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One Love (Based on the Song by Bob Marley) 
Words and Music by Bob Marley
Adapted by Cedella Marley
Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

This is a wonderfully illustrated book and the words (adapted by Cedella Marley from her father’s song) are warm, loving, inclusive, and important.

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The book trailer sings some of the book’s adapted words for you:

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The ONE LOVE page on Chronicle Books publisher webpage:
http://www.chroniclebooks.com/titles/one-love.html

This link includes the book trailer and also a short video by adapter (and Bob Marely’s daughter) Cedella Marley.

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ONE LOVE page on Scholastic website:
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/one-love

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VALENTINE’S DAY
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this collection of Singable Picture Books which express one person’s love for another.

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/singable-picture-books-celebrating-love-for-valentines-day

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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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every little thing marley brantley newton
Every Little Thing (Based on the Song “Three Little Birds by Bob Marley)
Words and Music by Bob Marley
Adapted by Cedella Marley
Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

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i love you too ziggy marley jatkowska
I Love You, Too
Words and Music by Ziggy Marley
Illustrated by Ag Jatkowska

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One Love (Based on the Song by Bob Marley) 
Words and Music by Bob Marley
Adapted by Cedella Marley
Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

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Three Little Birds
Book by Cedella Marley and Gerald Hausman
Adapted from the Song by Bob Marley
Illustrated by Mariah Fox

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VALENTINE’S DAY
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this collection of Singable Picture Books which express one person’s love for another.

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/singable-picture-books-celebrating-love-for-valentines-day

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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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scintillate scintillate globule vivific by ELEG for SBWE
SCINTILLATE, SCINTILLATE ILLUSTRATED SONG SHEET WITH CHORDS BY ELEG FOR SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Page Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this page, click here:
scintillate scintillate globule vivific by ELEG for SBWE

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MANY SONGS, ONE TWINKLY TUNE
Twinkle, ABC, Baa are only 3 of the many songs that use the same familiar tune
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/abc-twinkle-star-baa-blacksheep-singable-books-and-all-the-fix-ins-and-a-youre-adorable-too/

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SING ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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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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SONG/BOOK SETS

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songbook-sets/

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY VIDEO SERIES

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/video-series/

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LULLABIES IN SINGLE SONG SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/illustrated-lullabies-in-single-singable-picture-books/

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LULLABIES: ILLUSTRATED LULLABIES IN COMPILATIONS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/illustrated-lullabies-in-compilations/

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5 Songs, 1 Tune: a Set of Illustrated Songs
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/sbwe-singable-picture-book-set-5-songs-1-tune/

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ABCs, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/abcs-an-illustrated-song/

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Ah vous dirai-je Maman, an Illustrated Song Sheet by ELEG for SBWE for the Cute French Nursery Song, from which Came the Tune for Twinkle Little Star
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/ah-vous-dirais-je-maman-an-illustrated-song-sheet-by-eleg-for-sbwe-for-the-cute-french-nursery-song-from-which-came-the-tune-for-twinkle-little-star/

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Baa Baa Blacksheep, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/baa-baa-blacksheep-an-illustrated-song/

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Oh Mother Dear Please Listen Up, a Singable English Translation/Adaptation of French Nursery Song, Illustrated Song Sheet avec Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/ah-vous-dirais-je-maman-a-singable-translation-and-song-sheet-with-guitar-chords-by-eleg-for-sbwe/

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Scintillate Globule Vivific, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/scintillate-scintillate-globule-vivific-an-illustrated-song-sheet/

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TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE BAT, an Illustrated Song

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/twinkle-twinkle-little-bat-a-singable-poem-with-pictures-and-a-play-on-a-classic/

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TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/twinkle-little-star-the-song-the-list/

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ZYXs, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/zyxs-an-illustrated-song/

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

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FRIENDSHIP
A collection of songs celebrating friendship (and the things that make it possible)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/05/08/friendship-in-illustrated-song/

The value of a song like this is that it is a song everyone knows almost without even knowing that they know it.  Singing a well known song together creates a shared, community event, even when the song is as simple and sweet as this one.

And children love it when they can sing, and share with each other, something they know.  It gives them joy and confidence.

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

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THE MORE WE GET TOGETHER
Traditional Words and Tune

The more we get together
Together, together
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be.

‘Cause your friends
Are my friends
And my friends
Are your friends.

The more we get together
The happier we’ll be.

