
Illustrated by Jack E. Davis
(This book includes a vocal and instrumental track on a sing-along CD as well as a printed music…GREAT!!)

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Someone made a video of the book with the music:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOQCwuY213Y

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Publisher Simon & Schuster’s webpage for this illustrated song:
http://books.simonandschuster.com/Marsupial-Sue/John-Lithgow/9781416996149

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Marsupial Sue
Words by John Lithgow
Music by Bill Elliott

Marsupial Sue
A young kangaroo
Hated the hopping that kangaroos do
It rattled her brain
AND gave her migraine
A backache, sideache, tummyache, too.

One morning in May
Sue wandered away
Leaving her relatives grazing on hay
What did she see
Way up in a tree
Koalas, gaily at play.

And suddenly Sue was convinced she had found
A way to escape all that bouncing around
She climbed to the top
She heard a loud POP
And howling in pain fell again to the ground.

Marsupial Sue
A lesson or two
Be happy with who you are
Don’t ever stray too far from you
Get rid of that frown
And waltz up and down
Beneath a marsupial star
If you’re a kangaroo through and through
Just do what kangaroos do.

With summer at hand
The weather was grand
So Sue stole away from her kangaroo band
Combing the shore
She heard someone snore
A platypus asleep in the sand
“How cozy!” she said
Completely misled
Ignoring the probable trouble ahead.
“How perfect for me!
A life by the sea!
All snug in a watery bed!”
So she flopped in the mud with a thud and a shout
She swallowed a scallop, a shrimp and a trout
By quarter to two
The poor kangaroo
Had typhoid, pneumonia, colic and gout.

Marsupial Sue
A lesson or two
Be happy with who you are
Don’t ever stray too far from you
Get rid of that frown
And waltz up and down
Beneath a marsupial star
If you’re a kangaroo through and through
Just do what kangaroos do.

That autumn once more
Sue got to explore
A creature she’d never laid eyes on before
A version of her
In miniature
A wallaby, with cousins galore

Before very long
Sue joined in the throng
Flouncing and jouncing and bouncing along
Happy and free
She shouted with glee
“At last, I’m where I belong!”
Then she looked at the wallaby, sprightly and small
Exactly like her only not quite so tall
She widened her eyes
And cried with surprise
“A kangaroo’s life’s not so bad after all!”

Marsupial Sue
No longer so blue:
You’re happy with who you are.
You’ll never stray too far from you.
You’re rid of that frown
So waltz up and down
Beneath a marsupial star
You are a kangaroo through and through
So do what kangaroos do.

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Related Posts

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JOHN LITHGOW
The Singable Picture Books of John Lithgow
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/the-singable-picture-books-of-john-lithgow/

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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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GOOD ADVICE
A list of Illustrated Songs that convey really good ideas and great advice.
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/illustrated-songs-that-give-good-advice/

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