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This year, I got to pay many visits each to Ashlawn Elementary School, Carlin Springs Elementary School and Timber Lane Elementary School and Tuckahoe Elementary School in the classes of Ms. Anctil (K), Ms. Allen (2), Ms. Andersen (aka Miss Robin, Pre-K), Ms. Campbell (K), Ms. Coffman (3), Ms. Everett (K), Ms. George (1), Mr. Grasso (3), Ms. Harris (K), Ms. Howard (2), Mr. Koppelman (2), Mr. Mitchell (K), Ms. Morgan (K), Ms. Resutek (1), Ms. Robinson (1), Ms Sackett (1),  Ms. Slovensky (1), Ms. Strickland (3), and Ms. Trojan (1).

What a fantastic year for Sing Books with such amazing teachers and wonderful kids.  In each of the over 200 performances in the 2014/2015 school year, we sang a selection of the following approximately 140 songs, listed in (mostly) alphabetical order:

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ABCs Chart with ASL Alphabet and Guitar Chords for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Card Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this card, click here:
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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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AH VOUS DIRAI-JE MAMAN ILLUSTRATED SONG SHEET WITH GUITAR CHORDS BY ELEG FOR SBWE
Traditional Words and Tun
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this sheet, click here:
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Amoeba Hop
Words and Music by Christine Lavin
Illustrated by Betsy Franco Feeney
This book features a study of amoeba life, printed music and a live recording of “Amoeba Hop” by the amazingly hilarious and talented singer/songwriter

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A My Name is ALICE
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Jane Bayer
Illustrated by Steven Kellogg

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Animal Fair

Traditional Tune
Words Adapted by Ponder Goembel
Illustrated by Ponder Goembel

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Ants Go Marching (Classic Books with Holes)

Traditional Words and Tune (sing to the tune of, When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
Illustrated by Dan Crisp

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A-You’re Adorable with ASL Alphabet
Words and Music by Buddy Kaye, Fred Wise and Sidney Lippman
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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Baa Baa Black Sheep Song Sheet with Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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Baa!  Baa!  Black Sheep
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

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Baa Baa Blacksheep with Sing Books with Emily


www.youtube.com/watch?v=d79HcTlpAgw
Recorded and directed by Judy Simmons
Related Post:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/the-sing-books-with-emily-youtube-channel-and-video-series-today-lets-sing-baa-baa-blacksheep/

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The Backwards Birthday Party
Music and Lyrics by Tom Chapin and John Forster
Illustrated by Chuck Groeninck

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BEAUTIFUL SOUP
Words by Lewis Carroll
From ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
Adaptation of the Poem “Star Of The Evening,” by James M. Sayle
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustration Adaptation of Andy Warhol’s Green Pea Soup Can from Campbell’s Soup I (1969)

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Beethoven’s Wig
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Words by Richard Perlmutter
Illustrated by Maria Rosetti

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The Big Bell and the Little Bell

Words and Music by Martin Kalmanoff
Illustrated by Alastair Graham

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Birds, a Poetic Companion (Inspired by Jack Prelutsky’s “Bird Lullaby”)
Music by Jack Prelutsky
Photos of birds found online and by Erika Edelberg

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Blowin’ in the Wind
Words and Music by Bob Dylan
Illustrated by Jon Muth

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Both Sides Now
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Alan Baker
ISBN 0-590-45668-7

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The Christmas Song: Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

Words and Music by Mel Torme and Robert Wells
Illustrated by Doris Barrette

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The Circle Game
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Brian Deines

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C’mon an Swing in My Tree (The Sunflowers)
Words and Music by Michael Taylor Fontaine
Illustrated by Giselle Potter

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COTTLESTON PIE
Poem by A. A. Milne
Music by Harold Fraser-Simson
To view or print this sheet, click here:
COTTLESTON PIE little song sheet sbwe

Sing the song with Emily’s sing-along track, here

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COTTLESTON PIE
Poem by A. A. Milne
Music by Harold Fraser-Simson

Sing the song with Emily’s sing-along track, here

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Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for Your Eyes
Words and Music by Kristin Andreassen and Megan Downes
This book is for classroom use only.

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Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for Your Eyes Coloring Page
To view or print this coloring page, click here:
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Coloring Page Assembled by Sing Books with Emily

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Dinosaur Pet
Inspired by the Music and Lyrics of the Song “Calendar Girl” by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield
Children’s Lyrics by Marc Sedaka
Illustrated by Tim Bowers

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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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Do Re Mi / Doe a Deer
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
From the Musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC
For classroom use only.

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Do Re Mi Poster for Sing Books
You can use this poster when singing Do Re Mi / Doe a Deer
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Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky Participation Cards for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Cards Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print these cards, click here:
down by the banks participation cards for SBWE

If you need help with the tune, sing with Emily’s Scratch Guide:

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Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky (Counting Song or Circle Game)
Traditional Words and Tune
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
down by the banks of the hanky panky

If you need help with the tune, sing with Emily’s Scratch Guide:

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Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel!
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Shahar Kober

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Dry Bones (Classic Books with Holes)

Traditional Spiritual Words and Tune
Illustrated by Kate Edmunds

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Dry Bones (with Seraphine the Skeletine)
Traditional Words and Tune

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Easter Parade
Words and Music by Irving Berlin
Illustrated by Lisa McCue
Published by HarperCollinsPublishers, New York
ISBN 0-06-029125-7

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The Erie Canal
Traditional Words and tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier

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A Fairy Went A-Marketing
Poem by Rose Fyleman
Illustrated by Jamichael Henterly
Musical Setting can be found by Ginger Sands on her collection “The Gift of Make Believe

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The Farmer in the Dell
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Ilse Plume

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Feliz Navidad

Words and Music by Jose Feliciano
Illustrated by David Diaz

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Fifty Nifty States
Words and Music by Ray Charles
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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Five Little Pumpkins

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino

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For Baby (For Bobbie)
Words and Music by John Denver
Adapted and Illustrated by Janeen Mason
ISBN: 987-1-58469-120-4
This book includes printed music, pages of information about the illustrations, and a CD with John Denver’s recording.

