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Celebrate African American Music in Illustrated Song, selections from Emily’s Repertoire

Posted on: June 9, 2016

We will sing songs from the following list at the Mary Riley Styles Library on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 11-11:45 am, in concert with the 2016 Tinner Hill Blues Festival, to celebrate African American Music in Illustrated Song.  I hope to see you there!

For a complete list of African American Music in Illustrated Song (including the songs in my repertoire listed here, and another list dedicated specifically to The Blues) please click these links or scroll down.

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All God’s Critters
Words and Music by Bill Staines
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York, 2009
ISBN 987-0-689-86959-4

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All the Pretty Little Horses (A Traditional Lullaby)
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Linda Saport

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All the Pretty Little Horses SBWE (long w chords)
All the Pretty Little Horses (A Traditional Lullaby) (SBWE long w chords)
Traditional Words and Tune
To view or print this page, click here:
All the Pretty Little Horses SBWE (long w chords)

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All the Pretty Little Horses SBWE (long no chords)
All the Pretty Little Horses (A Traditional Lullaby) (SBWE long no chords)
Traditional Words and Tune
To view or print this page, click here:
All the Pretty Little Horses SBWE (long no chords)

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All the Pretty Little Horses SBWE (short w chords)
All the Pretty Little Horses (A Traditional Lullaby) (SBWE short w chords)
Traditional Words and Tune
To view or print this page, click here:
All the Pretty Little Horses SBWE (short w chords)

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All the Pretty Little Horses SBWE (short no chords)
All the Pretty Little Horses (A Traditional Lullaby) (SBWE short no chords)
Traditional Words and Tune
To view or print this page, click here:
All the Pretty Little Horses SBWE (short no chords)

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Angels Watching Over Me
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Julie Durango
Illustrated by Elisa Kleven

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Angels Watching Over Me for SBWE (w chords) DurangoKleven
Angels Watching Over Me (for SBWE)
Traditional Words and Tune
This song sheet corresponds to the illustration by Elisa Kleven, with words adapted by Julie Durango
Guitar chords adapted by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this sheet, click here:
Angels Watching Over Me for SBWE (w chords) DurangoKleven

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cumbayah-floyd-cooper
Cumbayah

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

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Cumbaya for SBWE (w chords)

Cumbayah (for SBWE w chords)
Traditional Words and Tune
To view or print this page, click here:
Cumbaya for SBWE (w chords)

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Cumbaya for SBWE (no chords)
Cumbayah (for SBWE no chords)
Traditional Words and Tune
To view or print this page, click here:
Cumbaya for SBWE (no chords)

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Dry Bones

Traditional Spiritual Words and Tune
Illustrated by Kate Edmunds

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get on board book SBWE cover only
GET ON BOARD LITTLE CHILDREN (For SBWE) 
Traditional Words and Music
Additional Lyrics and Adaptation by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Book Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE

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get on board eleg sbwe portrait
GET ON BOARD LITTLE CHILDREN (Portrait Song Sheet with Guitar Chords)
Traditional Words and Music
Additional Lyrics and Adaptation by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Song Page Made by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this page:
get on board eleg sbwe portrait – update

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Go Tell It on the Mountain
Traditional Words and Tune
Additional Text by Debbie Trafton O’Neal
Illustrated by Fiona King

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Go Tell It on the Mountain
Traditional Words and Tune
Additional Text by Debbie Trafton O’Neal
Page and Guitar Chords Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
to-tell-it-on-the-mountain-chords-4-book

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A page for the Sing Books with Emily SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR: GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
SBWE Advent Calendar GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Traditional Words and Tune
To view or print the SBWE Singable Advent Calendar sheet for “Go Tell It on the Mountain” click here:
SBWE Advent Calendar GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN

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He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
This book features historical information about the song.

