Sing Books with Emily, the Blog

It is SUCH A JOY 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, listed in no particular order:

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space song rocket ride
Space Song Rocket Ride
Words and Music by Sunny Scribens (using elements of the song AND THE GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND)
Illustrated by David Sim
CD Performance by Mark Collins
Published by Barefoot Books 

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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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fairy went a marketing
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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New York State of Mind

Words and Music by Billy Joel
Illustrated by IZAK

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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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Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Words by Jack Norworth
Music by Albert Von Tilzer
Illustrated by Amiko Hirao
Performed by Carly Simon

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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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The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States

Sing this with THE PREAMBLE SONG from SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK   (and FIFTY NIFTY STATES, too!)
Preamble Song
Preamble Text by Gouverneur Morris
Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Inscribed and Illustrated by Sam Fink
From: The Constitution of the United States of America (With Benjamin Franklin’s Address to the Delegates Upon the Signing of the Constitution)

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Preamble
Art by Mike Wilkins (1987)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
http://americanart.si.edu
Sing this ART with The Preamble Song” from Schoolhouse Rock”  (and Fifty Nifty States, too!)
Additional Lyrics by
Music by Lynn Ahrens

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When Johnny Comes Marching Home (A Song About a Soldier’s Return)
Traditional Tune
Words by Patrick S. Gilmore
Illustrated by Todd Ouren
(This book features printed music, historical information and activities)

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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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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 Heather Lynn Harris
Originally Published in A Child’s Garden of Verses
Sing “The Swing” with Emily:
https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-swing-rls-eleg-sbwe

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The Little Turtle
Poem by Vachel Lindsay
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Maryann Kovalski

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The Little Turtle Song Sheet w Guitar Chords
Poem by Vachel Lindsay
Traditional Tune with Chords by ELEG for SBWE SBS
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this page, click here:
SBWE SBS Little Turtle w chords

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Do All the Good You Can w Rainbow Song Sheet 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:
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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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Birds, a Poetic Companion (Inspired by Jack Prelutsky’s “Bird Lullaby”)
Music by Jack Prelutsky
Photos of birds found online

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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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Old King Cole w Chords for SBWE SBS
Traditional Words and Tune
Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series

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Lucy Locket with Guitar Chords for SBWE (Johnstone Illustration)
Traditional Words and Tune
Sing to the Familiar First Verse Tune Used for Yankee Doodle
Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Illustration by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone
From Dean’s Mother Goose Book of Rhymes, 1977

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Lucy Locket with Guitar Chords for SBWE SBS
Traditional Words and Tune
Sing to the Same Tune as Yankee Doodle
Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series

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Five Little Owls w chords for SBWE Songbook Series (Updated) 

Rhyme by Anonymous
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this page, click here:
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Five Little Owls

Rhyme by Anonymous
Book Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE

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The Continents Song
Traditional Tune (Sing to the tune of, “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands”)
Adapted Lyrics
Map created by ephotopix.com
Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

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

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Little Miss Muffet for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
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SBWE 5 Second Birthday Song lyric sheet
5 Second Birthday Song for SBWE

By ELEG for SBWE
Made up on 11/10/2015 for friend Sandi C’s birthday

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Edelweiss 
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
From SOUND OF MUSIC

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This sheet has a tiny little update that helps me (Mrs. G/Emily) remember how I like to play it. 
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Edelweiss (lyric sheet with guitar chords) Updated
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
From SOUND OF MUSIC
edelweiss w guitar chords (eleg loved one) updated

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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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A Pie Sat on a Pear Tree
Traditional Rhyme
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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A Pie Sat on a Pear Tree
Traditional Rhyme
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone
From: Dean’s Mother Goose Book of Rhymes (1977)

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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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ZYX Sing Along Card with ASL Alphabet and Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

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Earth Pledge ELEG SBWE chords
Earth Pledge

Words by Artist Janina Lamb
Tune and Chords by ELEG for 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

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SMILE SONG
Words Adapted from a Girl Scout Song
Sing to the tune of 99 Bottles
Chords by ELEG for SBWE

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SMILE SONG Song Sheet with Guitar Chords for SBWE
Words Adapted from a Girl Scout Song
Sing to the tune of 99 Bottles
Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
Smile Song w chords SBWE

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DUST OF SNOW (w chords)
Poem by Robert Frost
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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The Big Rock Candy Mountain