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Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night (An Old Song), 2014 Reissue
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier

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Frosty the Snowman
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Performed by Kenny Loggins
Illustrated by Wade Zahares
ISBN 978-1-62354-012-8

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The Gettysburg Address
Words by Abraham Lincoln
Music by Mrs. Patel’s 6th Grade Class (Woodmere Elementary School, Woodmere, New York, 1962)
Inscribed and Illustrated by Sam Fink
Sing this song with the accompaniment and melody line, played here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-gettysburg-address-piano

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Goodbye, Summer Song Sheet with Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Words and Music by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Art by Eloise Gleichenhaus
To view or print this sheet, click here:
goodbye summer by eleg 4 sbwe

Sing with Emily, here:

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Grateful (A Song of Giving Thanks)
Words and Music by John Bucchino
Illustrated by Anna-Liisa Hakkarainen

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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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Halfway Down
Poem by A. A. Milne
Music by Harold Fraser-Simson
Illustration by Various Artists

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Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Susan L. Roth

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Hanukkah, Oh Hanukka
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Olga and Aleksey Ivanov

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HELPING
P. 74 of Free to Be You and Me (Special 35th  Anniversary Edition)
Pgs. 104-105 Print the Music for this Song
Words and Music by Shel Silverstein
Illustrated by Monica Sheehan

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Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Illustrated by Pamela R. Levy

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Hey Diddle Diddle Song Sheet with Guitar Chords
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustration by Milo Winter
Illustration from Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
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The Hippopotamus Song
Words by Michael Flanders
Music by Donald Swann and Michael Flanders
Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
ISBN: 0-316-28557-9
This book features printed sheet music

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Honeyky Hanukah
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Dave Horowitz
With CD Recording by The Klezmatics

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How Doth the Little Busy Bee Song Sheet with Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Poem by Isaac Watts
Traditional Tune
Song Sheet Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
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HOW DOTH THE LITTLE CROCODILE BOOK FOR SBWE 
Poem by Lewis Carroll
From ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Traditional Tune
Crocodile Art by Mo Gleichenhaus

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HOW DOTH THE LITTLE CROCODILE SONG SHEET W GUITAR CHORDS BY ELEG FOR SBWE
Poem by Lewis Carroll
From ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Music by Various Artists
Crocodile Art by Mo Gleichenhaus
To view or print this PDF song sheet, click here:
how doth the little crocodile sheet – w chords portrait

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Hurry!  It’s Lovely Up Here
Words by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Burton Lane
From the Musical: ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER
This book is for classroom use only.

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I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More
Words by Karen Beaumont
Illustrated by David Catrow

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I Can Sing a Rainbow
Words and Music by Arthur Hamilton
Book Assembled by Sing Books with Emily
This book is for home and classroom use only.

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I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon
Words and Music by Jeff Moss
Pictures Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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If You’re Happy and You Know it (Eighteen Story Songs Set to Pictures by Nicki Weiss)

Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Nicki Weiss

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I Have a Little Dreidel

Traditional Tune
Words by Maxie Baum
Illustrated by Julie Paschkis

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Before we sing this song, we look at a notebook with images of the masterworks of art parodied by the illustrator in this delightful book!
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I Know and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel
Adaptation by Caryn Yacowitz
Illustrated by David Slonim

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I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie

Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Alison Jackson
Illustrated by Judy Schachner

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I LOVE TRASH
Words and Music by Jeff Moss
Illustrations Collected from Various Sources

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I’m a Manatee
Words by John Lithgow
Music by Bill Elliott
Illustrated by Ard Hoyt
This book includes a vocal and instrumental track on a sing-along CD as well as a printed music…TERRIFIC!!

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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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I’m Late
From Disney’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Words by Bob Hilliard
Music by Sammy Fain
This book is for home and classroom use only.

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Inch by Inch (The Garden Song)
Words and Music by David Mallett
Illustrated by Ora Eitan

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I Love You a Bushel and a Peck

Words and Music by Frank Loesser
Illustrated by Rosemary Wells

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I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

Traditional Words and Tune
Edited by Ann Owen
Illustrated by Sandra D’Antonio

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I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
Words and Music by John Rox
Illustrations by Bruce Whatley

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Jamberry
Traditional Tune (Sing to the Tune of “One Little, Two Little”)
Text and Pictures by Bruce Degen

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Jingle Bells…Oh, What fun it is to ride in a one…horse…o…pen…SLEIGH!
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Jingle Bells Sung with Limberjack Horse
Poem by James Lord Pierpont
Traditional Tune

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Jingle Bells,”
a page for the Sing Books with Emily SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR
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Jingle Bells
Poem by James Lord Pierpont
Traditional  Tune
To view or print this SBWE Singable Advent Calendar page for “Jingle Bells,” click here:
SBWE Advent Calendar Jingle Bells

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Last Song
Poem by James Guthrie
Music by Emily Gleichenhaus and Paul Raiman
Pictures Assembled by Emily Gleichenhaus
To view or print this book, click here:
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Sing-Along with Emily:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/last-song

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Late for School

Words and Music by Steve Martin
Illustrated by C.F. Payne
Published by Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group, New York, 2010
ISBN 978-044-6-55702-3

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Love Me Tender
Words Elvis Presley, Vera Matson (credited),  Ken Darby (uncredited)
Music by George R. Poulton
Illustrated by Tom Browning

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Lydia the Tattooed Lady
Words by Yip Harburg
Music by Harold Arlen

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Mail Myself to You
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home and library use only.

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MANY SONGS, ONE TWINKLY TUNE MANY SONGS COLLECTION FOR SING BOOKS WITH EMILY BINDER COVER
To view or print this page, click here:
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MANY SONGS, ONE TWINKLY TUNE COLLECTION FOR SING BOOKS WITH EMILY BRIEF HISTORY
To view or print this page, click here:
one twinkly tune many songs brief history

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

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The Marvelous Toy
Words and Music by Tom Paxton
Illustrated by Steve Cox

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Me and My Animal Friends
Words and Music by Ralph Covert
Illustrated by Laurie Keller

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Monster Mash
Words and Music by Bobby Pickett and Leonard Capizzi
Illustrated by David Catrow
ISBN 978-0545214797

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

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The Music is You
Music and Lyrics by John Denver
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This book is for classroom or home use only.

