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Hey Diddle Diddle, an Illustrated Singable Nursery Rhyme

Posted on: February 26, 2015

HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE, an ancient nonsense rhyme with fuzzy origins and engaging tune, captures the imagination with whimsical characters doing interesting things!

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hey diddle (nosy crow) cover
Hey Diddle Diddle
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
Published by Nosy Crow “Sing along with me!” Series

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hey diddle for SBWE cover only
HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE SING ALONG BOOK 
Traditional Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme
Book Assembled for SBWE
Illustrations by Various Artists

This book is for classroom use only.

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hey diddle diddle w guitar chords 4 SBWE
Hey Diddle Diddle Song Sheet with Guitar Chords
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustration by Milo Winter
Illustration from Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
hey diddle diddle w guitar chords 4 SBWE

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SBWE SBS Hey Diddle w chords
Hey Diddle Diddle Song Sheet w Chords for SBWE Songbook Series
Traditional Words and Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this page, click here:
SBWE SBS Hey Diddle w chords

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SBWE SBS Hey Diddle no chords
Hey Diddle Diddle Song Sheet for SBWE Songbook Series (no chords)
Traditional Words and Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this page, click here:
SBWE SBS Hey Diddle no chords

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HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE
Traditional Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme
Illustrated by Milo Winter
From Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)

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hey diddle diddle (nola langner) - small
HI DIDDLE DIDDLE
Traditional Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme
Illustrated by Nola Langner
From Hi Diddle Diddle (A Book of Mother Goose Rhymes)

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HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE is found in almost every collection of Nursery Rhyme.  The rhyme is featured or adapted in the following illustrations:

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Hey, Diddle, Daddle
Traditional Words and Tune
Rhyme Adaptations by James Marshall
Illustrated by James Marshall

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HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE is featured in:

Hey Diddle, Diddle & Other Mother Goose Rhymes

Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Tomie dePaola

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Printed music is available in:

Wee Sing Nursery Rhymes and Lullabies
Traditional Words and Tunes
Compiled, Adapted and Arranged by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp
Illustrated by Nancy Spence Klein

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As always, Sesame Street comes up with a delightful version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caRuhprYlOQ

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HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey_Diddle_Diddle

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Googling for the origins of HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE gives a long list of possible stories in which the characters in the rhyme are supposed to represent people in various historical Elizabethan, Egyptian or Greek scandals.

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A printable PDF with illustration and lyrics, here:
http://curry.virginia.edu/go/wil/Hey_diddle_diddle.pdf

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Some interesting resources and a downloadable PDF here:
http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/74/nursery-rhymes-and-traditional-poems/5062/the-cat-and-the-fiddle-hey-diddle-diddle/

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Addendum, 7/6/2015

It’s a simple fact that seemingly simple Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes have a lot to offer.  I’m embracing these little songs this summer and creating books for individual rhymes, so as to sing them as individual songs.

Here’s one for HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE

hey diddle for SBWE cover only
HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE SING ALONG BOOK 
Traditional Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme
Book Assembled for SBWE
Illustrations by Various Artists

This book is for classroom use only.

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Addendum, 4/19/2018

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hey diddle (nosy crow) cover
Hey Diddle Diddle
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
Published by Nosy Crow “Sing along with me!” Series

This version of HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE was purchased with a kind 2017/2018 school year Teacher’s Grant from the Tuckahoe Elementary School PTA, put in for Sing Books with Emily by the Kindergarten Team. I’m so grateful!  Nosy Crow’s rendition of HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE is really cute.  For one thing, I appreciate when the characters are animals.  This allows all kids to identify with all the characters without having to encounter the barriers and feelings associated with racial and cultural identities. This Nosy Crow board book also features engaging moving parts (like a wheel you can turn to make the cow jump over the moon which also makes the carousel spin.

Nosy Crow’s webpage for this book has an embedded sing along player:
https://player.fm/series/nosy-crow-stories-aloud/sing-along-with-me-hey-diddle-diddle

HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE, as a rhyme, has been in my repertoire for some time, but it is always good for children to see rhymes represented different ways.  I’m making a conscious effort to include more rhymes in my visits with kids PreK and Kindergarten. Many studies have shown that children come to Kindergarten knowing a number of nursery rhymes by heart significantly increases the ease with which that child learns to read. And the effects continue even to more advanced elementary grades. Singing rhymes might seem like a silly, even expendable activity, but the effects it has on forming the brain of an emergent reader are profound.  Knowing rhythms tunes the ears for sounds and language.  And knowing a rhyme by heart helps a kid to start recognizing words in print that they already know in their heads.  And then young brains can use that skill to start making other connections.

This mission to include more rhymes in my repertoire is even more profound after talking to many PreK and K teachers who say that few children come to school knowing rhymes any more. This is a gap that I can help fill.  I also sing frequently at libraries and community events.  I will certainly work to share with parents and caregivers how fun and easy it is to sing these kinds of rhymes with their young ones.  One of my goals is to performs programs for people who don’t feel confident singing rhymes with their children (maybe they don’t have books or they don’t know the words or the tunes) and teach them and give them the resources to do that.  Along these lines, I’ve already begun my SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SONGBOOK SERIES. This is a series of printable song sheets linked to posts with everything I can find to help folks know about and sing the rhymes (including Sing Books with Emily embedded scratch vocal sing along SoundCloud players).

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Related Posts

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A 2017/2018 School Year Tuckahoe Elementary School PTA Teacher’s Grant (and what I got with it)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2018/04/17/a-tuckahoe-elementary-school-pta-teachers-grant-and-what-i-got-with-it/

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SONGBOOK SERIES HOST PAGE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sbwe-song-book-series/

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SBWE Songbook Series: Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/11/21/sing-books-with-emily-songbook-series-mother-goose-nursery-rhymes/

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYMES – INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED
Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes with Individually Illustrated Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/mother-goose-and-nursery-rhymes-with-individually-illustrated-singable-picture-books/

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYME COMPILATIONS

A list containing compilations of Mother Goose and Nursery Rhyme Singable Picture Books, including links and resources for learning, singing, and playing the tunes
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/mother-goose-singable-picture-books-rhymes-and-songs-in-compilations/

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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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NURSERY RHYMES AND MOTHER GOOSE FOR SBWE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/nursery-rhymes-and-mother-goose-for-sbwe/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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A Book for Hey Diddle Diddle
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/a-book-for-hey-diddle-diddle/

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