Traditional Words and Tune
Arrangement by Kathy Boyd and Mark Gensman
Illustrated by John Kanzler

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

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You’re a Grand Old Flag

Words and Music by George M. Cohan
Illustrated by Todd Ouren

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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

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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

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TO MEET MR. LINCOLN (Book for SBWE)
Poem by Eve Merriam
Tune by ELEG for SBWE

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TO MEET MR. LINCOLN
Poem by Eve Merriam
Illustrated by Marc Simont
Featured in Sing a Song of Popcorn (Every Child’s Book of Poems)
Tune by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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Yankee Doodle for SBWE Sing Along Sheet with Guitar Chords
Traditional Words and Tune Slightly Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE

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Yankee Doodle (A Song from the American Revolution)

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Todd Ouren
(This book features printed music, a page of song history, and activity ideas)

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WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND (SBWE Songbook Series)
Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Traditional Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series

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Over in the Meadow (Barefoot Books)
Words by Olive A. Wadsworth
Words Adapted by Jill McDonald
Music by Mabel Wood Hill
Illustrated by Jill McDonald
Published by Barefoot Books 

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America (My Country ’Tis of Thee)
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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Trouble Brewing (A Fun Song about the Boston Tea Party)
(A sing-along history lesson with music and lyrics)
Words and Music by Michael Dahl
Traditional Tune (sing to the tune of My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean)
Illustrated by Brandon Reibeling

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GIVE ME YOUR TIRED YOUR POOR (sing along book 4 SBWE)
Excerpt from The New Colossus
Poem by Emma Lazarus
Music by Irving Berlin
Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Cover Picture by Eloise Gleichenhaus (2010)

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THE NEW COLOSSUS (song Give Me Your Tired Your Poor)
Poem by Emma Lazarus
Music by Irving Berlin
Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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bring us water molly pitcher
Bring Us Water, Molly Pitcher (A Fun Song About the Battle of Monmouth)
Book by Michael Dahl
Sing to the Tune of She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain
Illustrated by Sandra D’Antonio
From the Fun Song Series

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amoeba hop
Amoeba Hop
Words and Music by Christine Lavin
Illustrated by Betsy Franco Feeney

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Sweet Suffolk Owl
Poem Attributed to an Anonymous Author
Illustrations Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

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

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The Lady with the Alligator Purse
Traditional Words and Music
Words Adapted by Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

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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)

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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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Grandma’s Feather Bed (John Denver’s)
Words and Music by Jim Connor
Adapted and Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

 

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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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Related Posts

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EMILY’S SING BOOKS REPERTOIRE
The Sing Books with Emily Repertoire of Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/the-sing-books-with-emily-repertoire-of-illustrated-song/

This post is an addendum to the post
Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor (from THE NEW COLOSSUS), A Singable Poem in a Picture Book
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/give-me-your-tired-your-poor-a-singable-poem-in-picture-books/

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3/18/2017

This post constitutes the hemming and hawing of an artist.  The horrible self doubt, the second guessing.  The raw reality of the risks every artist takes when she performs,   emotionally flaying herself in public.  It’s a risk.  I’ll be honest that I’m not always up to the task.  Being an artist, living my life this way, doing the work, fulfills what I know are my deepest needs and desires.  I also feel a satisfaction in the genuine sense that I am fulfilling my mission.  I’m doing in life what I was sent here to do.  I don’t need to be famous.  I need to go to classrooms and share this music with kids.  These are intimate performances, deeply engaging, profoundly important.

Sometimes, though, performing outside this context, engaging with others exhausts and damages me.  I’m just being honest.

I was contemplating bringing THE NEW COLOSSUS/GIVE ME YOUR TIRED YOUR POOR to an open mic sometime.  But the demons in my head went to work.  People will say my guitar sounds horrible.  People will see that I’m not a very good guitar player.  People will say my arrangement is not good.

Gee wiz.  Really?  The truth is, they WILL say these things, but maybe I should do it anyway.  I’ve begun bringing the poem/song to classrooms, a situation in which the importance and context of the words themselves clearly override any other concern.  Why, then, cannot this be so of an open mic?

Maybe this can be so.

One should not set up songs with equivocations, but I’m going to do it anyway, because sometimes life’s circumstances, and the opinions of others, puts one on the defensive, and, one (me) feels the need to guard against it, or to set expectations.