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My Favorite Things
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrations by Renee Graef

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My Favorite Things

Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrated by James Warhola

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Octopus’s Garden
Words and Music by Ringo Starr
Illustrated by Ben Cort

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Oh Mother Dear Please Listen Up by ELEG for SBWE
Oh Mother Dear Please Listen Up Song Sheet avec Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Sing to the Tune of Twinkle Little Star
Words by Emily Gleichenhaus
Adapted from Ah vous dirais-je Maman
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
Oh Mother Dear Please Listen Up by ELEG for SBWE

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Old King Cole Sing Along Sheet with Guitar Chords for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Page Assembled by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this page, click here:
old king cole w chords 4 sbwe

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Old King Cole Sing Along Booklet for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Book Assembled by Sing Books with Emily

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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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Over the Rainbow
Words and Music by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret
Published by Imagine Publishing Inc.
ISBN 978-1-936140-00-8 (2010 hardcover)

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Over the River and Through the Wood
Traditional Tune
Poem by Lydia Maria Child
Illustrated by Matt Tavares
Post for this special illustration:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/a-new-ride-over-the-river/

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Over the River and Through the Wood
Traditional Tune
Poem By Lydia Maria Child
Illustrated by Christopher Manson

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Over the River and Through the Wood
Traditional Tune
Poem By Lydia Maria Child
Illustrated by Brinton Turkle

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The Owl and the Pussycat

Words by Edward Lear
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustrated by James Marshall
(The poem has been set to music a few times. But, for a tune to sing along, I suggest the “Owl and the Pussycat,” vocal track by Lorraine Nelson Wolf on her album “Come Follow Me,” Track 16)
Sing “O&P” along with Emily:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/o-p-eleg-061909

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Preamble
Art by Mike Wilkins (1987)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
http://americanart.si.edu
Sing this with THE PREAMBLE SONG from SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK   (and FIFTY NIFTY STATES, too!)
Preamble Song
Words and Music by Lynn Ahrens
Preamble Text by Gouverneur Morris
From SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK

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Preamble Song
Preamble Text by Gouverneur Morris
Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
From SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK 

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Preamble of the Constitution of the United States of America
Sing this with THE PREAMBLE SONG from SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK 
Preamble Song
Preamble Text by Gouverneur Morris
Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Page Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this page, click here:
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Preamble of the Constitution of the United States of America
Sing this with THE PREAMBLE SONG from SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK 
Preamble Song
Preamble Text by Gouverneur Morris
Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Page Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this page, click here:
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Presidents Name Song for Sing Books with Emily
Song Intro by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Illustrations and Layout Compiled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Sing Sing Books with Emily’s The Presidents Name Song with the melody sing-along track, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/presidentsnamesong-melody
If you are interested in a copy of this book, please email: SingBooksWithEmily.att.net, or leave a comment to this post.

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Puff the Magic Dragon
Words and Music by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret

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Rhode Island is Famous for You
Words by Howard Dietz
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

This book is for home and classroom use only.

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Rubber Duckie
Words and Music by Jeffrey Moss
Book Assembled for Sing Books with Emily

This book is for home and classroom use only.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Words and Music by Johnny Marks
Published by World International Publishing Limited, Great Britain, 1989
ISBN #: 7235-8891-0
This is the only copy I’ve ever found of “Rudolph” the SONG.  All other Rudolphs I’ve found have been the original story book by Robert L. May (the story upon which the song is based).  It will be great fun to sing the song with the youngsters.  They are going to love it!

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Original Story by Robert L. May
Written for Montgomery Ward Department Store in 1939
Illustrated by Denver Gillen
Set to Music by Johnny Marks (1948)
(I created a sing-along book for Johnny Mark’s tune with the Denver Gillen Illustrations.  Fun to sing!)

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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:
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Señor Pancho Had a Rancho (and Old MacDonald)
Words by René Colato Laínez,
Illustrated by Elwood Smith
(Holiday House, $16.95)
978-0-8234-2632-4

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She'll Be Comin Round the Mountain SBWE

She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Emily for SBWE
Page by SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
She’ll Be Comin Round the Mountain SBWE

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I assembled this version of song to sing with the fun clickety clack of the Limberjack Horse:
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She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Jonathan Emmett
Illustrated by Deborah Allwright
(This book features printed music on the end papers and actions to go along with the responses to each verse)

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Simple Gifts ELEG for SBWE
Simple Gifts Song Sheet with Guitar Chords for SBWE
Words and Music by Elder Joseph Brackett
Guitar Chords and Arrangement by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
Simple Gifts ELEG for SBWE

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Simple Gifts (The Shaker Hymn)

Words and Music by Elder Joseph Brackett
Illustrated by Chris Raschka
(You might also enjoy a post about “Simple Gifts at the White House“:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/23/simple-gifts-at-the-white-house/
And other Related Posts as well.)
This song seems simple, but it is rich with profound ideas.  And you can sing it fast and you can sing it slow.  You can sing it in a round and you can sing it solo.  You can sing it a-capella or you with another fella…this song is simply a wonderful thing…

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MyRehearsalPianist.com to created a minor key arrangement for me to sing at the beginning of this one for the bird who has trouble flying…
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Sing…sing a song
Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

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The sing along arrangement for this one is a happy major key all the way through…

Sing (Sing-A-Song Storybook)

Words and Music by Joe Raposo
Illustrated by Kenn Backhaus

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Smokey the Bear (Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1952

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Smokey the Bear (Conservation Pledge, Flip side of Smokey the Bear Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1952

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Smokey the Bear (Illustrated Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Pictures Assembled from Resources Online
This book is for classroom use only.

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Snuggle Puppy

Words by Sandra Boynton
Music by Sandra Boynton and Michael Ford
Illustrated by Sandra Boynton

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Star Spangled Banner

Words by Francis Scott Key
Music by J. Stafford Smith
Illustrated by Todd Ouren

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2014 edition with new cover art
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Star Spangled Banner, 2014 Reissue
Words by Francis Scott Key
Music by J. Stafford Smith
Illustrated by Peter Spier

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Sunshine on My Shoulders
Words by John Denver
Music by John Denver, Mike Taylor & Dick Kniss
Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

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The Surrey with the Fringe on Top

Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrated by James Warhola

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Sweet Suffolk Owl
Poem Attributed to an Anonymous Author
Music by Thomas Vautor (1619) (Thomas Vautor’s musical setting: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbkTP7NJXME )
Music by Richard Hundley (1981) (Richard Hundley’s musical setting: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCOijXQEeqk)
Illustrations Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
You can sing-along with this book I assembled, to view or print, click here:
sweet suffolk owl book for singing

