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A delightful visit to Mary Riley Styles Library in Falls Church, VA with a song list inspired by the 2016 Tinner Hill Blues Festival.

The library posted a nice video:

Here’s what we sang, listed in alphabetical order:

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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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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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five little owls book for ELEG SBWE cover only

Five Little Owls
Rhyme by Anonymous
Book Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
five little owls book for ELEG SBWE cover only

Sing Along with Emily , here:

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Five Little Owls w chords for SBWE Songbook Series (Updated) 
Rhyme by Anonymous
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this page, click here:
five little owls w chords ELEG SBWE SBS 2

Sing Along with Emily , here:

 

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Forever Young
Words and Music by Bob Dylan
Illustrated by Paul Rogers

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Froggie Went a-Courtin’ for Limberjack and Sing Books with Emily
Traditional Words and Tune
Adaptations by ELEG for Sing Books with Emily
Illustration by Mary Blair from My First Sing-A-Song Book, 1966
To view or print this page, click here:
froggie went a courtin eleg 4 sbwe

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He got down upon his knee and said, “Miss Mousie will you marry me?”
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Singing Froggie Went a-Courtin’ with the Everett/Campbell group on 9/24/2015
pbs.twimg.com/media/CPq8tJOWIAAgrYv.jpg

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Froggie went a courtin’ and he did ride, a-huh…
I sing this song with both the Limberjack Frog and Limberjack horse (shown here).
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Photo by Danielle Anctil

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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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Hush, Little Baby
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Brian Pinkney

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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’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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OLD BLUE 4 SBWE limberjack
Old Blue (arranged by ELEG for SBWE and limberjack dog)

Traditional Words and Tune
Arrangement by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this sheet, click here:
OLD BLUE 4 SBWE limberjack

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island in the sun belafonte burgess ayliffe
Island in the Sun
Words and Music by Harry Belefonte and Lord Burgess (IrvingBurgie)
Pictures by Alex Ayliffe

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One Wide River to Cross
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Barbara Emberley
Illustrated by Ed Emberley

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“What if I’ve been blue, I’ve been walking through fields of flowers…”
Red Red Robin Lori Lee Stultz Cover
Red, Red Robin
Words and Music by Harry Woods
Illustrated by Lori Lee Stultz

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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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This Little Light of Mine (Raffi Songs to Read)

Traditional Tune
Additional Words by Raffi
Illustrated by Stacey Schuett

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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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Who Built the Ark? (Based on an African-American Spiritual)
Traditional Words and Music
Illustrated by Pam Paparone

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Wise Old Owl for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Book Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
Sing Along with Emily:

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Yellow Submarine (Sing-A-Song Storybook)
Words and Music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Illustrated by Cathy Holly

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Some Notes

In the weeks leading up today’s visit, I compiled a repertoire list of songs to celebrate African American Music in Illustrated Song:
Emily’s Repertoire Selections for Performance to Celebrate African American Music in Illustrated Song During Tinner Blues Festival at Mary Riley Styles Library, Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 11 am – 11:45 am

My repertoire list is a subset of a much larger list all African American Music in Illustrated Song and Illustrated Books about African American Musical Artists:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/singable-picture-books-celebrating-african-american-history-month/

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BLUES, THE BLUES
The Blues in Illustrated and Otherwise Musically Related Picture Books (yet another list inspired by Nikki)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/the-blues-in-illustrated-and-otherwise-musically-related-picture-books-yet-another-list-inspired-by-nikki/

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TOLERANCE AND COMPASSION
Singable Picture Books Celebrating Tolerance and Compassion (another list inspired by Nikki)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/singable-picture-books-celebrating-tolerance-and-compassion-another-list-inspired-by-nikki/

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AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC IN ILLUSTRATED SONG

Singable Picture Books Celebrating African American History Month with Songs, Poems and Illustrations by Prominent African American Artists as well as Musical Picture Books Celebrating Important African American Musical Artists
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/singable-picture-books-celebrating-african-american-history-month/

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Emily’s Repertoire Selections for Performance to Celebrate African American Music in Illustrated Song During Tinner Blues Festival at Mary Riley Styles Library, Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 11 am – 11:45 am
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/06/09/emilys-repertoire-selections-for-library-visit-to-celebrate-african-american-music-in-illustrated-song-during-tinner-blues-festival-at-mary-riley-styles-library-june-11-2016/

This song  is called ONE WIDE RIVER and also goes by ONE MORE RIVER and it has been given at least 4 excellent illustrations, with beautiful and creative interpretations.  The words vary, as with all old folk songs and spirituals.