Additionally, I think artists have missions and sometimes we can’t let circumstances stand in the way of making the art and doing the work.

I know that my guitar is not high quality and it does not make a high quality sound.  I know I am not a good guitar player.  I know that the chords I’ve assembled (as they are the ones within my skill set) to sing/play this song do not always make the most beautiful harmonies with the melody.

However, I use the guitar when other accompaniment is not available to me.  Though I’m not a good player, I’m good ENOUGH to suit the situations in which I usually need to accompany myself.  As Mary Poppins says, “Enough is as good as a feast.” For example, I often accompany myself on guitar to play/sing  rhymes and little songs with children in classrooms.  And, if I were not doing it, no one else would.

THE NEW COLOSSUS and Irving Berlin’s musical setting of the last section of it, GIVE ME YOUR TIRED YOUR POOR, is important.  It is an important American Poem, written by a great American (Emma Lazarus) that gives voice to one of America’s most important icons, The Statue of Liberty.  The poem deserves recitation.  It deserves to be heard.  The song deserves to be sung.  The song deserves to be heard.  Especially NOW, TODAY, when many Great American Ideals are being subverted by greed, corruption, and plain meanness.

As the great quote (attributed to many) says, “If not me, who?  If not now, when?”

In spite of the fact that the quality and sound of my guitar and my skill to play it leave something to be desired, I’ve decided to take a stand (as Lady Liberty defiantly and proudly stands) and sing and play it anyway.  I will do this because the poem needs fresh life in its repetition, the song needs to be voiced so it can wing its way into hearts and minds, because the spark is within me to sing it, because I know the poem in my heart, because I desperately WANT to, and because it is important to convey the philosophy and ideals within it: sing it, I shall.

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Martha Graham said,

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.

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This poem is often attributed to Mother Theresa, but it seems that attribution is iffy.  I don’t care who said it.  The poem is correct.  Sometimes we just have to do something, regardless of what others will say and do.

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

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Related Posts

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Something Martha Graham Said, and My Friend Jill
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/something-martha-graham-said-and-my-friend-jill/

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Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor (from THE NEW COLOSSUS), A Singable Poem in a Picture Book
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/give-me-your-tired-your-poor-a-singable-poem-in-picture-books/

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INFO AND THINKING ABOUT SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
This page has a list of Singable Picture Books Elsewhere Online
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/resources-for-inspiration-and-information/

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Bring Us Water, Molly Pitcher (A Fun Song About the Battle of Monmouth)
Book by Michael Dahl
Sing to the Tune of She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain
Illustrated by Sandra D’Antonio
From the Fun Song Series

I love the Fun Song Series.  The whole series of books provides an outlet to sing and learn simultaneously, while having fun!

Molly Pitcher is a great female heroic figure from the Revolutionary War.  Her story shows kids that, in conflicts like the one Americans fought for their independence, everyone had to pitch in and do their part.  Additionally, kids learn that one of the secrets to the success of American’s unlikely victory were these seemingly small acts of heroism which added up to make a big difference.

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Molly Pitcher, Folk Hero on Biography.com
http://www.biography.com/people/molly-pitcher-9390922

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Molly Pitcher, wiki
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molly_Pitcher

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Related Posts

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FUN SONGS SERIES on SBWE
A series of illustrated history lessons set to familiar tunes
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/05/15/fun-songs-illustrated-american-history-songs-set-to-familiar-tunes/

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FUN SONGS SERIES Online
Published by Picture Window Books, By Michael Dahl, Illustrated by Brandon Reibeling.  History lessons set to the tune of well known songs.
https://www.overdrive.com/series/fun-songs

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AMERICAN HISTORY: CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND TELL STORIES OF AMERICAN HISTORY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

I’m going to be honest about my point of view.  I think girls need more role models in literature, theater, art and song.  This is not to take anything away from the boys!  Certainly not!  But through all of history, most of the characters in any works of art are male.  Girls need role models, too.  They certainly need more role models than they have.

For this list, and its companion list of songs with FEMALE PROTAGONISTS, I’m exploring my own repertoire for gender representation in songs.  Please note once more, this assembly of songs represents ONLY those from my personal repertoire (a representative subset, a Solar System, if you will, in the galaxy of songs in the world).