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The Swing
Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Julie Morstad
Originally Published in A Child’s Garden of Verses
ISBN 978-1897476482
Sing “The Swing” with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-swing-rls-eleg-sbwe

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The Swing
Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Linda Bleck
Published in A Children’s Treasury of Poems

Sing “The Swing” with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-swing-rls-eleg-sbwe

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The Swing
Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Jane Dyer
From Talking Like the Rain (a First Book of Poems)

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The Swing

Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Esther Friend, p. 132 of Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
Originally Published in A Child’s Garden of Verses
To view or print this page, click here:
SWING RLS childcraft Friend ELEG type

Sing “The Swing” with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-swing-rls-eleg-sbwe

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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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Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Words by Jack Norworth
Music by Albert Von Tilzer
Illustrated by Amiko Hirao
Performed by Carly Simon
This edition gets a GOLD STAR for including the FULL song (both verses and chorus) and a fabulous recording of Carly Simon and her delightful arrangement she made for Ken Burn’s documentary Baseball.

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Talking Like the Rain (a First Book of Poems)
Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Selected by X. J. Kennedy and Dorothy M. Kennedy
Illustrated by Jane Dyer

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The Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Words and Music by Jimmy Kennedy
Illustrated by Michael Hague
ISBN 978-0-8050-5349-4

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There’s a Train Out for Dreamland
Music and Lyrics by Frederich H. Heider and Carl Kress
Illustrated by Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer
ISBN 978-0-06-058022-3

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There Was a Little Turtle/The Little Turtle
Poem by Vachel Linsay
Traditional Tune
Book Assembled by ELEG for SBWE
Sing LITTLE TURTLE with Emily, here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/there-was-a-little-turtle-eleg-2010

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated and designed by Jeremy Holmes
(This version is sooooooooo cool!  The old lady’s eyes shut when you turn the last page)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZlj_Yszp3U

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There Was an Old Man with a Beard

Limerick by Edward Lear
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Jane Dyer
From Talking Like the Rain (a First Book of Poems)
Sing the limerick tune with Emily, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/limerick-tune-there-was-an-old

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There Was an Old Woman Tossed Up in a Basket
Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by ELEG
Guitar Chords by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Illustration by Ursula Koering
From Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
Page Coordinated by ELEG
To view or print this page, click here:
tossed up in a basket eleg 4 sbwe

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There Was an Old Woman Tossed Up in a Basket
(Also called OLD WOMAN OLD WOMAN)
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustration by Blanche Fisher Wright
From THE REAL MOTHER GOOSE

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There Was an Old Woman Tossed Up in a Basket
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustration by Nancy Spence Klein
From Wee Sing Nursery Rhymes and Lullabies

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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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Time to Rise
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
From A Child’s Garden of Verses
Tune by Various Artists including Joanie Bartles
Illustration by E. Mars and M. H. Squire

This illustration, found here:
http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/child_garden_verses/index.htm

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Time to Rise
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
From A Child’s Garden of Verses
Tune by Various Artists including Joanie Bartles
Illustration by Alice and Martin Provensen

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Time to Rise
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
From A Child’s Garden of Verses
Tune by Various Artists including Joanie Bartles
Illustration by Brian Wildsmith

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Time to Rise
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
Poem from A Child’s Garden of Verses
Tune by Various Artists including Joanie Bartles
Illustration by Tomid dePaola
Illustration from Tomie’s Little Book of Poems

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Tomorrow
Words by Martin Charnin
Music by Charles Strouse
From the Musical ANNIE
For classroom use only.

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Favorite Lyric from
TOMORROW
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
tomorrow 4 sbwe i love ya tomorrow

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TOMORROW Poster 4 SBWE
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
tomorrow sbwe poster

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat
Published in: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Traditional Tune, Same as “ABC Song” and “Baa Blacksheep
Words by Lewis Carroll
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Click here to view or print the book:
twinkle bat book
Sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat” along with me, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/twinkle-little-bat-eleg-2010

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Twinkle Little Bat Song Sheet w Chords  by ELEG for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Lewis Carroll
Poster Card by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Click here to view or print the poster card:
TWINKLE LITTLE BAT (L. Carroll) song card w chords 4 sbwe

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Twinkle Little Star Song Sheet with Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Words by Jane Taylor
Traditional Tune
Page Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus for SBWE
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
twinkle little star sheet w chords by ELEG for SBWE

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Poem by Jane Taylor
Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
This gorgeously illustrated book gets a gold star for using the mostly unacknowledged FULL text of the poem.

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Twinkle Little Star
Traditional Tune
From the Poem by Ann and Jane Taylor
Illustrated by Lesley Harker
To view or print this book, click here:
twinkle little star eleg sbwe

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United States State Capitals Song
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

Sing Along with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/us-state-capitals-song-sbwe

If you are interested in a copy of this book, please email: SingBooksWithEmily.att.net, or lave a comment to this post.

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United States State Capitals Song
USA Map with Capital Stars for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this map, click here:
USA map with colors & capital stars SBWE

Sing Along with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/us-state-capitals-song-sbwe

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Waking Up is Hard to Do
Music and Lyrics by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield
Children’s Lyrics by Neil Sedaka
Illustrated by Daniel Miyares

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Waltzing Matilda
Traditional Folk Tune Arranged by Christina Macpherson
Poem by A.B. “Banjo” Paterson
Illustrated by Desmond Digby

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Waltzing Matilda (Refrain Poster Card)
Traditional Folk Tune Arranged by Christina Macpherson
Poem by A.B. “Banjo” Paterson
Card by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To print or view the above poster featuring the “Waltzing Matilda” refrain lyrics, click here:
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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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What a Wonderful World (Sing-A-Song Storybook)
Words and Music by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele
Illustrated by Renee Graef

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When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer
Words by Walt Whitman
Music by Various Artists
Pictures by Loren Long

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White Christmas (Irving Berlin’s)
Words and Music by Irving Berlin
Illustrated By Michael Hague

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WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND (with Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE)
Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Traditional Tune
To view or print the SBWE Singable Poster Sheet with Chords for “Who Has Seen the Wind,” click here:
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WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND
Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Jane Dyer
From Talking Like the Rain (a First Book of Poems)

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Who is on the United States Money Song
Sing to the Tune of the Can-Can
Words by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Pictures Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Hear the song and sing-along with Emily at this link:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/who-is-on-the-us-money-song

If you are interested in a copy of this book, please email: SingBooksWithEmily.att.net, or leave a comment to this post.

