Archive for February 2nd, 2017
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I’ve begun singing Irving Berlin’s setting of a section of Emma Lazarus’ poem THE NEW COLOSSUS with kids in their classrooms.
As I began singing it, though, I kept thinking that I should read them the whole poem (an Italian Sonnet, just a total of 14 lines) so that they know from what the little song comes.
It has worked very nicely to turn the whole thing into a piece. It gives a chance to talk about the Statue of Liberty, the history which brought her to her pedestal in New York Harbor, and the story of the immigrants who came on boats, landing at Ellis Island, seeking a better life in the United States of America.
I made a book that includes the whole poem, with pictures, to share with the children. Someone is usually available to volunteer and hold the book and turn pages, while I read the poem and then sing the last lines that make up the song:
THE NEW COLOSSUS (song Give Me Your Tired Your Poor)
Poem by Emma Lazarus
Music by Irving Berlin
Chords by ELEG for SBWE
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GIVE ME YOUR TIRED YOUR POOR, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
The New Colossus and Give Me Your Tired Your Poor, a song sheet for the poem and song
Guitar chords, a sing along sheet, a sing along book, and a scratch vocal for GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR
AMERICAN HISTORY IN ILLUSTRATED SONG
A list of Patriotic Singable Picture Books
GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK
Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
POETRY: SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SONGBOOK SERIES (SBWE SBS)
POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS
A List of Illustrated Compilations of Children’s Poetry with Singable Poems
POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
A Beautiful 1884 Deed of Gift from France for the Statue of Liberty Further Illuminates Irving Berlin Song Based on Emma Lazarus Poem