There are many songs in my repertoire that don’t have characters (ABCs or Feliz Navidad, for example) or that don’t make a point of the character’s genders (All God’s Critters or Five Little Owls)

Writing this on 3/18/2017, approximate count of my repertoire’s illustrated songs:
With male protagonists: 66
With female protagonists: 38

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In this version, Papa does the quacking
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5 Little Ducks
Traditional Words and Tune
Sing to the tune of FIVE LITTLE DUCKS
Words Adapted by Denise Fleming
Illustrated by Denise Fleming

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The Bear went over the mountain to see what he could see
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The Bear Went Over the Mountain

Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Iza Trapani

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

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Benjamin Franklin Founding Father

Words by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Sing to the Tune of “Ode to Joy” (by  Ludwig van Beethoven)
Illustrated with Online Images of Artwork by Various Artists

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I adore this song, but, though there are females in the illustrations, not a single female is mentioned.
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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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Billy Boy
Traditional Words and Music
Verses Selected by Richard Chase
Illustrated by Glen Rounds

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How many times must a man turn his head?
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Blowin’ in the Wind
Words and Music by Bob Dylan
Illustrated by Jon Muth

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The child this song is about is a boy.
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The Circle Game
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Brian Deines

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The dinosaur and his boy

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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“I’ve got an old mule and his name is Sal…”

The Erie Canal
Traditional Words and tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier

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The Gefiltes are boychick mensches, but mama is the one who cries.
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Five Little Gefiltes
Traditional Tune (Sing to the tune of “Five Little Ducks“)
Words Adapted by Dave Horowitz
Illustrated by Dave Horowitz

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The Fox is the father
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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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Frere Jacques-Brother John 
Traditional Words and Tune
Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Book Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE

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Females play parts in this song (my version includes Mousie, the Old Gray Goose), but the fellow Froggie is the main character
froggie went a courtin eleg 4 sbwe
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

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Frosty is a fella
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Frosty the Snowman
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Performed by Kenny Loggins
Illustrated by Wade Zahares

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Daddy takes us to the zoo, but at the end we learn that Momma will take us tomorrow.  You can sing this and change it around, though…
going to the zoo
Going to the Zoo
Words and Music by Tom Paxton
Illustrated by Karen Lee Schmidt
This book features printed music

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hector-protector-eleg-sbwe
Hector Protector (for SBWE)
Traditional Rhyme and Tune
Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
hector-protector-eleg-sbwe

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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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Here Comes Santa Claus
Words and Music by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman
Illustrated by Bruce Whatley

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He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
This book features historical information about the song.

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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 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

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The song sings about Jesus, but both beautiful illustrations prominently figure a native depiction of Mary
Huraon Carol Wallace
The Huron Carol
Words by Jean de Brébeuf (1643)
English Lyrics by Jesse Edgar Middleton (1926)
Set to an Adaptation of the 16th Century French Noel: “Une Jeune Pucelle” (“A Young Maid”)
Illustrated by Ian Wallace

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Papa buys the mocking bird in this version, but Mama goes about appeasing the baby in other versions

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

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i am the music man (classic books with holes)
I am the Music Man
Classic Books with Holes Series
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Debra Potter

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Oscar the Grouch…he is really wonderful
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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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Sung by a woman about her male love…it’s a wash, but gender plays a part!

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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Itsy Bitsy Snowman
Words by Jeffrey Burton
Illustrated by Sanja Rescek

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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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This Old Man, the male protagonist

Knick Knack Paddy Whack

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

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Kookaburra (Cantata Learning)
Traditional Words and Tune
Retold by Steven Anderson
Illustrated by Dan Taylor

 

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Dinah blows her horn, but a guy is singing and playing the banjo

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

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

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Jamberry
Sing to the Traditional Tune, ONE LITTLE TWO LITTLE
Text and Pictures by Bruce Degen

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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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Midnight Riders (a Fun Song About the Ride of Paul Revere and William Dawes) 
Traditional Tune (sing to the tune of “Over Hill, Over Dale”)
Musical Arrangement by Elizabeth Temple
Text and Lyrics by Michael Dahl
Illustrated by Brandon Reibling
ISBN 1-4048-0129-4
From the Fun Song Series

