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118.
After traipsing the same path
Yearning for a spark
I chose to cross the field at a different angle
Then climbed a hill
And found a new vista
Enveloped now in a wash of lavender
Hearing new birds

(1/19/2017)

117.
A word to the wise
When reaching to pick litter
Mind bushes with thorns

(1/17/2017)

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Related Posts

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IMPRESSIONS WHILE WALKING
Taking walks, noticing the world around me, and writing down what I see
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/impressions-while-walking/

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SONG BY EMILY: A JUBILEE OF JINGLES
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songs-by-emily/

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

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Singable Picture Book Lists for Special Occasions & Interests
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/song-book-lists-for-all-occasions/

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PICTURES IN PAVEMENT AS SEEN BY EMILY
Emily’s collection of photographs of images formed by pavement cracks
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10205709327003243.1073741841.1557301052&type=1&l=a

It was a wonderful Winter Break for my family, but I was happy to be back singing with my friends!

I am fortunate to share Sing Books with 22 classes of children at Tuckahoe Elementary, Carlin Springs Elementary, and Timber Lane Elementary.

More Notes On Visits, below.

In each class, we sang a selection from the following songs:

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winter-wonderland-hopgood
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Words and Music by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith
As Sung by Peggy Lee
Illustrated By Tim Hopgood

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

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When You Wish Upon a Star
Music by Ned Washington
Words by Leigh Harline
Illustrated by Eric Puybare

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

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

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take me home country roads
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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The Owl and the Pussycat

Words by Edward Lear
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustrated by James Marshall

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

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frosty the snowman wade zahares
Frosty the Snowman
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Performed by Kenny Loggins
Illustrated by Wade Zahares

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Knick Knack Paddy Whack

Traditional Words and Tune
Arrangements by Mark Collins
Illustrations by Christiane Engel

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Stories of Santa (Up on the Housetop, Jolly Old St. Nicholas)

Words and Music by (or attributed to), Benjamin Russell Hanby
Illustrated by “Hallmark Archives and Design Collection”

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Jolly Old St. Nicholas (A Holiday Book with Lights and Music)
Traditional Tune (also Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major)
Words by Anonymous
Illustrated by Donna Race

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Up On the Housetop (Sing a Story)
Words and Music by Benjamin Hanby
Illustrated by Wendy Edelson
ISBN  978-0769649122

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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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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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wise old owl book eleg sbwe cover only
Wise Old Owl for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Book Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE

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itsy-bitsy-snowman
Itsy Bitsy Snowman
Words by Jeffrey Burton
Illustrated by Sanja Rescek

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itsy-bitsy-snowman-word-w-chords
Itsy Bitsy Snowman (lyric sheet with guitar chords)
Words by Jeffrey Burton
Traditional Tune
Chords prepared by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this sheet, click here:
itsy-bitsy-snowman-word-w-chords

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london-bridge-is-falling-down-spier
London Bridge is Falling Down (The Mother Goose Library, Peter Spier)
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier
An Illustrated Rendition of the Song LONDON BRIDGE

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LONDON BRIDGE IS FALLING DOWN
Song sheet arranged by ELEG for SBWE
To be sung with Peter Spier’s illustration
To view or print this page, click here:
london-bridge-w-chords

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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Poem by Robert Frost
Sing to the Tune of Greensleeves
Illustrated by Susan Jeffers
Sing along with Emily, here:
https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/stopping-by-woods-eleg-2010

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Stopping by Woods w Guitar Chords SBWE update
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Song Sheet with Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Poem by Robert Frost
Sing to the Tune of Greensleeves
Song Sheet Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

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DO ALL THE GOOD YOU CAN (bk 4 SBWE) cover only
Do All the Good You Can (book for song) by ELEG for SBWE
Words by John Wesley
Sing to the tune of My Country Tis of Thee
Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Book Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE

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DO ALL THE GOOD YOU CAN by ELEG for SBWE
Do All the Good You Can Poster by ELEG for SBWE
Words by John Wesley
Sing to the tune of My Country Tis of Thee
To view or print this poster, click here:
DO ALL THE GOOD YOU CAN by ELEG for SBWE

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DO ALL THE GOOD YOU CAN by ELEG for SBWE w chords
Do All the Good You Can w Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Words by John Wesley
Sing to the tune of My Country Tis of Thee
To view or print this poster, click here:
DO ALL THE GOOD YOU CAN by ELEG for SBWE w chords