I have chosen to sing the song with the ONE WIDE RIVER classic 1966 woodcut illustrations by Ed Emberley and lyrics adapted by Barbara Emberley.  I did, however, decide to sing the words “One more river,” instead of “One wide river,” since the latter is much more difficult to say quickly than the former.

Any of these illustrations would be wonderful choices to share with a group of kids (or just sitting together with your favorite child at home).

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One Wide River to Cross
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Barbara Emberley
Illustrated by Ed Emberley

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This link from American Modern Books has images of many two page spreads from the Emberley’s ONE WIDE RIVER TO CROSS:
http://www.ammobooks.com/products/onewiderivertocross

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Book Trailer for Emberley illustration:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nASF_FTvX2Y

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ONE WIDE RIVER
Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by Barbara Emberley

Old Noah built himself an ark
One wide river to cross
He built it out of hickory bark
One wide river to cross
The animals came in one by one
One wide river to cross
And Japheth played the big brass drum
One wide river to cross

One wide river
And that’s the river of Jordan
One wide river
There’s one wide river to cross

The animals came in two by two
One wide river to cross
The alligator lost his shoe
One wide river to cross
The animals came in three by three
One wide river to cross
The ostrich and the chickadee
One wide river to cross

One wide river
And that’s the river of Jordan
One wide river
There’s one wide river to cross

The animals came in four by four
One wide river to cross
The hippopotamus blocked the door
One wide river to cross
The animals came in five by five
One wide river to cross
The yak in slippers did arrive
One wide river to cross

One wide river
And that’s the river of Jordan
One wide river
There’s one wide river to cross

The animals came in six by six
One wide river to cross
The elephants were doing tricks
One wide river to cross
The animals came in seven by seven
One wide river to cross
A drop of rain dropped out of heaven
One wide river to cross

One wide river
And that’s the river of Jordan
One wide river
There’s one wide river to cross

The animals came in eight by eight
One wide river to cross
Some came in by roller skate
One wide river to cross
The animals came in nine by nine
One wide river to cross
The cats and kittens kept in line
One wide river to cross

The animals came ten by ten
One wide river to cross
Let’s go back and start again
One wide river to cross

One wide river
And that’s the river of Jordan
One wide river
There’s one wide river to cross

One wide river
And that’s the river of Jordan
One wide river
There’s one wide river to cross

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As with many folk songs, the melody for this song varies from place to place.  
Posted here are a couple to explore.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2u-uwx1U8E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3eUKGkJUuU

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My favorite recording for melody line is by Bill Staines.  ONE MORE RIVER TO CROSS is track 9 on Bill Staines’ eponymous album ONE MORE RIVER
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000S5EBH0?ie=UTF8&qid=&ref_=tmm_msc_swatch_0&sr=

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Bill Staines’ website offers a version of the lyrics of this traditional old song:
http://www.acousticmusic.com/staines/onemorer.htm

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Other Illustrations of this song:

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One More River
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Karen L. Blumen
Illustrated by John J. Blumen

This illustration of ONE MORE RIVER (Illustrated by John J. Blumen, with words adapted by Karen L. Blumen) is created with a lot of fun and humor.  You’ll see animals with lots of luggage, bees with umbrellas, and a two kangaroos carrying pharaoh crocodile board the ark on a litter. I love that Noah is a person of color in this book.  People of color or vastly under-represented in picture books.

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One More River (A Noah’s Ark Counting Song)
Traditional Words and Music
Words Adapted by Joan Paley
Illustrated by Joan Paley

This ONE MORE RIVER is illustrated and adapted by Joan Paley with collage art. The art with deep color and clean lines and big shapes focuses on the animals climbing aboard.

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One More River
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Diz Wallis
Illustrated by Diz Wallis

Diz Wallis has painted beautiful detailed pictures for this song and she includes a marvelous variety of wildlife. You’ll see gorgeous peacocks, lions, tigers, beetles and butterflies all in rich, naturalistic detail and color on the large pages.

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Gathering Notes to Explore:

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ONE MORE RIVER is included as a song in this lesson plan about African American Spirituals:
http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/548/The%20African%20American%20Spiritual.pdf

 

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Working to Understand the Lyrics

The lyrics about the animals marching onto the ark makes all the sense in the world.  But I’m having trouble understanding what the chorus means, about crossing the River of Jordan.

A friend of mine wrote, “the Jordan River is the river the Israelites crossed to get into the promised land. This part comes after the Noah part.”  My friend also guessed that the song might be a mash up of two different songs, one about Noah’s Ark and one about the Isreaelites crossing the River Jordan.