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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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Must Be Santa
Word Adapted by Tim Moore
Words and Music by Hal Moore and Bill Fredricks
Illustrated by Pete Whitehead
Sing with Mitch Miller on YouTube :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42_vCV2_gf0

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

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Old Blue is a male protagonist
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Old Blue (arranged by ELEG for SBWE and limberjack dog)

Traditional Words and Tune
Arrangement by ELEG for SBWE

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Old King Cole w Chords for SBWE SBS
Traditional Words and Tune
Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series

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Old MacDonald Had a Farm (Classic Books with Holes)
Classic Books with Holes Series
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Pam Adams
(You can find editions of this book which are packaged with a terrific sing-along CD)

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Old Noah built himself and Ark…
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One Wide River to Cross (also One More River)
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Barbara Emberley
Illustrated by Ed Emberley

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SBWE SBS Ostentation of a Peacock w chords
Ostentation of a Peacock w Chords for SBWE SBS
Words and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Sing to the Traditional Tune Brother John/Frere Jacques
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series

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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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Pass the Buck (a Fun Song About the Famous Faces and Places on American Money)
Words by Michael Dahl
Sing to the Tune of This Old Man
Illustrated by Brandon Reibeling
From the Fun Song Series

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Not a single female in here…
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Presidents Name Song for Sing Books with Emily
Sing to the Traditional Tune, ONE LITTLE TWO LITTLE
Song Intro by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Illustrations and Layout Compiled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

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

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row the boats (Geo Wash)
Row, Row, Row the Boats (A Fun Song About George Washington Crossing the Delaware)
Book by by Michael Dahl
Sing to the Tune of Row Your Boat
Illustrated by Sandra D’Antonio
From the Fun Song Series

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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
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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Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Word and Music by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie
Illustrated by Steven Kellogg

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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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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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The Little Turtle Song Sheet w Guitar Chords
Poem by Vachel Lindsay
Traditional Tune with Chords by ELEG for SBWE SBS
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this page, click here:
SBWE SBS Little Turtle w chords

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There Was an Old Man with a Beard
Limerick by Edward Lear
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Kelly Oechsli
This song sheet is for home or classroom use only.

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This is the House that Jack Built

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrations by Simms Taback

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TO MEET MR. LINCOLN
Poem by Eve Merriam
Illustrated by Marc Simont
Featured in Sing a Song of Popcorn (Every Child’s Book of Poems)
Tune by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
to-meet-mr-lincoln-merriam-eleg-sbwe

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trouble brewing dahl reibeling
Trouble Brewing (A Fun Song about the Boston Tea Party)
(A sing-along history lesson with music and lyrics)
Words and Music by Michael Dahl
Traditional Tune (sing to the tune of My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean)
Illustrated by Brandon Reibeling

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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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The song is about a swagman, a matilda is a sleeping bag…

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

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When I First Came to This Land

Words and Music by Oscar Brand
Illustrated by Doris Burn
LOC Catalog Card Number: 74-77596
This book contains notes about the author and illustrator and printed sheet music.

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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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When Johnny Comes Marching Home (A Song About a Soldier’s Return)
Traditional Tune
Words by Patrick S. Gilmore
Illustrated by Todd Ouren
(This book features printed music, historical information and activities)

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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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Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
Poem by Eugene Field
Music by Various Artists (Including Carly and Lucy Simon)
Illustrated by Giselle Potter

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Yankee Doodle (A Song from the American Revolution)

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Todd Ouren
(This book features printed music, a page of song history, and activity ideas)

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Lists I’ve been able to assemble of the illustrated musical works of specific male singers, writers, authors, composers

There are so many of these, that I’ll point you to the link which houses them all
Singable Picture Book Lists for Special Occasions & Interests
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/song-book-lists-for-all-occasions/

It doesn’t take much to notice that there are a lot more men doing writing lryic, composing music, and creating illustrations than there are women doing the same work.

I wonder why?

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Genders Specified in Illustrations (though not in lyrics)

Note:  There’s also the subject of genders depicted in the illustrations.  I’ve tried to only include songs in here in which the main character, as expressed by the lyrics, is one gender or the other.  Often, even if the song does not specify a gender for the protagonist, the illustrator will create one.  This isn’t a bad thing, since creating a character gives the kid reading the book a person to relate to.  The problem here, like with the lyrics, is that the protagonist in the illustrations is a male character much more often than a female character.