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For: He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands (Illustrated by Kadir Nelson)
WHOLE WORLD for SBWE (w chords) Nelson
Whole World (for SBWE w chords, Nelson)
Traditional Words and Tune
Guitar Chords Arranged by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
WHOLE WORLD for SBWE (w chords) Nelson

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For: He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands (Illustrated by Kadir Nelson)
WHOLE WORLD for SBWE (no chords) Nelson

Whole World (for SBWE no chords, Nelson)
Traditional Words and Tune
Guitar Chords Arranged by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
WHOLE WORLD for SBWE (no chords) Nelson

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Hush, Little Baby
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Brian Pinkney

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island in the sun belafonte burgess ayliffe
Island in the Sun
Words and Music by Harry Belefonte and Lord Burgess (IrvingBurgie)
Pictures by Alex Ayliffe

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let it shine
Let it Shine (Three Favorite Spirituals)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Ashley Bryan
For a list of the songs in this book and info, click the title.

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one wide river barbara emberley
One Wide River to Cross
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Barbara Emberley
Illustrated by Ed Emberley

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Our Abe Lincoln
Traditional Tune, Sing to the tune of “The Old Gray Mare
Words Adapted by Jim Aylesworth
Illustrated by Barbara McClintock

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Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)
Words by DuBose Heyward
Music by George Gershwin
Illustrated by Mike Wimmer

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This Jazz Man

Traditional Tune (Sing to the Tune of  “This Old Man”)
Words Adapted by Karen Ehrhardt
Illustrated by R. G. Roth

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This Little Light of Mine (Raffi Songs to Read)

Traditional Tune
Additional Words by Raffi
Illustrated by Stacey Schuett

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what a wonderful world tim hopgood
What a Wonderful World
Words and Lyrics by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss
Illustrated By Tim Hopgood

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What a Wonderful World

Words and Music by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele
Illustrated by Ashley Bryan

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whole world penner barefoot
Whole World
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Christopher Corr
(This book, published by Barefoot Books, includes a CD of the song sung by Fred Penner, pages of information for children about regions of the earth, and printed music)
Published by Barefoot Books 

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This song sheet corresponds to the illustration by Ashley Bryan
WHOLE WORLD for SBWE (w chords) Bryan
Whole World (for SBWE w chords, Bryan)
Traditional Words and Tune
Guitar Chords Arranged by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
WHOLE WORLD for SBWE (w chords) Bryan

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This song sheet corresponds to the illustration by Ahsley Bryan
WHOLE WORLD for SBWE (no chords) Bryan
Whole World (for SBWE no chords, Bryan)
Traditional Words and Tune
Guitar Chords Arranged by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
WHOLE WORLD for SBWE (no chords) Bryan

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Who Built the Ark? (Based on an African-American Spiritual)
Traditional Words and Music
Illustrated by Pam Paparone

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THERE ARE  A LOT MORE PICTURE BOOKS THAT CELEBRATE AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC IN ILLUSTRATED SONGS AND GREAT AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSICAL ARTISTS IN THE FOLLOWING LINKS: 

This LINK is my most up to date and full list (including the ones listed above in my repertoire) of books Celebrating African American Music in Illustrated Song:

AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC IN ILLUSTRATED SONG
Singable Picture Books Celebrating African American History Month with Songs, Poems and Illustrations by Prominent African American Artists as well as Musical Picture Books Celebrating Important African American Musical Artists
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/singable-picture-books-celebrating-african-american-history-month/

Though I don’t have any strictly blues songs in my repertoire, I was inspired by the Tinner Hill Blues Festival to compile a list of illustrated songs and picture books about blues artists.  It is a wonderful set of books that can be found at the library, in bookstores, or through online booksellers:

THE BLUES
The Blues in Illustrated and Otherwise Musically Related Picture Books (yet another list inspired by Nikki)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/the-blues-in-illustrated-and-otherwise-musically-related-picture-books-yet-another-list-inspired-by-nikki/