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My Country tis of Thee for SBWE w chords
My Country Tis of Thee for SBWE w Chords
Words by Reverend Samuel Francis Smith
Traditional Tune, Chords Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
My Country tis of Thee for SBWE w chords

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My Country ’Tis of Thee (America)
Words by Reverend Samuel Francis Smith
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Todd Ouren
This link is a PDF with all the words and chords for this book:
my-country-tis-of-thee-for-sbwe-w-chords-wds-4-bk

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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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my favorite things warhola
My Favorite Things

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

 

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NOTES ON VISITS

In most visits, I brought along my guitar and fun instruments like jingle bells, limberjacks, kazoos, and train whistles.

I developed a big canvas sack full of homemade books for little songs and Mother Goose nursery rhymes.  Some of the rhymes I made myself and then wrote tunes and chords to go with them.  For others, I figured out chords for traditional tunes.  The kids love the chance to take turns and pick books from the bag.  They close their eyes and pull out a song and then we sing the surprise.

The published books are all in big canvas bags, too.  Sometimes, I pick out songs for the group and sometimes kids come up and choose a song at random.

It’s fun for everyone and keeps me on my toes, too!

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I’ve got Ms. Anctil to thank for great pix of our visits.  It’s a delight to have evidence of the fun!

This is from 1/18/2017, 2 performances at Carlin Springs Elementary School, each one with two Kindergarten classes:  Ms. Downing and Ms. Carter, Mr. Mitchell and Ms. Anctil.

Thanks Ms. Anctil!

It’s always such a treat to visit Mary Riley Styles Library.  I got to sing with some familiar faces, and met some delightful new music loving friends.

I brought a whole set of songs to celebrate a Winter Theme , but also a lot of extras I knew kids love.  For this visit, the kids chose the songs out of the Sing Books boxes and we sang what they chose (listed in no particular order)…

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frosty the snowman wade zahares
Frosty the Snowman
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Performed by Kenny Loggins
Illustrated by Wade Zahares

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With jingle bells
what a wonderful world tim hopgood
What a Wonderful World
Words and Lyrics by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss
Illustrated By Tim Hopgood

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Jingle Bells 4 SBWE limberjack
JINGLE BELLS (for SBWE and Limberjack)
Song by James Pierpont
Arranged by ELEG for SBWE and Limberjack Horse
To view or print this sheet, click here:
Jingle Bells 4 SBWE limberjack

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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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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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With train whistle

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

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

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up-on-the-housetop-copy
Up On the Housetop (Sing a Story)
Words and Music by Benjamin Hanby
Illustrated by Wendy Edelson
ISBN  978-0769649122

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

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You’re a Grand Old Flag
Words and Music by George M. Cohan
Illustrated by Warren Kimble

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ABC letters caps WITH SIGN and chords portrait ELEG 4 SBWE
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:
ABC letters caps WITH SIGN and chords portrait ELEG 4 SBWE

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

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big bell little bell
The Big Bell and the Little Bell

Words and Music by Martin Kalmanoff
Illustrated by Alastair Graham

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With train whistle

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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my favorite things warhola
My Favorite Things

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

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With guitar
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RUBY THE RED NOSE REINDEER
Words by Emily Gleichenhaus
Music by Johnny Marks
Sketch by ELEG
To view or print this song, click here:
ruby-the-red-nose-reindeer-eleg-sbwe-w-chords

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With guitar
rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer-w-chords
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Words and Music by Johnny Marks
Arrangement for SBWE
Art by Eloise (2009)
To view or print this page, click here:
rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer-w-chords

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With guitar
 
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)

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With guitar
itsy-bitsy-snowman
Itsy Bitsy Snowman
Words by Jeffrey Burton
Illustrated by Sanja Rescek

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itsy-bitsy-snowman-word-w-chords
Itsy Bitsy Snowman (lyric sheet with guitar chords)
Words by Jeffrey Burton
Traditional Tune
Chords prepared by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this sheet, click here:
itsy-bitsy-snowman-word-w-chords

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

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WINTER

Singable Picture Books for Winter. Some of these are sung at Christmastime, but this is a list of songs about Winter that you can sing all season long!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/singable-picture-books-for-winter/

 

116.
A storytelling of crows
Lives among
A cluster of houses
Of which mine is one

I enjoy observation
And oft hear them talk
As they sit on the roofs
And just seem to squawk

But I know they say things
And exchange information
Since they take turns
Like in conversation

One will say something
The other will answer
Then together they’ll fly
For whatever they’re after

I admire their form
So sleek and so black
Beauty and brains
There’s nothing they lack

It likely most people
Don’t care to notice
This common bird
That’s always among us

But I see about them
A mysterious glamour
As they engage between houses
In intelligent chatter

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Note: Instead of giving my poems titles, I decided to just number them, since the first one I wrote back in August. It’s a fun coincidence that this is poem #116, written on 1/16.