Just a sampling, but here are a couple books in which the lyrics do not specify gender of the storyteller, but the boy gets a starring roll in the illustrations:

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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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Hey, Little Ant
Sing to the Tune of “Five Little Ducks
Words by Phillip and Hannah Hoose
Illustrated by Debbie Tilley

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

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Related Posts

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Illustrated Songs in Emily’s Sing Books Repertoire that have Female Protagonists
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/03/18/illustrated-songs-in-emilys-sing-books-repertoire-with-female-protagonists/

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Illustrated Songs in Emily’s Sing Books Repertoire that have Male Progagonists
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/03/18/illustrated-songs-in-emilys-sing-books-repertoire-with-male-progagonists/

 

I’m going to be honest about my point of view.  I think girls need more role models in literature, theater, art and song.  This is not to take anything away from the boys!  Certainly not!  But through all of history, most of the characters in any works of art are male.  Girls need role models, too.  They certainly need more role models than they have.

For this list, and its companion list of songs with MALE PROTAGONISTS, I’m exploring my own repertoire for gender representation in songs.  Please note once more, this assembly of songs represents ONLY those from my personal repertoire (a representative subset, a Solar System, if you will, in the galaxy of songs in the world).

There are many songs in my repertoire that don’t have characters (ABCs or Feliz Navidad, for example) or that don’t make a point of the character’s genders (All God’s Critters or Five Little Owls)

For a number of old rhymes, for which I may have adapted, or for which I completely wrote a new tune, I purposefully changed the gender.  Most rhyme, like everything else, were written about male characters. I took some artistic liberty and made those same characters female.

Writing this on 3/18/2017, approximate count of my repertoire’s illustrated songs:
With male protagonists: 66
With female protagonists: 38

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When wrote this version of BINGO for myself, I purposefully made Bingo a female
Mrs Gs Musical Bingo Zoo w Limberjack Dog
BINGO for Mrs. G’s Sing Books with Emily Musical Zoo and Limberdog
Traditional Words and Tune
Adaptations by ELEG for SBWE

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bring us water molly pitcher
Bring Us Water, Molly Pitcher (A Fun Song About the Battle of Monmouth)
Book by Michael Dahl
Sing to the Tune of She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain
Illustrated by Sandra D’Antonio
From the Fun Song Series

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Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner Hogan Logan Bogan Was Her Name

Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Tedd Arnold
Illustrated by Tedd Arnold

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The character telling this story is a girl.

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

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I think Dolly Parton is a hero, and so is the girl in her song.
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Coat of Many Colors
Words and Music by Dolly Parton
Illustrated by Brooke Boynton-Hughes

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The song is about a girl going to the Easter Parade up 5th Avenue in NYC

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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This fairy is a real hero in my book! The poem was written in 1918 by Rose Fyleman.  I love to sing this song with Ginger Sand’s jubilant musical setting.
fairy went a marketing
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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This version has a mama duck
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Five Little Ducks (Classic Books with Holes)

Classic Books with Holes Series
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Penny Ives

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The Statue of Liberty is a fine female heroic icon, and so is Emma Lazarus who wrote the poem and gave voice to Lady Liberty
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“Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” and THE NEW COLOSSUS 
Poem by Emma Lazarus
Music by Irving Berlin
Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
new-colossus-song-sheet-w-music-sbwe

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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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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

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Mama appeases the baby in this version

Hush, Little Baby

Traditional Rhyme and Tune
Illustrated by Marla Frazee

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Mama appeases the baby in this version

Hush, Little Baby

Traditional Words and Tune (Sing to the tune of “Hush Little Baby”)
Words Adapted by Sylvia Long
Illustrated by Sylvia Long
(This adaptation has a wonderful “non-material” theme where the mother offers the gift of viewing  lovely things in nature)

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Girls can make some real hay in the “I Know/There Was an Old Lady/Woman” songs
PS:  This one is my favorite
old lady who swallowed a dreidel
I Know and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel
Adaptation by Caryn Yacowitz
Illustrated by David Slonim

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Girls can make some real hay in the “I Know and Old Lady/Woman” songs

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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Sung by a woman about her male love…it’s a wash, but gender plays a part!