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SONGS OF LOVE, COMPASSION, EQUALITY, AND GOOD WISHES

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All Things Bright and Beautiful
Words by Cecil F. Alexander
Illustrated by Ashley Bryan
(This wonderful rendition of pictures from cut paper, includes a page of info about Mrs. Cecil Francis Alexander and printed music)
Click here for the Sing Books with Emily “All Things Bright and Beautiful” Refrain Poster Card:
all things bright and beautiful – refrain poster

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Being Green

Words and Music by Joe Raposo
Illustrated by Etienne Delessert
Published by Western Publishing Company, Inc. in Conjunction with Children’s Television Workshop, 1973
A Golden Book
LOC Catalog Card No. 73-82468

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don't laugh at me - glin dibley
Don’t Laugh at Me
Words and Music by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin
Afterword by Peter Yarrow
Illustrated by Glin Dibley
This book features printed music and a sing-along CD.

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Forever Young
Words and Music by Bob Dylan
Illustrated by Paul Rogers

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in harmony
In Harmony & Other Songs of Peace
Music and Lyrics by Sue Sheriff
Illustrated by Arabella Eldredge

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I’m in Love with a Big Blue Frog
Words and Music by Leslie Braunstein
Performed by Peter Paul & Mary
Illustrated by Joshua S. Brunet
ISBN 978-1-936140-37-4

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It’s a Small World
Words and Music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Illustrated by Joey Chou

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Let There Be Peace on Earth (And Let It Begin with Me)
Music and words by Jill Jackson and Sy Miller
Illustrations by David Diaz

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make new friends carry a tune smithsonian
Make New Friends (Smithsonian Carry a Tune)
Traditional Words and Tune
Additional Words by Smithsonian
Illustrated by Nan Brooks

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The More We Get Together
Traditional Words and Music
Illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church

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Marsupial Sue
Words by John Lithgow
Music by Bill Elliott
Illustrated by Jack E. Davis

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This Land is Your Land

Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
With a Tribute by Pete Seeger
Illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen
This book, rich in detail, features printed music and a tribute to Woody Guthrie written by Pete Seeger.

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WHEN THE SAINTS for SBWE (w chords) Bryan
When the Saints (for SBWE, w chords)
Traditional Words and Tune
Chords Arranged by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
WHEN THE SAINTS for SBWE (w chords) Bryan
(The words and chords in this sheet are made to correspond to the illustration of the song by Ashley Bryan)

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WHEN THE SAINTS for SBWE (no chords) Bryan
When the Saints (for SBWE, no chords)
Traditional Words and Tune
Chords Arranged by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
WHEN THE SAINTS for SBWE (no chords) Bryan
(The words and chords in this sheet are made to correspond to the illustration of the song by Ashley Bryan)

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Yellow Submarine (Sing-A-Song Storybook)
Words and Music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Illustrated by Cathy Holly

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OTHER SONGS, JUST FOR FUN

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froggie went a courtin eleg 4 sbwe
Froggie Went a-Courtin’ for Limberjack and Sing Books with Emily
Traditional Words and Tune
Adaptations by ELEG for Sing Books with Emily
Illustration by Mary Blair from My First Sing-A-Song Book, 1966
To view or print this page, click here:
froggie went a courtin eleg 4 sbwe

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He got down upon his knee and said, “Miss Mousie will you marry me?”
2015 09 24 SBWE cambell & everett 2
Singing Froggie Went a-Courtin’ with the Everett/Campbell group on 9/24/2015
pbs.twimg.com/media/CPq8tJOWIAAgrYv.jpg

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Grandma’s Feather Bed (John Denver’s)
Words and Music by Jim Connor
Adapted and Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

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Mrs Gs Musical Bingo Zoo w Limberjack Dog
Mrs. G’s Musical BINGO Zoo for SBWE and Limberjack Dog
Traditional Words and Tune
Adaptations by ELEG for SBWE
Mrs Gs Musical Bingo Zoo w Limberjack Dog

