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Keep On Sewing, Besty Ross! (A Fun Song About the First American Flag)

Posted on: May 23, 2016

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Keep On Sewing, Betsy Ross! (A Fun Song About the First American Flag)
Book by Michael Dahl
Sing to the Tune of Yankee Doodle
Illustrated by Sandra D’Antonio

The words in this adaptation are nice and easy to sing, fitting in comfortably with the tune of Yankee Doodle.  As with the other illustrated songs in this series, the book begins and ends with pages of interesting information about the subject. The book does not fail to mention, for example, that it is possible that Betsy Ross did not design and sew the first flag.  The song does, however, work in a verse about Francis Scott Key and the famous American flag that flew over Fort McHenry on Baltimore Harbor and made it through the battle in 1814, during the War of 1812.

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I had created a set of chords to sing Yankee Doodle with my guitar and so adapted them for the lyrics of Keep On Sewing, Betsy Ross!

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Keep On Sewing, Betsy Ross! (Lyrics with Guitar Chords)
Words by Michael Dahl
Sing to the Tune of Yankee Doodle
Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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SING A PATRIOTIC SET

It would be excellent to sing Keep On Sewing, Betsy Ross! in conjunction with both Yankee Doodle and Star Spangled Banner

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Link to Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia:
http://historicphiladelphia.org/betsy-ross-house/what-to-see/

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Betsy Ross wiki:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betsy_Ross

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The song also mentions the flag which inspired Francis Scott Key, the story of which is told in my post about THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/the-defense-of-fort-mchenry-written-this-day-196-years-ago-by-francis-scott-key/

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Related Posts

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FUN SONGS SERIES on SBWE
A series of illustrated history lessons set to familiar tunes
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/05/15/fun-songs-illustrated-american-history-songs-set-to-familiar-tunes/

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FUN SONGS SERIES Online
Published by Picture Window Books, By Michael Dahl, Illustrated by Brandon Reibeling.  History lessons set to the tune of well known songs.
https://www.overdrive.com/series/fun-songs

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AMERICAN HISTORY: CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND TELL STORIES OF AMERICAN HISTORY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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KEEP ON SEWING BETSY ROSS, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/05/23/keep-on-sewing-besty-ross-a-fun-song-about-the-first-american-flag/

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YANKEE DOODLE, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/little-house-songs-yankee-doodle/

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STAR SPANGLED BANNER, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/the-defense-of-fort-mchenry-written-this-day-196-years-ago-by-francis-scott-key/

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