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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Dinah blows her horn, but a guy is singing and playing the banjo

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

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

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keep on sewing betsy ross
Keep On Sewing, Betsy Ross! (A Fun Song About the First American Flag)
Book by Michael Dahl
Sing to the Tune of Yankee Doodle
Illustrated by Sandra D’Antonio
From the Fun Song Series

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Keep On Sewing, Betsy Ross! (Lyrics with Guitar Chords)
Words by Michael Dahl
Sing to the Tune of Yankee Doodle
Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
keep-on-sewing-betsy-ross-w-chords

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The Lady with the Alligator Purse
Traditional Words and Music
Words Adapted by Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

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little miss muffet eleg sbwe
Little Miss Muffet for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
little miss muffet eleg sbwe

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Lucy Locket with Guitar Chords for SBWE (Johnstone Illustration)
Traditional Words and Tune
Sing to the Familiar First Verse Tune Used for Yankee Doodle
Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Illustration by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone
From Dean’s Mother Goose Book of Rhymes, 1977

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LYDIA THE TATTOED LADY 4SBWE cover only
Lydia the Tattooed Lady
Words by Yip Harburg
Music by Harold Arlen

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

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Mary Had a Little Lamb
Traditional Tune
Original Rhyme by Sarah Josepha Hale
Illustrated by Salley Mavor

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maria had a little llama
Maria Had a Little Llama/María Tenía una Llamita
Written and Illustrated by Angela Dominguez
Sing to the Tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb
ISBN 978-0-8050-9333-9

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Mary Wore Her Red Dress (and Henry Wore His Green Sneakers)
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Merle Peek
Illustrated by Merle Peek

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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 dirai-je Maman
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE

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One Two Three Four Mary at the Cottage Door
Traditional Rhyme
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone

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A Pie Sat on a Pear Tree
Traditional Rhyme
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
pie sat on a pear tree eleg sbwe

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Penny’s Song (lyrics w chords)

Words and Music by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this sheet, click here:
penny’s song eleg sbwe lyrics w chords 

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ruby-the-red-nose-reindeer-eleg-sbwe-w-chords
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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She'll Be Comin Round the Mountain SBWE
She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain for SBWE and Limberhorse
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Emily for SBWE
Page by ELEG for SBWE

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The Sparrow
Words and Music by Jill Leger
Illustrated by Jill Leger
Sing-Along on Youtube with a karaoke video of “The Sparrow”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlxqa-eXTVw
Emily’s recording of “The Sparrow” on:
http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-sparrow-eleg-by-jill-leger

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Sweet Suffolk Owl
Poem Attributed to an Anonymous Author
Illustrations Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

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Katie Casey is the female hero in this song

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Words by Jack Norworth
Music by Albert Von Tilzer
Illustrated by Amiko Hirao
Performed by Carly Simon

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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)

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Girls can make some real hay in the “I Know/There Was an Old Lady/Woman” songs

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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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

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Lists I’ve been able to assemble of the illustrated musical works of specific male singers, writers, authors, composers

There are so many of these, that I’ll point you to the link which houses them all
Singable Picture Book Lists for Special Occasions & Interests
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/song-book-lists-for-all-occasions/

It doesn’t take much to notice that there are a lot more men doing writing lryic, composing music, and creating illustrations than there are women doing the same work.

I wonder why?

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Genders Specified in Illustrations (though not in lyrics)

Note:  There’s also the subject of genders depicted in the illustrations.  I’ve tried to only include songs in here in which the main character, as expressed by the lyrics, is one gender or the other.  Often, even if the song does not specify a gender for the protagonist, the illustrator will create one.  This isn’t a bad thing, since creating a character gives the kid reading the book a person to relate to.  The problem here, like with the lyrics, is that the protagonist in the illustrations is a male character much more often than a female character.

Here are a couple books in which the lyrics do not specify gender of the storyteller, but the girl gets a starring roll in the illustrations:

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At least in the illustrations of this book, the girl is the main character, and, it is written by two women!
amoeba hop
Amoeba Hop
Words and Music by Christine Lavin
Illustrated by Betsy Franco Feeney

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

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Related Posts

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Illustrated Songs in Emily’s Sing Books Repertoire that have Female Protagonists
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/03/18/illustrated-songs-in-emilys-sing-books-repertoire-with-female-protagonists/

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Illustrated Songs in Emily’s Sing Books Repertoire that have Male Progagonists
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/03/18/illustrated-songs-in-emilys-sing-books-repertoire-with-male-progagonists/

 

I was delighted to join my friends at Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, Alexandria, VA to celebrate March Madness.