So then I surmised that the song is saying that humanity (Noah’s family) has to survive the flood then repopulate the earth (Noah’s 3 son’s Ham, Shem, and Japheth all had their wives with them on the ark).  Among those peoples the Israelites will arise (having been suppressed by other peoples who arose also) and in order for the Israelites to reach the promised land, they have to cross the Jordan River, both literally and figuratively.  If the Iseraelites wish to walk into the promised land of Israel, they’ve got to cross the Jordan River.  And figuratively, as another friend suggested, since River Jordan is often used as a symbol of death that believers must cross in order to reach the land of Milk and Honey in Heaven.

In other words, the Israelites have to survive the flood then cross the river of Jordan to finally reach the promised land.

A simpler understanding might be that the waters on which Noah’s Ark sailed were the result of massive flooding of the Jordan River.  So, while riding the waters, Noah is literally crossing the wide, wide flooded River of Jordan throughout the entire harrowing adventure.

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THAT’S THE RIVER OF THE RIVER OF JORDAN

The song’s lyric which mentions, “the river of Jordan” helps to qualify it as a geography song.  You can show a map of the Jordan River, talk about the countries and seas it flows through, where it begins, where it ends and those countries’ location on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea.

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The Jordan River in New World Encyclopedia online:
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Jordan_River

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Some Notes on the River Jordan

 

The River Jordan begins at the boarder of Lebanon and Syria where two smaller rivers meet. It eventually empties into the Dead Sea.

The River Jordan has a major significance in Judaism and Christianity as the site where the Israelites crossed into the Promised Land and where Jesus of Nazareth was baptized by John the Baptist.

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Related Posts

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EMBERLEYS

Singable Picture Books by the Emberleys (Ed, Barbara, Rebecca)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/singable-picture-books-by-the-emberleys/

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NOAH’S ARK

A List of Singable Picture Book Songs about Noah’s Journey with an Ark Full of Animals
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/09/noahs-ark-in-singable-picture-books/

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COUNTING

Counting (and math) in Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/counting-and-math-in-singable-picture-books/

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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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GEOGRAPHY SONGS IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/geography-songs-in-singable-picture-books/

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Man Gave Names to All the Animals
Words and Music by Bob Dylan
Illustrated by Jim Arnosky
Sterling, 2010
ISBN-13: 978-1402768583

Jim Arnosky’s illustration of MAN GAVE NAMES TO ALL THE ANIMALS is illustrated with gorgeous, sweeping pictures, displayed in two page spreads.  The pictures don’t just show the animals Bob Dylan includes in the song, but a zoological romp through many environment and habitats showing a great collection of God’s creations which man eventually named.  The final page of the book includes the names of more than 170 animals that the reader can search for in the pictures.

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Man Gave Names to All the Animals
Words and Music by Bob Dylan
Illustrated by Scott Menchin

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Bob Dylan’s Recording:

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Man Gave Names to All the Animals wiki:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_Gave_Names_to_All_the_Animals

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MAN GAVE NAMES TO ALL THE ANIMALS, on Bob Dylan’s website (includes lyrics and link to sheet music),
http://www.bobdylan.com/us/songs/man-gave-names-all-animals

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Webpage for the book on BobDylan.com
https://www.bobdylan.com/us/books/man-gave-names-all-animals

 

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In the book of Genesis, Adam gives “names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals,” but leave it to Bob Dylan to find such a tuneful, humorous, and poetic way to tell us about it.

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Related Posts

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BOB DYLAN
The Singable Picture Books of Bob Dylan
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/the-singable-picture-books-of-bob-dylan/

 

With all my heart and soul, I love this song.  I think it is one of the best songs ever written.  This illustration by Eric Puybaret is incredibly beautiful and wonderfully includes the seldom heard introduction that Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg wrote for it.

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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 hard cover edition), ISBN-13: 978-1623540449 (2014 boardbook edition)

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OVER THE RAINBOW, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/over-the-rainbow-a-singable-book/

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Addendum 9/1/2015

A lovely comment to this blog reminded of Ella Fitzgerald’s version of OVER THE RAINBOW, which also includes the song introduction.  As with everything Ella Fitgerald did, it is just so good:

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Ella Fitzgerald’s version of OVER THE RAINBOW

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

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Related Posts

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OVER THE RAINBOW, 8/31/2015
SONG OF THE DAY
Sing Books with Emily (SBWE), Illustrated Songs of the Day:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/sbwe-songs-of-the-day/

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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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Over the Rainbow…Additional Info

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/23/over-the-rainbow-a-singable-picture-book-additional-info/

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OVER THE RAINBOW,  AN AMERICAN ICON ORIGINALLY SUNG BY AN AMERICAN MASTER
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/25/over-the-rainbow-an-american-icon-originally-sung-by-an-american-master/