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Winter Song
Poem by William Shakespeare
From Shakespeare’s play LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST
Introduction by Alice Provensen
Illustrated by Melanie Hall
Musical Settings by Various Artists (Including Thomas Arne)
Sing-along with Emily’s instrumental, prepared by Paul Raiman (www.MyRehearsalPianist.com)

(This poem may also be known as “Winter Song,” “Winter’s Song,” “Winter,” “Owl Song,” and, by its first line, “When icicles hang by the wall”)

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Winter Wonderland (Sleigh Bells Ring, Are You Listening?)

Words by Dick Smith
Music by Felix Bernard
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
1992, ISBN 0-0439-13657-1

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Wise Old Owl Song Sheet with Chords for Sing Books with Emily
Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this sheet, click here:
wise old owl w chords eleg sbwe
Sing Along with Emily:

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Wise Old Owl Song Sheet with Chords (Picture by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone)
Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
Illustration by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone
From My Best Book of Rhymes
To view or print this sheet, click here:
wise old owl w chords johnstone
Sing Along with Emily:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/zyxs-eleg-2010

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Related Posts
This is only a partial list of lists that relate directly to the songs above.  For a full list of lists that relate to the songs above, visit:
SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK LISTS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND INTERESTS
Lists of Illustrated Songs for singing and exploring specific subjects

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

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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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A-CAPELLA-PALOOZA
A list of fantastic Singable Picture Books you can sing without musical accompaniment
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/08/acapellapalooza/

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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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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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ANIMALS: FAVORITE SONGS
Emily’s Favorite Illustrated Songs to Sing about Singular Animals
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/favorite-illustrated-songs-about-singular-animals/

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BASEBALL SONGS
The Singable Picture Books of Baseball
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/the-singable-picture-books-of-baseball/

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BEATLES: THE BEATLES IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
The Singable Picture Books of John, Paul, George, and Ringo

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/the-beatles-in-singable-picture-books/

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CHILDCRAFT
The singable poems in Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/childcraft-poems-of-early-childhood-a-singable-collection-of-poetry/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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FUNNY SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

That’s Hilarious! A List of Singable Picture Books that’ll Crack You Up!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/thats-hilarious-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-thatll-crack-you-up/

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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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INFO AND THINKING ABOUT SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/resources-for-inspiration-and-information/

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LITTLE SONGS, A NOTEBOOK OF SWEET LITTLE SONGS (MOSTLY SINGABLE POETRY) FOR TO SING WHEN YOUR BRAIN FEELS FUZZY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/little-songs-a-notebook-of-sweet-little-songs-mostly-singable-poetry-for-to-sing-when-your-brain-feels-fuzzy/

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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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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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OCEANS AND SEAS
A list of Singable Picture Books that celebrate the Oceans and Seas
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/songs-of-the-oceans-and-seas/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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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
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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SESAME STREET
Sesame Street in Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/sesame-street-in-singable-picture-books/

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SONGS BY EMILY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songs-by-emily/

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SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND INTERESTS
This page is a list filled with links to lists of Singable Picture Books for special occasions and interests
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/song-book-lists-for-all-occasions/

This post is an addendum to the post:

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Using TWINKLE LITTLE STAR to Earn Girl Scout Performer Badge
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/using-twinkle-little-star-to-earn-girl-scout-performer-badge/

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You’ll need a standard straight (no boom) microphone stand and microphone to practice with.  The microphone we used was a toy, but the size and shape of a generic mic.

These are notes for what we talked about on how to conduct yourself before, during and after a performance.

BEFORE:  YOUR STATE OF MIND AND BODY

(Have patience, this all takes time, practice and experience)

  • Be grounded, keep your energy relaxed, confident and in your solar plexus
  • Prepare to enter with your mission, to share, to give the gift, to communicate and have a conversation
  • You’ve done the work, have confidence in it as your launch pad
  • Long and tall (lifted hyoid bone, tail bone down), relaxed body, head floating, breath low into belly/lower back and lungs, breath into mask, open and lifted soft palette
  • Always be gracious, but don’t apologize

MOMENT BEFORE STEPPING OUT

  • Take a deep, relaxing, grounding breath.
  • Maybe a focusing/psychological catch phrase

STEPPING OUT

  • Long and tall (lifted hyoid bone, tail bone down), relaxed body, head floating, breath low into belly/lower back and lungs, breath into mask, open and lifted soft palette
  • Enter with your mission to share, to give the gift, to communicate and have a conversation
  • Confident strides, don’t hurry, take your time
  • Engage with audience, confident and welcoming
  • Some sort of friendly/gracious greeting, then a grounding breath, then your patter

MICROPHONE

  • Adjust height using the twisting handle grip (“Rightsy Tightsy, Leftsy Loosey”)
  • Microphone aimed toward your mouth, just below your chin so it does not obscure your face
  • If you are going to hold the mic, take the microphone out of the holder and move the stand out of the way

BEGINNING YOUR SET

  • Engage with audience, confident and welcoming and with your mission (the reason you are singing) in mind
  • Some sort of friendly greeting, then a grounding breath, then your patter
  • As best you can throughout, maintain your posture (long and tall, energy in solar plexus, breathing low). You can always pause in between or during applause to breath low and reset

ENDING YOUR SET

  • A gracious bow (always gracious acknowledgement that they appreciate what you did for them and that you worked hard to be there, no apologies for honest mistakes)
  • When you are finished, put the microphone back in the holder and move it back to original position.  The next person will make his/her own adjustments to the mic stand.
  • Exit with the the same confident strides with which you entered.  Don’t hurry.

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Relates Posts

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Troop 2740 Girl Scout Juniors Earn the MUSICIAN BADGE, March 2014
https://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/musician-badge-with-mrs-g/

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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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HOW TO SING A SONG FOR PERFORMANCE OR JUST FOR FUN
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/how-to-sing-a-song-for-performance-or-just-for-fun-a-primer-by-emily-gleichenhaus-mrs-g/

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GIRL SCOUT SONGBOOK WITH MRS. G AND FRIENDS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/girl-scout-songbook-w-mrs-g-friends/

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Girl Scout Juniors Musician Badge: ENTRANCE COMPORTMENT, POSTURE, MICROPHONE TECHNIQUE, AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/performance-badge-entrance-comportment-posture-microphone-technique-audience-engagement/

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TWINKLE LITTLE STAR (and MANY SONGS, ONE TWINKLY TUNE) to Earn Girl Scout Junior Musician Badge
Activity Set Developed by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus for SBWE
A set of activities for anyone, anywhere, of any age.  Explore 300 years of TWINKLY history, then explore song performance techniques and activities singing TWINKLE LITTLE STAR to begin learning the art and craft of singing a song for performance or just for fun.

