Sing Books with Emily, the Blog

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I am very grateful this year to have received a $300 PTA Teachers grant, put in for me by the Kindergarten Team at Tuckahoe Elementary. Thank you very much Kindergarten Friends of Sing Books!  This report is to share with you what I have done with it.

The grant gave me a wonderful opportunity to buy some new books and enrichment materials for my Sing Books with Emily Repertoire.

Katie McAllister, the PTA treasurer, was my contact.  I submitted requests to her and she purchased the items for me.  My heartfelt gratitude goes to her, too, for being so accommodating, kind and helpful.

When the Tuckahoe Elementary PTA Silent Auction rolled around this year, I was delighted for the opportunity to “pay it forward” with a donation of a Sing Books performance.  I know that the item got purchased (and who purchased it as the donated performance is already scheduled) but, of course, I do not know the amount Sing Books donation brought.  Whatever it is, I hope that the donation can go at least in some part to offset the cost of the grant.

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Below is a list of the items that I got for Sing Books with the grant and notes for what I’ve been able to develop so far, or my plans for developing the materials.  Developing each of these requires time/focus/expense/energy, things that are hard to come by with multiple performances each day and taking care of my home and family the rest of the time (a predicament everyone is aware of!).  But overtime each item will get its due to delight, educate, and enrich the cultural lives of the children with whom I get to share Sing Books.  I can’t overstate my gratitude to have the new raw materials to develop.  It’s a wonderful thing for an artist to have support.  So far, I’ve been able to develop music for a few of the items below, which are already in my repertoire.  If the title is blue, it is linked to the post about that song or item.

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Bluebird Finger Puppet

One of my favorite illustrated songs to sing with kids is OVER THE RAINBOW , and not just because it is such an excellent song. In all honesty, I do think that OVER THE RAINBOW  is practically perfect.  It is beautiful to listen to and relatable to the heart. It is a JOY to sing with a lovely melody, legato line, and wide open vowels to sing on. And the words.  Good heavens, those words which so perfectly capture intense longing to engage in life that one suspects is dancing in technicolor glory right outside of what seems to be within reach.  But the song also hints that one CAN find a way to reach those places.  A rainbow is a bridge and bridges cross divides and allow access to new places.  And bluebirds fly over the rainbow.  The singer asks, “Why oh why can’t I?”  When I sing this, I don’t think, “Everyone else can do it, but I can’t.”  I think, “The bluebird can do it, so that means that I can, too.”

As achingly longing and sublime as the song is, it is also one of empowerment, the beginning of a plan.  As much as I’d like to EXPLAIN all this to kids, I was thinking it might be more fun to demonstrate it.  So, I found this bluebird finger puppet.  Separately, I bought a rainbow soft sculpture from a wonderful person in Ibiza, Spain who makes rainbow items.  I’ll ask for two volunteers. One child will hold the rainbow and the other will have the bluebird.  I’ll ask all the children to to listen carefully for the lyrics “If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow…” and demonstrate the bluebird flying over the rainbow.

Maybe over time this demonstration will spark the notion that “the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true” (with hard work, focus, persistence, and determination).

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NOTE:  There are many songs which refer to birds and having little friends like this one gives a resource for audience participation.

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Egg Shakers

NOTE: I got this excellent set of egg shakers for audience participation in songs like BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN. and WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE SWEET LOVE.

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Firefly Finger Puppet

NOTE: I got two firefly finger puppets. These twinklers (they light up!) will be fun to allow audience participation for a few songs about fireflies.  These include a variation of  TWO LITTLE BLACKBIRDS about TWO LITTLE FIREFLIES. The fireflies will also get use when singing a musical setting I wrote for a short poem by Elizabeth Madox Roberts called FIREFLY.

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Hey Diddle Diddle
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
Published by Nosy Crow “Sing along with me!” Series

NOTE: This is my SingBooksWithEmily.wordpress.com blog post addendum for this version of HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE:

This version of HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE was purchased with a kind 2017/2018 school year Teacher’s Grant from the Tuckahoe Elementary School PTA, put in for Sing Books with Emily by the Kindergarten Team. I’m so grateful!  Nosy Crow’s rendition of HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE is really cute.  For one thing, I appreciate when the characters are animals.  This allows all kids to identify with all the characters without having to encounter the barriers and feelings associated with racial and cultural identities. This Nosy Crow board book also features engaging moving parts (like a wheel you can turn to make the cow jump over the moon which also makes the carousel spin).

Nosy Crow’s webpage for this book has an embedded sing along player:
https://player.fm/series/nosy-crow-stories-aloud/sing-along-with-me-hey-diddle-diddle

HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE, as a rhyme, has been in my repertoire for some time, but it is always good for children to see rhymes represented different ways.  I’m making a conscious effort to include more rhymes in my visits with kids PreK and Kindergarten. Many studies have shown that children come to Kindergarten knowing a number of nursery rhymes by heart significantly increases the ease with which that those children learn to read. And the effects continue even to more advanced elementary grades. Singing rhymes might seem like a silly, even expendable, activity, but the effects it has on forming the brain of an emergent reader are profound.  Knowing rhymes tunes the ears for sounds and language.  And knowing a rhyme by heart helps a kid to start recognizing words in print that they already know in their heads.  And then young brains can use that skill to start making other connections.

