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One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims (an Illustrated Song)

Posted on: January 8, 2016

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One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims

Sing to the Traditional Tune, ONE LITTLE TWO LITTLE
Words Adapted by B.G. Hennessy
Illustrated by Lynne Cravath

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One Little Two Little Pilgrims w chords
One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims (song sheet w chords)
Sing to the Traditional Tune, ONE LITTLE TWO LITTLE
Words Adapted by B.G. Hennessy
Illustrated by Lynne Cravath
To view or print this sheet, click here:
One Little Two Little Pilgrims w chords

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ONE LITTLE TWO LITTLE THREE LITTLE PILGRIMS is a fun and informative.  You can sing it to a familiar tune to celebrate the special American Thanksgiving holiday.

There is a surprising lot of information in the adapted lyrics that can spur discussion topics including about Pilgrims and why they came to settle this land, relationships with Native Americans and how they helped the Pilgrims, and the ways in which people survived in the 17th century wilderness of North America.

The last few pages of the book contain information about the situations depicted in the pictures that can spur further discussion and inspire the desire to learn more.

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Online Info about this illustrated song:

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Scholastic Publisher webpage for this book:
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/one-little-two-little-three-little-pilgrims#cart/cleanup

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Publisher’s Weekly review of this book:
http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-670-87779-9

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The Author B.G. Hennessy collected information, activities, videos, books and other interesting items on a Pinterest page inspired by this book:

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Addendum, 11/22/2017

I just LOVE it when something out in the world makes a connection with one of the illustrated songs in my repertoire.

During Thanksgivingtime, it’s fun to sing the illustrated song, One Little, Two Little, Three Little PilgrimsI’ve been singing it in almost every Sing Books visit since Halloween. This past weekend, I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts (SAYS YOU on NPR, a fun game show about words, the 11/17/2017 episode).  The Round 3 segment of this episode interviewed a woman who is reviving the Wampanoag language.  They are the tribe of Native people who first helped the Pilgrims survive when they landed in 1620. The connection is that the Wampanoag are mentioned in  the cute little illustrated song that’s been fun singing with kids in their classrooms.  What I love about the song is that it is sweet, simple, and age appropriately accessible, but still imparts some useful information about the the experience of pilgrims and native peoples.  The podcast is great fun for illuminating a little more of the language the Wampanoag people would have spoken when the pilgrims arrived.

You can listen to the entire podcast or begin at 23 minutes, 29 seconds (the beginning of Round 3) to hear this segment of the show:
http://saysyou.libsyn.com/tilden-arts-center-w-callie-crossley?tdest_id=317218

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Related Posts

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THANKSGIVING

A Song List to Help Us Celebrate Thanksgiving!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/06/thank-heavens-singable-picture-books-for-thanksgiving/

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COLONIAL MUSIC
Colonial Era Songs (and Stirrings of Revolution) in Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/colonial-era-songs-in-singable-picture-books/

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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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ONE LITTLE TWO LITTLE: A USEFUL TUNE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/one-little-two-little-a-useful-tune/

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