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My daughter is in Girl Scout Troop 2863 and we recently earned the Girl Scout Juniors Musician Badge.

I conducted the earning of this badge last year with Troop 2740 with a different set of activities singing songs of historical significance and visiting artifacts directly related to the songs in Washington, DC.

This group of activities specifically relates to the art and craft of singing a song for performance (or just for fun).

For anyone who is conducting a troop of Girl Scout Junior to earn this Musican Badge or for anyone who wants to take a beginner class on HOW TO SING A SONG FOR PERFORMANCE OR JUST FOR FUN, this post is for you.

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A FEW NOTES

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Participants were asked only to come prepared to sing TWINKLE LITTLE STAR.

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I conducted this class for a troop of Girl Scouts troop, but this technique works for anyone of any age to begin the journey of singing a song for performance or just for fun.

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Many of the girls were highly reluctant to sing on their own.  Because I wanted the experience to be completely fun, empowering and uplifting, it was easy to adjust activities so all the girls sang together as a group instead of one at a time.

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Links below take you to posts with more information on the subjects, especially:

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Twinkle Little Star Song Sheet with Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Words by Jane Taylor
Traditional Tune
Page Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus for SBWE
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
twinkle little star sheet w chords by ELEG for SBWE

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Introduction to TWINKLE LITTLE STAR
The badge requires exploring music around the world and/or through various periods of time.  Seemingly a simple nursery tune, one can travel through nearly 400 years in France, England the the United States just by looking at the origins of TWINKLE LITTLE STAR. For links to more comprehensive study and the section “Context of Twinkly Tunes in a Nutshell” to explore this topic, visit the post MANY SONGS, ONE FAMOUS TWINKLY TUNE.

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Introduction to HOW TO SING A SONG FOR PERFORMANCE
There is a lot one can with what seems like a simple nursery rhyme that everyone knows. It can be a simple little song to sing to goof off or just for fun or it can be a song that means something to the singer with a story to tell which takes the audience on a sweet emotional journey. It just all depends on how one thinks about and approaches it and how one performs it with experience, knowledge, honesty and authenticity.

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Activity 1: BREAK THE ICE

  • Stand in a circle and sing the song in unison as a group.  Think about the words!
  • Each girl get up one at a time and sing TWINKLE LITTLE STAR.
  • Each girl can make a mental or written note for how she felt about it, what she’d like to work on, what felt good.

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Activity 2: THE ARTIST’S HOMEWORK

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Activity 3: ON YOUR FEET, TRY IT AGAIN

  • Each girl sing the song again and note how knowing and discovering more about the song changes how she sings it.

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Activity 4: PRACTICAL AND MECHANICAL SKILLS

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Activity 5: PUT IT ALL TOGETHER, KEEP TRYING

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Random Thoughts on the Subject

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The activities here are geared toward the Girl Scout Juniors and their age group, but the work foundations are the same for anyone of any age.  If a grownup you know is interested in learning how to sing a song, this info will get them started.  I’ve studied and performed professionally (and non professionally) in many places for many years and the foundations for the art and craft of singing a song are the same:  know your material inside and out, master your personal vocal technique (in other words, do the best with what you’ve got…a voice like Barbra Streisand is not necessarily required, though it doesn’t hurt, masterful communication trumps a great voice), connect personally, connect with the audience, keep it simple, be honest and authentic, fly free.

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Cut/Paste of “Context of Twinkly Tunes in a Nutshell
From post: MANY SONGS, ONE FAMOUS TWINKLY TUNE

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Related Posts

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Troop 2740 Girl Scout Juniors Earn the MUSICIAN BADGE, March 2014
https://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/musician-badge-with-mrs-g/

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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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HOW TO SING A SONG FOR PERFORMANCE OR JUST FOR FUN
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/how-to-sing-a-song-for-performance-or-just-for-fun-a-primer-by-emily-gleichenhaus-mrs-g/

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GIRL SCOUT SONGBOOK WITH MRS. G AND FRIENDS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/girl-scout-songbook-w-mrs-g-friends/

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Girl Scout Juniors Musician Badge: ENTRANCE COMPORTMENT, POSTURE, MICROPHONE TECHNIQUE, AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/performance-badge-entrance-comportment-posture-microphone-technique-audience-engagement/

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Using TWINKLE LITTLE STAR to Earn Girl Scout Performer Badge
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/using-twinkle-little-star-to-earn-girl-scout-performer-badge/

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SONG PERFORMANCE WORKSHEET FOR KIDS FOR SING BOOKS WITH EMILY

Song performance worksheet for kids

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The Art and Craft of Singing a Song: Tell Me a Story! Sing Me a Song!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/the-art-and-craft-of-singing-a-song-tell-me-a-story-sing-me-a-song/

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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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Resources for Sheet Music (Online, in Print, Commercial and Free)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/online-resources-for-sheet-music-commercial-and-free/

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MUSICIAN BADGE with Mrs. G for Girl Scout Juniors Troop 2740, Activity 2/2: the Singable Hike in Washington, DC
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/musician-badge-with-mrs-g-the-singable-hike-in-washington-dc/

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MUSICIAN BADGE with Mrs. G, for Girl Scout Juniors Troop 2740, Activities 1/2: HOW TO SING A SONG FOR PERFORMANCE OR JUST FOR FUN
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/musician-badge-with-mrs-g/

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Troop 2740 Girl Scout Juniors March (and Kazoo Patriotic Tunes) in the George Washington Birthday Parade 2014
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/troop-2740-marches-in-2014-george-washington-birthday-parade-in-alexandria-va/

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Girl Scouts Songs for Troop 2740 Songbook Resources Page
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/girl-scouts-songs-troop-2740/

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SHEET MUSIC RESOURCES
Resources for Sheet Music (Online, in Print, Commercial and Free)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/online-resources-for-sheet-music-commercial-and-free/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily, Service Providers, Vendors, Audio and Video to help you SING-ALONG!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

A thought on creativity and the voices that can get put in our heads…and the conclusions we can draw from them…

My son was in my office with me and I decided it would be fun to read a poem, pulled this wonderful book off the shelf…

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Poetry Speaks to Children

Edited by Elise Paschen
Illustrated by Judy Love, Wendy Rasmussen, Paula Zinngrabe Wendland
(Comes with a CD of artists and authors reading the poems)

…and turned randomly to the poem HOW TO PAINT A DONKEY (p. 55) and then read it out loud.