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OLD BLUE 4 SBWE limberjack
Old Blue (arranged by ELEG for SBWE and limberjack dog)

Traditional Words and Tune
Arrangement by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this sheet, click here:
OLD BLUE 4 SBWE limberjack

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take me home country roads
Take Me Home, Country Roads

Words and Music by John Denver, Taffy Nivert and Bill Danoff
Words Adapted by Christopher Canyon
Illustrated by Christopher Canyon
ISBN 978-1584690726

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Related Articles

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Singable Picture Books Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/singable-picture-books-honoring-the-legacy-of-dr-martin-luther-king-jr/

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ASHLEY BRYAN
The Singable Picture Books of Ashley Bryan
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/the-singable-picture-books-of-ashley-bryan/

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PICTURE BOOKS (NOT NECESSARILY SINGABLE) WHICH EMBRACE MUSIC AS AN IMPORTANT AND ENRICHING PART OF OUR LIVES

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/picture-books-not-necessarily-singable-which-embrase-music-as-an-important-and-enriching-component-of-our-lives/

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Fok Singer Josh White on History Detecitves (“Believe” and “If not now, when?”)

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/folksinger-josh-white-on-history-detectives/

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For the Love of Ella – from MM’s Video Master Class of Classic Performances on YouTube (and the SPBs of Ella Fitzgerald)

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/for-the-love-of-ella-from-mms-video-master-class-of-classic-performances-on-youtube/

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Video Master Class in Live Performance Assembled by Michael Miyazaki

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/10/01/video-master-class-in-live-performance-assembled-by-michael-miyazaki/

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Singable Picture Books Celebrating February is African American History Month

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/singable-picture-books-celebrating-african-american-history-month/

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Singable Picture Book Lists for Special Occasions & Interests

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/song-book-lists-for-all-occasions/

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BLUES, THE BLUES
The Blues in Illustrated and Otherwise Musically Related Picture Books (yet another list inspired by Nikki)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/the-blues-in-illustrated-and-otherwise-musically-related-picture-books-yet-another-list-inspired-by-nikki/

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BOBBY MCFERRIN
Bobby McFerrin in Singable Picture Books (Plus, the Music Instinct and Catching Songs) 
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/bobby-mcferrin-the-music-instinct-science-song-catching-songs-and-in-singable-picture-books/

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TOLERANCE AND COMPASSION
Singable Picture Books Celebrating Tolerance and Compassion (another list inspired by Nikki)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/singable-picture-books-celebrating-tolerance-and-compassion-another-list-inspired-by-nikki/

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AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH

A list of Singable Picture Books that celebrate February is African American History Month
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/singable-picture-books-celebrating-african-american-history-month/

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MUSIC INSPIRED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS COLLECTED BY SING BOOKS WITH EMILY ON PINTEREST

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BROWN BABY READS
Brown Baby Reads, a Website and Database Committed to Literacy for African American Children

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AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC IN ILLUSTRATED SONG

Singable Picture Books Celebrating African American History Month with Songs, Poems and Illustrations by Prominent African American Artists as well as Musical Picture Books Celebrating Important African American Musical Artists
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/singable-picture-books-celebrating-african-american-history-month/

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MARLEY FAMILY
The Illustrated Songs of the Marley Family
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/illustrated-songs-of-the-marley-family/

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Emily’s Repertoire Selections for Performance to Celebrate African American Music in Illustrated Song During Tinner Blues Festival at Mary Riley Styles Library, Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 11 am – 11:45 am
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/06/09/emilys-repertoire-selections-for-library-visit-to-celebrate-african-american-music-in-illustrated-song-during-tinner-blues-festival-at-mary-riley-styles-library-june-11-2016/

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ADVICE, GOOD ADVICE
Illustrated songs that dole out a healthy helping of sound counsel
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/illustrated-songs-that-give-good-advice/

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