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Here is an interesting coincidence.  I  made up this list of songs for the 366 days of 2016 (and I realize only JUST now that I should have made it the 366 Days of Illustrated Song 2016) in early January 2016, choosing COAT OF MANY COLORS (as Illustrated by Judith Sutton) for 8/30/2016.  Just the other night, my husband and I watched a Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that we had saved up in the Tivo in which Jimmy interviewed Dolly Parton.  At the end of the interview, she announced that she had a new children’s book coming out, an illustration of COAT OF MANY COLORS (but this one, to be released mid-October 2016, illustrated by Brook Boynton-Hughes).  I’m delighted to see that this illustrated song popped up at the right time in the list of songs, so I could include it in the Sing Books archive.

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Coat of Many Colors
Words and Music by Dolly Parton
Illustrated by Brooke Boynton-Hughes

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coat of many colors
Coat of Many Colors
Words and Music by Dolly Parton
Illustrated by Judith Sutton

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Relates Posts

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Don’t Laugh at Me, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/dont-laugh-at-me-a-singable-picture-book/

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TOLERANCE, KINDNESS 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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Coat of Many Colors
Words and Music by Dolly Parton
Illustrated by Brooke Boynton-Hughes

This illustration will come with a downloadable song called, MAKING FUN AIN’T FUNNY, which makes me think of the wonderful anti-bullying song DON’T LAUGH AT ME.

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coat of many colors
Coat of Many Colors
Words and Music by Dolly Parton
Illustrated by Judith Sutton

This is an adorable illustration and, as I write this 8/30/2016, the only illustration currently available to sing the song.  I’m not sure I understand how these things work, since this illustration was published in 1994, but the lyrics as printed on the pages do not match any recording of the song.  This is frustrating, since, maybe it’s just me, one would naturally seek to read along with a recording.  Why would they change the lyric arrangement?  If you want to sing with the recording, the first bridge is in the wrong place, so you have to skip over the lyrics and then page backwards.  The book also includes an additional verse that is not part of the recordings, so if you want to try it (turning back and forth among the pages), you will run out of music before the book is over.

None of this takes away from the lovely, sweet illustrations.  But if you want to sing with a recording, it’s not going to be easy.

I have high hopes that the new illustration (being released in October 2016) will follow the recordings.  If it doesn’t, we’ll just have to live with it, since COAT OF MANY COLORS, really is a song worth sharing with kids.

Dolly Parton writes a wonderful dedication of the book to her mother, saying, “To my mother, Avie Lee Parton; to all the good mothers everywhere; and to anyone who has suffered the emotional pain of being made fun of, may this book be healing.”  You sure can’t beat that!

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Penguin/Random House Publishers webpage for Brooke Boynton-Hughes Illustration (released in October 2016)
http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/539425/coat-of-many-colors-by-dolly-parton-illustrated-by-brooke-boynton-hughes/9780451532374/

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Information about the Boynton-Hughes illustration on Dolly Parton’s website includes story of how she came to write the biographical song and an image of a two page illustrated spread from the book:
http://dollyparton.com/life-and-career/books/penguin-to-publish-coat-of-many-colors-with-all-new-illustrations/11722

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COAT OF MANY COLORS song wiki:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_Many_Colors_(song)

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Sing along with this instrumental/karaoke:

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Sing along with this instrumental/karaoke (this one includes the vocals):

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Note for COAT OF MANY COLORS as Day 242 of Sing Books With Emily’s 365 Days of Illustrated Song 2016

Here is an interesting coincidence.  I  made up this list of songs for the 366 days of 2016 (and I realize only JUST now that I should have made it the 366 Days of Illustrated Song 2016) in early January 2016, choosing COAT OF MANY COLORS (as Illustrated by Judith Sutton) for 8/30/2016.  Just the other night, my husband and I watched a Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that we had saved up in the Tivo in which Jimmy interviewed Dolly Parton.  At the end of the interview, she announced that she had a new children’s book coming out, an illustration of COAT OF MANY COLORS (but this one, to be released mid-October 2016, illustrated by Brook Boynton-Hughes).  I’m delighted to see that this illustrated song popped up at the right time in the list of songs, so I could include it in the Sing Books archive.

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Relates Posts

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Don’t Laugh at Me, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/dont-laugh-at-me-a-singable-picture-book/

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TOLERANCE, KINDNESS 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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If You’re Angry and You Know It
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Cecily Kaiser
Illustrated by Cary Pillo

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MOVEMENTS, FINGER PLAYS AND DANCES (ACTION SONGS)
Get Movin’!  MOVEMENTS, FINGER PLAYS AND DANCES in Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/get-movin-movements-finger-plays-and-dances-in-singable-picture-books/

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY PHOTO GALLERY
Performance and Illustrated Song Related Pictures of Sing Books with Emily
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/photogallery/

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I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago
Traditional Words and Tune (same tune as ”She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain“)
Words Adapted by Steven Kellogg
Illustrated by Steven Kellogg
ISBN 0-688-13412-2

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STEVEN KELLOGG
The Singable Picture Books of Steven Kellogg
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/05/24/singable-picture-books-of-steven-kellogg/

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GIRL SCOUT SONGS FOR TROOP 2740 RESOURCES PAGE
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/girl-scouts-songs-troop-2740/

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I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago, a Girl Scout Song for Troop 2740
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/i-was-born-about-ten-thousand-years-ago-a-girl-scout-song-for-troop-2740/
(Lyric page available at this link)

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“Read, Sing, Play ABC Sing-Along,” A Singable Book, Letter R (tune of “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain”)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/07/26/%E2%80%9Cread-sing-play-abc-sing-along%E2%80%9D-a-singable-book-letter-r-tune-of-%E2%80%9Cshell-be-comin-round-the-mountain%E2%80%9D/

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ELVIS PRESLEY

Singable Picture Books of Songs by Elvis Presley
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/11/elvis-week-singable-picture-books-of-songs-by-elvis-presley/

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A New Verse by Emily for “I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago” (maybe you could write one, too!)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/a-new-verse-by-emily-for-i-was-born-about-10000-years-ago-maybe-you-could-write-one-too/

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Hush-a-Bye Mountain
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Illustrated by Leanna Leithauser

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Sung by Dick Van Dyke, HUSHABYE MOUNTAIN is a lullaby written by the Sherman Brothers for the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

 

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Sing along with this beautiful guitar instrumental for the song:

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HUSHABYE MOUNTAIN
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
From the Movie Musical: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

A gentle breeze from Hushabye Mountain
Softly blows o’er Lullaby Bay
It fills the sails of boats that are waiting
Waiting to sail your worries away

It isn’t far to Hushabye Mountain
And your boat waits down by the key
The winds of night so softly are sighing
Soon they will fly your troubles to sea

So close your eyes on Hushabye Mountain
Wave goodbye to cares of the day
And watch your boat from Hushabye Mountain
Sail far away from Lullaby Bay
And watch your boat from Hushabye Mountain
Sail far away from Lullaby Bay

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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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SHERMAN BROTHERS

The Singable Picture Books of Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/singable-picture-books-of-richard-m-sherman-and-robert-b-sherman/

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Hush-a-Bye Mountain
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Illustrated by Leanna Leithauser

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Related Posts

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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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SHERMAN BROTHERS

The Singable Picture Books of Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/singable-picture-books-of-richard-m-sherman-and-robert-b-sherman/


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