Like serendipity, it is a little thing I’ve been looking for without knowing that’s what I needed:

HOW TO PAINT A DONKEY
Naomi Shihab Nye

She said the head was too large,
the hooves too small.

I could clean my paintbrush
but I couldn’t get rid of that voice.

While they watched,
I crumpled him,

let his blue body
stain my hand.

I cried when he hit the can.
She smiled. I could try again.

Maybe this is what I unfold in the dark,
deciding, for the rest of my life,

that donkey was just the right size.

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Some thinkin’ from me:

There are voices like this in my head. I am even more bitter (I admit it) that there have been those who have put similar voices in the heads of my children. I’ve publicly named them before and got criticism for it…I was called “uncivil” for speaking of what happened and naming the person who did it. I’m not sorry…(how on earth does a problem get fixed unless someone is honest about it???).

It took me a long, long time to realize the conclusion of this poem. I work hard to put the conclusion of this poem in my children’s heads to reside along side the bad seeds deposited by those who I can only think of as evil.

Having had this experience, and getting to sing with children, and knowing the world is sprinkled like defective pixie dust with those who put the voice of invalidity and doubt in children’s heads, one of my goals is to be an antidote. I think the right song at the right time can neutralize a whole heap of what’s wrong with the world. This poem is good, too. I read it and said, YES!! …that donkey was just the right size!!!!

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Painted Path blog post and wonderful painting about this poem:
http://www.paintedpath.org/2012/07/soulful-conversation-giveway-enough.html

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Related Posts

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Info & Thinking about Singable Picture Books
Emily’s Thoughtful Meanderings on the Subject of Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/resources-for-inspiration-and-information/

Holy Smokes!  My pal David McMullin announced that he started a website for his writing and illustration for Children’s Books.  I’ve always known David as a performer, but check this out:
http://www.davidmcmullinbooks.com/

He’s doing cut paper illustration and it is absolutely gorgeous.

Here’s a link to his page of pictures:
http://www.davidmcmullinbooks.com/sample-page/

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This on is called SPACE
david mcmullin Space-1024x660
Illustration by David McMullin

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David’s cup paper illustration of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, DC
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Illustration by David McMullin

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It’s hard to believe it was 6 years ago, but I got to do a cabaret show with David at Capitol Hill Art Workshop:


“Cabaret Connections” in 2008
(From Left:  Matt Howe, Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus, Dean Reichard, Cathrine Saterlee, Alex Tang, David McMullin)

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Addendum 1/2/2015

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David’s blog post about writing a song and planning to make it a picture book:
http://www.davidmcmullinbooks.com/sing-a-song/
(and I’m very proud to say he put a link to Sing Books blog and had some nice comments, too)

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Related Posts

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SING A SONG
Article by David McMullin on writing a song for possible illustration:
http://www.davidmcmullinbooks.com/sing-a-song/

This is an addendum to the post
The Erie Canal, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/erie-canal-an-illustrated-song/

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10/26/2014, CBS Sunday Morning’s Almanac Celebrates ERIE CANAL 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiZ7hRVNqPQ

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The Erie Canal
Traditional Words and tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier

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Related Posts

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PETE SEEGER
The Singable Picture Books of Pete Seeger
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/pete-seeger-the-power-of-song/

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PETER SPIER
The Singable Picture Books of Peter Spier
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/singable-picture-books-of-peter-spier/

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FOURTH OF JULY AND OTHER HOLIDAYS CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND HISTORY
A list of Patriotic Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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PETER YARROW SONGBOOK SERIES

A list of the Singable Picture Books from the Peter Yarrow Songbook series:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/the-case-for-singing-with-children-from-peter-yarrow/

2014 terri allen by elise kress
Beautiful photo of Terri taken by her friend Elise Kress

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Terri Allen’s Memorial Service

Terri Allen: A Celebration in Word and Song.
Saturday Sept. 13, 2014 at MCCDC
Service at 2:00 followed by potluck.
Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC
474 Ridge Street NW, a block and a half from the Mt. Vernon Metro stop

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DC Cabaret Network Memorial Open Mic for Terri Allen

There will be an open mic in Terri Allen’s memory on

Monday, September 15, 2014
8 PM

Musical Director: George Fulginiti-Shakar
Warehouse Theatre (enter through the Passenger Bar)
1021 7th St. NW, Washington, DC

Donation requested:
Cover charge: $10
Singers: plus $5.00

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Heart and Soul.  Terri Allen was saturated with Heart and Soul.  That is how she SANG sang and that is what she GAVE to everything she did and everyone she knew.

Terri Allen left this world on August 21, 2014.  I am going to miss her.

Terri supported and encouraged me.  She said nice things and gave me opportunities and pushed me to do more.

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This is Terri and I in 2006 at the DC Cabaret Network Member Showcase at the Arts Club of Washington when we worked together on the board of the DC Cabaret Network.

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To Fellow Friends of Terri Allen:

If you are a friend of Terri Allen and would like to contribute memories or thoughts to this post, please write a comment!  Or, if you would like to send your thoughts to my email address:  singbookswithemily@att.net, I will be glad to post them for you.

Thank you!