Here are the illustrated songs we sang:

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twinkle little star sheet w chords by ELEG for SBWE
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

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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

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space song rocket ride
Space Song Rocket Ride
Words and Music by Sunny Scribens (using elements of the song AND THE GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND)
Illustrated by David Sim
CD Performance by Mark Collins
Published by Barefoot Books 

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

Traditional Words and Tune
Arrangement by ELEG for SBWE

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Mary Had a Little Lamb
Traditional Tune
Original Rhyme by Sarah Josepha Hale
Illustrated by Salley Mavor

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mary-had-a-little-lamb-for-sbwe
Mary Had a Little Lamb (for SBWE)
Traditional Tune
Words by Sarah Josepha Hale
Page and Arrangement Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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Mary Had a Little Lamb (for book)
Traditional Tune
Words by Sarah Josepha Hale
Page and Arrangement Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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London Bridge is Falling Down (w guitar chords)
Traditional Words and Tune
Arranged by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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Knick Knack Paddy Whack

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

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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:
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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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I Love the Mountains
Traditional Words and Music
Words Adapted by John Archembault and David R. Plummer
Illustrated by Susan Swan

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HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE SING ALONG BOOK 
Traditional Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme
Book Assembled for SBWE
Illustrations by Various Artists

This book is for classroom use only.

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Hey Diddle Diddle Song Sheet w Chords for SBWE Songbook Series
Traditional Words and Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series

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Hector Protector (for SBWE)
Traditional Rhyme and Tune
Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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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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Frosty the Snowman
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Performed by Kenny Loggins
Illustrated by Wade Zahares

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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

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He got down upon his knee and said, “Miss Mousie will you marry me?”
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Froggie Went a-Courtin’ with limberjack frog

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

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Baa!  Baa!  Black Sheep
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

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Baa Baa Black Sheep w Chords for SBWE Songbook Series
Traditional Words and Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series

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

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5 Little Ducks
Traditional Words and Tune
Sing to the tune of FIVE LITTLE DUCKS
Words Adapted by Denise Fleming
Illustrated by Denise Fleming

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One Two Three Four Mary at the Cottage Door (for SBWE)
Traditional Rhyme
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
1234-mary-at-the-cottage-door-eleg-sbwe-w-chords

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One Two Three Four Mary at the Cottage Door
Traditional Rhyme
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone

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One Two Three Four Mary at the Cottage Door
Traditional Rhyme
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
1234-mary-at-the-cottage-door-eleg-sbwe-lyrics

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Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library

4701 Seminary Road,
Alexandria VA, 22304
703-746-1704

More info on their website, here:
https://alexlibraryva.org/client/en_US/home/?rm=BURKE0%7C%7C%7C1%7C%7C%7C1%7C%7C%7Ctrue

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Related Posts

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EMILY’S UPCOMING (AND PAST) PERFORMANCES
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/emilys-upcoming-performances/

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SONGBOOK SERIES (SBWE SBS): HOST PAGE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sbwe-song-book-series/

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MOTHER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES: SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SONGBOOK SERIES (SBWE SBS)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/11/21/sing-books-with-emily-songbook-series-mother-goose-nursery-rhymes/

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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/

 

The following are addenda for:
OCTOPUS’S GARDEN, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/octopuss-garden-a-singable-picture-book-2/

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Addendum, 2016 12

One of the kids in the Coffman-Strickland group wrote me a note and made a picture for Octopus’s Garden:

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ABOUT OCTOPUS INTELLIGENCE

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Article from Washington Post about an octopus that escaped an aquarium through a drain pipe that lead to the ocean: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2016/04/13/octopus-slips-out-of-aquarium-tank-crawls-across-floor-escapes-down-pipe-to-ocean
Octopus are extremely intelligent, fascinating creatures!

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A fascinating article from NY Times (Dec. 2016) about octopus intelligence and how their minds work:
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/27/books/review/other-minds-peter-godfrey-smith.html

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Related Posts

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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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MUPPETS
ILLUSTRATED SONGS OF THE MUPPETS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/illustrated-songs-of-the-muppets/

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SONG OF THE DAY, 8/19/2015
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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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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