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Speaking of crows, I wrote a little tune for Robert Frost’s poem A DUST OF SNOW which is about the author’s interaction with a crow on a winter day. The link offers a printable song sheet with guitar chords.
A DUST OF SNOW, AN ILLUSTRATED, SINGABLE POEM BY ROBERT FROST
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/a-dust-of-snow-an-illustrated-singable-poem-by-robert-frost-musical-setting-by-elliott-carter/

Sing along with Emily’s scratch vocal, here:

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Related Posts

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IMPRESSIONS WHILE WALKING
Taking walks, noticing the world around me, and writing down what I see
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/impressions-while-walking/

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SONG BY EMILY: A JUBILEE OF JINGLES
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songs-by-emily/

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

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Singable Picture Book Lists for Special Occasions & Interests
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/song-book-lists-for-all-occasions/

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PICTURES IN PAVEMENT AS SEEN BY EMILY
Emily’s collection of photographs of images formed by pavement cracks
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10205709327003243.1073741841.1557301052&type=1&l=a

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY at Mary Riley Styles Library on 1/14/2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 11 am – 11:45 am

Mary Riley Styles Public Library
120 N Virginia Ave
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 248-5030

More info, here:
http://www.fallschurchva.gov/424/Library

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Raggedy Ann (A Thank You, Please, and I Love You Book, A Big Golden Book)
Words by Norah Smaridge
Illustrated by June Goldsborough

This adorable books is one of my childhood favorites.  I  loved the pictures in this book and still do.  I only saved a handful of childhood picture books and this is one of them.

Now that my children are growing, I’ve been going through our shelves groaning heavily with picture books. It’s so hard to decide which ones to keep and which to pass along. This one is still a keeper!

When I ran across it again on the shelf, I decided to read it and have a nostalgic look at the pictures.  At the time (late 2016), I was also working on learning the words and music for A COAT OF MANY COLORS which had recently gotten a new and adorable illustration.

Reading the words to the book, the tune for COAT OF MANY COLORS, running on a loop in my head, just happened to exactly fit the meter Norah Smaridge used to write the book’s verse.  Even more fitting that these two songs could marry, a song about rags used to make a coat and a story about Raggedy Ann!

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Raggedy Ann (A Thank You, Please and I love You Book)
Words by Norah Smaridge

Ann fluffs the pillow
And smooths out the sheet.
Her bed is not lumpy or bumpy – it’s neat.
She tucks in the blanket
And puts on the spread
No wonder the pup
Loves to sleep on her bed.

Andy is picking up his toys.
His room will soon be neat.
Ann looks in and smiles and says,
“Why, Andy! What a treat!”
He puts away his shoes and shirt,
A sweater, and some ties…
When his friends come in to play today,
They won’t believe their eyes!

People are very happy
To hear Andy on the phone
Because he always says hello
In such a friendly tone.
He calls his sister to the room
If she is far away,
Or takes a message for her
In a very grown-up way.

When Ann come running in from play,
She always wipes her feet
In case her shoes are dirty
From the playground or the street.
It only takes a little time
But she is glad, I’m sure,
She’s not a caterpillar, with
A dozen feet or more.

Ann doesn’t want dear Andy
To slip or hurt his head,
Or bump his nose, or break his toes
And have to stay in bed.
She holds the chair quite steady,
For this will help him land
As smoothly as an astronaut –
With cookies in his hand!

When Ann and Andy sit at meals
They never reach for food,
Or sprawl, or stick their elbows out.
They know that would be rude.
They sit up straight and pass the salt as grown-up people do,
And, thought they like dessert the best,
They eat their spinach, too!

When the time has come to go to bed,
Ann never starts to pout,
Or whine, or fuss, or drag her feet
And wear her family out
She kisses everyone good-night
Ann tells the cat and pup,
“The sooner I go off to bed,
The sooner I’ll be up!”

The sooner we’ll be up!

 


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