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Terri Allen’s Online Presence

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TERRI ALLEN’S WEBSITE
Terri Allen Singer & Actor
http://www.terriallen.net/
You can hear her sing at her site and see some beautiful pictures of her

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Terri’s Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/therese.allen.10

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Terri’s Obituary on WashingtonPost.com
http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/terri-allen-executive-director-of-the-dc-cabaret-network-dies-at-63/2014/08/28/9ae84d7e-2e10-11e4-9b98-848790384093_story.html

I left this comment with Terri’s obituary:

Terri Allen was a wonderful friend. She was incredibly talented, infusing her performances with that kind of late afternoon sunshine and soulful depth. She was authentic and honest. Terri was the real deal and an example of the kind of human being this world could use  more. As a friend, Terri was supportive and present. Those of us who knew and loved her will forever be warmed by her presence in our lives.
Terri Allen’s performer website (pictures, bio, and hear her sing),
http://www.terriallen.net/

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Terri Allen’s Videos for the 2010 United States Census

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2010 United States Census, A New Portrait of America video:
Terri Allen worked with a team to produce this video.  The voice over artist is Terri and she wrote the lyrics of the beautiful song at the end (music by Todd Hahn):

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This one, too: Another 2010 United States Census, A New Portrait of America video:

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Addendum 8/25/2014
Maris, a wise mutual friend of Terri’s and mine, said of these videos, 
“The census videos are so beautiful…and it is a delight to hear Terri’s narrating voice. As always, she believes every word…”
It goes to how authentic Terri was.  Terri was the real deal.  She was never fake or untrue or dishonest.  She was 100% authentic.

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DC Cabaret Network

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Terri and I served together for many years on the board of the DC Cabaret Network.  She became its Executive Director.  She loved the DC Cabaret Network and worked very hard (and succeeded) to create a warm and inviting atmosphere to share and grow in song:
DC Cabaret Network Website:
http://www.dccabaretnetwork.org/

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SongSpeak, the blog of the DC Cabaret Network
http://songspeak.wordpress.com/

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Lovely tribute from DC Cabaret Network to inform its members about Terri’s passing:

In Memory of Terri Allen

The DC Cabaret Network is heartbroken to share the news that Executive Director Terri Allen died unexpectedly on August 21.

Terri’s presence in Washington’s cabaret scene was unique and immeasurable. Her artistry, passion, and dedication encouraged countless singers to step up to a microphone and bare their souls through music. Her love for music and singers had no bounds.

We are working with Terri’s family to organize a memorial service, which will be announced in a second email. The September 15 Open Mic at the Warehouse Theatre will be in her memory.

Terri will be missed greatly as an artist, leader, and friend.

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Terri and I performed in many shows together, including:

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2013 06 Maggie's Milestones
A Magical Evening at Maggie’s, Milestones, June 2013

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The cast of the grown-up Contemporary Cabaret, “RUN AWAY WITH ME”
From Left:  Lonny Smith, Terri Allen, Emily Leatha Everson, Justin Ritchie

July & August 2010

Our blog page for RUN AWAY WITH ME, A CONTEMPORARY CABARET:
http://runawaywithmecabaret.wordpress.com/

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Cast of “Run Away With Me”  at Capital Fringe Festival 2010
(From Left:  Terri Allen, Justin Ritchie, Emily Leatha Everson, Lonny Smith)

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Psycho Cabaret, Capital Fringe Festival 2008
(From Left: George Fulginiti-Shakar, Emily Leatha Everson, Lonny Smith, Terri Allen, Arlene Hill, Judy Simmons, Chris Cochran, Michael Vitaly Sazonov)

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Naked Cabaret 2007 2 - Copy
Naked Cabaret II, Capital Fringe Festival 2007
L-R:  Lonny Smith, Emily Gleichenhaus, Terri Allen, George Fulginiti-Shakar

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Naked Cabaret, Capital Fringe Festival, 2006
L-R: George Fulginiti-Shakar, Judy Simmons, Lonny Smith, Emily Gleichenhaus, Steven Cupo, Terri Allen

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Terri’s 9/13/2014 Memorial Program, side 1
Terri Allen Mem Program 20140913 1

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Terri’s 9/13/2014 Memorial, side 2
Terri Allen Mem Program 20140913 2

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Goodbye, Terri, I Had Fun with You

This little song is based on another little song.  I wrote the poem in 2nd grade and a tune came for the little song about a month ago.  While practicing the guitar, this came along:

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goodbye terri by eleg
Goodbye, Terri

Words and Music by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
goodbye terri by eleg

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Terri Allen’s Memorial Open Mic
Monday, September 15, 2014 at the Warehouse Theatre in Washington, DC

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A write up about the event and those who sang and spoke at the event on DC Cabaret Network’s Blog SongSpeak:
http://songspeak.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/terri-allen-remembered-in-song/

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I have another little memory to add.  Byron Muray is a friend and singer with the DC Cabaret Network.  He also writes beautiful prose and poetry and often shares his work or reads the work of others before he sings.  It’s always a lovely, thoughtful and fully perfect compliment to the music.  Before Byraon sang “Lazy Afternoon,” he offered this lovely prose, reading his work:

As I was walking down Massachusetts Avenue recently in the late afternoon, I saw a deer—a beautiful doe—standing less than 20 fee away at the edge of the trees that descend down to the valley below. It was feasting on the vegetation at its hooves.
As I looked, I noticed that from time to time, it would look up at me fearlessly. As I gazed back at this magnificent wild creature, I felt an extraordinary presence—a quiet communication. Then I thought of you, wandering somewhere new in the ether and wondered if you felt it, too.

Byron Murray, Monday, September 15, 2014, Warehouse Theatre, Washington, DC at Terri Allen’s DC Cabaret Network Memorial Open Mic

I wrote and asked Byron how he came to write this lovely story.  He wrote to me:

Later on the day I learned about Terri I took a walk down Mass Ave about 4 pm.  Just across from the British Embassy I saw a deer standing there.  I stopped to take a look and thought it would dart off but it just stood there with an almost  defiant stance.  It seemed odd to see a deer at that time of day and especially one that was just hanging around.  Everything seemed otherworldly and silent–sort of out of our time zone. The thought of Terri came in to my head and I felt I was part of something not of this sphere.  I stood there for nearly 10 minutes.  Finally I walked away and a few times I looked back and the deer was still there and really would look up at me occasionally.  I finally got so far away that I could no longer see it but I didn’t actually see it go back into the wooded area.  I’m not sure what this was all about but I know that I will never forget those 10 minutes.  When I got home I put down the thoughts that I shared on Monday.

Many thanks to Byron for his lovely and thoughtful tribute.

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Goodbye, Terri, I Had Fun with You
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/goodbye-terri-i-had-fun-with-you/

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GOODBYE, SUMMER, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG BY ELEG FOR SBWE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/goodbye-summer-an-illustrated-song-by-eleg-for-sbwe/

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SONGS BY EMILY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songs-by-emily/


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