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THE MORE WE GET TOGETHER, wiki:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_More_We_Get_Together

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This song uses the same tune as DID YOU EVER SEE A LASSIE.  Both tunes use an old Austrian tune (a walzing polka), Oh du lieber Augustin.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol_yvHK3P3U

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FRIENDSHIP
A collection of songs celebrating friendship (and the things that make it possible)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/05/08/friendship-in-illustrated-song/

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Red Red Robin Lori Lee Stultz Cover
Red, Red Robin
Words and Music by Harry Woods
Illustrated by Lori Lee Stultz

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Writing 5/22/2016, A dream came true today!

The story starts about 12 years ago when I took a cabaret class at a church in NW Washington, DC to work on some songs.  One of the other singers sang, RED RED ROBIN. I’d heard the song, but not thought much about until then.  That robin song has been hopping through my mind ever since.  When I started Singing Books and making music to sing illustrated songs discovered at the library and at used, retail and online bookstores, I also began to wish for illustrations of song that I couldn’t find.  RED RED ROBIN was at the top of the list.

Now, whenever a poor unfortunate artist crosses my path, I can’t help myself but regale that person with the wonders of illustrated song and what a great project that would make for them. Writing that, it is obvious why I’ve not had a lot of success in this endeavor.  Artists need to be inspired on their own.  Inspiration cannot be forced! This is especially true since I’m not a publisher with money as inspiration to offer, it is just me begging for pictures to sing with.

One day a few years ago, I visited my friend Lori Lee’s house to discover that she is an artist.  Beside myself, I began spewing forth about songs (including RED RED ROBIN) that were just begging for pictures.  Somehow, by magic, she was interested in the idea!

What is REALLY REALLY MAGIC is the result!

Her work on the pictures of these these birds in their collage landscapes exceeds my grandest hopes.  I didn’t have any expectations, honestly, but these pictures are just so, so wonderful.  Look at those colors and the birds’ adorable exuberance!

To write here that I’m excited about this project, just simply doesn’t cover it.  I’ve got this amazing vehicle to share this wonderful old song with children in libraries and classrooms.  It is magic and pure joy!

THANK YOU LORI LEE for sharing your artistic talents and giving the world a new book to sing!!
I hope you illustrate lots more songs.  You’ve really go something here!

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Lori Lee’s Story for the Book:

Lori Lee told me that she used pastels, inks, and collage, then smeared the whole thing with Mod Podge, a decoupage medium, to create the marvelous pictures for this song.

She also tells some of her story on the book’s dedication:

Red Robin dedication page for book

Click the picture to enlarge.

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A good sing-along track:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004GZYFAG?ie=UTF8&keywords=melinda%20caroll%2C%20red%20robin&qid=1463927098&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

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I love Carmen McRae’s rerndition:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_HThbCF7_Q

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I love Steve Goodman’s rendition, too:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q-vBRJRO40

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I’ve got a feeling that Melinda Caroll was inspired by Rosie Flores’ rockabilly rendition which is joyful and fun:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYVRl-1nG_U

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Some interesting info on the song’s origins, here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_the_Red,_Red_Robin_(Comes_Bob,_Bob,_Bobbin%27_Along)

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RED RED ROBIN
Words and Music by Harry Woods

I heard a robin this mornin’
I’m feelin’ happy today
Gonna pack my cares in a whistle
And blow them all away

What if I been unlucky
Really, I ain’t got a thing
There’s a time I always feel happy
As happy as a king

When the red red robin
Comes bob bob bobbin’
Along, along
There’ll be no more sobbin’
When he starts throbbin’
His old sweet song

Wake up, wake up you sleepy head
Get up, get out o’ bed
Cheer up, cheer up the sun is red
Live, love, laugh and be happy

What if I’ve been blue
Now I’m walking through
Fields of flowers
Rain may glisten
But still I listen
For hours and hours

I’m just a kid again,
Doin’ what I did again
Singin’ a song
When the red red robin
Comes bob bob bobbin’along

When the red red robin
Comes bob bob bobbin’
Along, along
There’ll be no more sobbin’
When he starts throbbin’
His old sweet song

Wake up, wake up you sleepy head
Get up, get out o’ bed
Cheer up, cheer up the sun is red
Live, love, laugh and be happy

What if I’ve been blue
Now I’m walking through
Fields of flowers
Rain may glisten
But still I listen
For hours and hours

I’m just a kid again,
Doin’ what I did again
Singin’ a song
When the red red robin
Comes bob bob bobbin’
Red red robin comes bob bob bobbin’
When the red red robin
Comes bob bob bobbin’ along.

 

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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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BIRDS

For the love of birds!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/for-the-birds-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-to-celebrate-our-tuneful-feathered-friends/


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