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This is the House that Jack Built, an Illustrated Song

Posted on: August 15, 2016

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This is the House that Jack Built

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrations by Simms Taback

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This is the House that Jack Built (Classic Books with Holes)

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Pam Adams
Classic Books with Holes Series

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House that Jack Built
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

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The House That Jack Built
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Jeanette Winter
ISBN-13: 978-0142301265

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house that jack built galdone
House the Jack Built
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Paul Galdone
Paul Galdone’s webpage for his illustration:
http://paulgaldone.com/the-house-that-jack-built/

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ADAPTATIONS

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The House That Biff Built

Words Adapted by Janet Campbell
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Tom Cooke

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The House that Drac Built

Traditional Tune (Sing to the tune of “The House that Jack Built”)
Words Adapted by Judy Sierra
Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

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SING ALONG MUSIC

The best sing along music (besides a track you would have made just for yourself to sing the song) I have found so far is the instrumental track that comes with:

This is the House that Jack Built (Classic Books with Holes)

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Pam Adams
Classic Books with Holes Series

If you buy the book that comes with a CD, the CD has two tracks, one with vocals and the other just instrumental.  The key and tempo are both good for singing and make it fun.  It works perfectly, of course, with the book it comes with, but I also tried it out wiht Sim’s Tabadk’s illustration and it works great wiht that one, too.  There isn’t enough music to sing the final page of Mr. Taback’s last page, but you can just turn past it for the final button and sing “And all of this happened inside of the house that Jack built.”

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ABOUT THE SONG

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I’ve always thought of HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT as a cumulative song, not as a nursery rhyme that has been set to music.  But, most places I’ve researched have called it a Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme

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This is the House that Jack Built wiki:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Is_the_House_That_Jack_Built

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this is the house that jack built taback

Simms Taback’s illustration says about the song that it is, “a favorite rhyme for children for several centuries, was first published in 1755 and probably derived from an ancient Hebrew chant in the 16th century.  It was illustrated by Randolph Caldecott in 1878.”

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This is the House that Jack Built is featured in:
oxford dictionary of nursery rhymes new edition
Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (New Edition)
Exploring Over 500 Rhymes, Songs and Riddles
Edited by Iona and Peter Opie
Published by Oxford University Press, 1997

To find it, look under the index of first lines, “This is the House that Jack Built”

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RELATED POSTS

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SIMMS TABACK

The Singable Picture Books of Author/Illustrator Simms Taback
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/the-singable-picture-books-of-simms-taback/

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PAUL GALDONE
The Illustrated Songs of Paul Galdone
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/07/28/the-illustrated-songs-of-illustrator-paul-galdone/

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MOTHER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES: SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SONGBOOK SERIES (SBWE SBS)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/11/21/sing-books-with-emily-songbook-series-mother-goose-nursery-rhymes/

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MOTHER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES FOR SBWE
A compilation of Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme titles linked to posts about the rhymes so you can learn more and sing along
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/nursery-rhymes-and-mother-goose-for-sbwe/

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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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