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OVER THE RAINBOW, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/over-the-rainbow-a-singable-book/

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DRAW ME A SONG, SINGABLE POSTERS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/draw-me-a-song-singable-posters/

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SINGABLE ART ON PINTEREST
this list on Pinterest displays images of Singable Art, works of art that are about songs, support a song, or the subject of a song:
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/

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SINGABLE ART (ON SING BOOKS WITH EMILY BLOG)

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Eloise’s Homage to Singable Picture Books We Love to Sing Together
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/eloises-homage-to-singable-picture-books-we-love-to-sing-together/

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SBWE GALLERY OF KID’S ART
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/praise-portraits-from-friends-of-sbwe/

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MARTHA GRAHAM QUOTE (MY FRIEND JILL AND ELOISE’S BUNNY ART)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/something-martha-graham-said-and-my-friend-jill/

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Goodnight Songs: A Celebration of the Seasons
Illustrated by Various Artists
Music by Emily Gary and Tom Proutt

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Terrific interview with Amy Gary, who discovered the extraordinary unpublished stash of Margaret Wise Brown works, about MWB’s musical ambitions for her words:
http://music.cbc.ca/#!/blogs/2015/7/The-secret-songs-of-Goodnight-Moon-author-Margaret-Wise-Brown-10-things-you-didnt-know

My one big question is, where is all the music written by Margaret Wise Brown?  It is mentioned many times in the interview above, but why are none of her verses published which include her music?

GOODNIGHT SONGS: A CELEBRATION OF THE SEASONS is a gorgeous book.  The pictures from the various artists are lush and sweet, dolce and beautiful.  The songs on the CD are lovely, too.  The singing and musical instrumentation are very well done and the melodies are pretty.

I just hope to heaven they’ll make some stand alone books of the verses and match with them music written by Margaret Wise Brown herself.

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Related Posts

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THE ILLUSTRATED SONGS OF MARGARET WISE BROWN
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/the-illustrated-songs-of-margaret-wise-brown/

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Goodnight Songs, a Singable Picture Book Compilation of Lullabies with Words by Margaret Wise Brown
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/goodnight-songs-a-singable-picture-book-compilation-of-lullabies-with-words-by-margaret-wise-brown/

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

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

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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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My Woodland Wish
Words by Kate Endle and Caspar Babypants
Music by Caspar Babypants (Chris Ballew)
Illustrations by Kate Endle

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Once I learn and get music made to sing this song, it would be fun to find finger puppets or simple costume items (or maybe just let the kids improvise) and let children in the classes play the parts of the animals to whom the song narrator sings.  Kids PreK-1 would have such fun slithering like a snake, staring like an owl or prowling like a raccoon.

It also would be fun to make up arm movements to represent each animal so that all kids in a visit could act along while we sing.

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My Woodland Wish YouTube Book Preview

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkuFSz26tmI

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My Woodland Wish Free Music Download Page:
http://babypantsmusic.com/album/21467/my-woodland-wish

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KATE ENDLE AND CASPAR BABYPANTS
SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF KATE ENDLE AND CASPAR BABYPANTS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/the-singable-picture-books-of-kate-endle-and-caspar-babypants/

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CASPAR BABYPANTS  AND CASPAR BABYPANTS
SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF KATE ENDLE AND CASPAR BABYPANTS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/the-singable-picture-books-of-kate-endle-and-caspar-babypants

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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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Bunny Rabbit in the Sunlight
Words by Kate Endle and Caspar Babypants
Music by Caspar Babypants (Chris Ballew)
Illustrations by Kate Endle

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Link to download the song for the book:
http://babypantsmusic.com/album/21466/bunny-rabbit-in-the-sunlight

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Here’s an adorable, but intriguing book for pre-schoolers that parents will love, too.  The cut paper pictures by Kate Endle are made gorgeously textured and painted papers in rich colors and humorous, simple but beautiful shapes.  The text is filled with chewy, challenging vocabulary.  The music is great, too, hip, groovy and captivating and interesting like secretly tracking a mythical creature in the woods by hiding behind trees. Reminds me of new, modern addition to the School House Rock repertoire.

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YouTube book preview:

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

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KATE ENDLE AND CASPAR BABYPANTS
SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF KATE ENDLE AND CASPAR BABYPANTS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/the-singable-picture-books-of-kate-endle-and-caspar-babypants/

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CASPAR BABYPANTS  AND CASPAR BABYPANTS
SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF KATE ENDLE AND CASPAR BABYPANTS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/the-singable-picture-books-of-kate-endle-and-caspar-babypants


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