This mission to include more rhymes in my repertoire is even more profound after talking to many PreK and K teachers who say that few children come to school knowing rhymes any more. This is a gap that I can help fill.  I also sing frequently at libraries and community events.  I will certainly work to share with parents and caregivers how fun and easy it is to sing these kinds of rhymes with their young ones.  One of my goals is to share programs for people who don’t feel confident singing rhymes with their children (maybe they don’t have books or they don’t know the words or the tunes) and teach them and give them the resources to do that.  Along these lines, I’ve already begun my SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SONGBOOK SERIES. This is a series of printable song sheets linked to posts with everything I can find to help folks know about and sing the rhymes (including Sing Books with Emily embedded scratch vocal sing along SoundCloud players).

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Hickory Dickory Dock (Cantata Learning)
Traditional Tune
Words Adapted/Additional Words by Megan Borgert-Spaniol
Illustrated by Annie Wilkinson
Music Arranged & Produced by Wes Schuck
Book Published by Cantata Learning

NOTE: This is an enjoyable, extended/adapted version of the rhyme HICKORY DICKORY DOCK. Singing it will give kids a chance to work on their analog clock. time-telling skills.  I’m working now to think up ways to involve audience participation with the kids.  Maybe have someone hold a clock and turn the hands. I imagine another child using a triangle instrument to DING the hour.  Maybe puppets for the animals so other children can act out the parts.  It’ll be fun once I figure it all out.

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Hummingbird Finger Puppet

NOTE: I got one of these with the grant and then purchased another myself to make a pair. I thought this was such a beautiful little thing and I know it will capture the enchantment of kids when we use it.  There are a number of little poems about hummingbirds.  I will write tunes for them.  Or write a whole little song myself.  For one thing right away, I can use the pair for an adaptation of the rhyme for TWO LITTLE BLACKBIRDS called TWO LITTLE HUMMINGBIRDS

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Jingle Sticks

NOTE:  I got two of these jingle sticks through the grant and subsequently purchased more myself.  I’ve had some experience with different kinds of jingle sticks and these are excellent.  About 10″ long and with 21 bells, they aren’t to big or too small and have an excellent hardy sleighbell sounding jingle.  I have put these jingle sticks to use with songs like JINGLE BELLS, WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND, and OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOOD.  I ask for volunteers and kids jingle away while we sing the songs.

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

NOTE:  LOVE ME TENDER has also entered my repertoire. I was singing the song with a different book, but, frankly, I didn’t like the book very much.  What I love about this one especially is that it is inclusively illustrated.  I feel like every child deserves to see a representation of him or herself through which to identify with the material.  This illustration achieves that in a sweet and wonderful way, to lovingly match this sweet, loving, and mesmerizing song.

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Oopsie-Do!
Words and Music by Tim Kubart
Illustrated by Lori Richmond

NOTE:  This book has not been published yet.  It’s release date is May 1, 2018 (there very last day upon which I’m eligible to put in for the grant).  Katie has my order and I will gratefully receive it. I made a preliminary post for OOPSIE-DO, which includes an embedded SoundCloud player of Tim Kubart’s recording of his song.  It’s terrific, adorable and sweet without being condescending. It’s got a fun to sing Broadway-Pop sound to it.  I think kids are going to love it.  This one is going to require my working with a musician to make an excellent instrumental track for singing.  My ukulele isn’t going to cut it with this one.

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One Little Owl
Traditional Words and Music
Adapted by Kenneth K. Guilmartin and Lili M. Levinowitz
Additional Words by Kenneth K. Guilmartin
Illustrated by Nancy Meyers
Published by Music Together Singalong Storybooks

NOTE: My plan for this song is to use the printed music in the back of the book as a starting point and develop my own instrumental arrangement for ukulele as accompaniment when singing with kids in their classrooms.

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Owl Finger Puppet

NOTE: This little owl became the start of a delightful Parliament of Owls for Sing Books. Over the years, I have collected a repertoire of OWL SONGS FOR SING BOOKS WITH EMILY and it is fun and engaging to have representations of these enigmatic creatures.  I’ve been using my carved wood owl whistle for a couple of years.  After receiving this owl, I purchased a few others on my own.  I have a bag with all the owls and copies of the owls songs to keep them all in once place.  Now volunteer children can actively engage with the songs to act out some of the behaviors described for the owls in the lyrics and poems.

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Rainmaker Stick (rainstick) by Hohner

NOTE:  This has been in use practically since the moment it came out of the box. I got one of these through the grant, but have subsequently purchased three additional ones.  All four rain sticks accompany the illustrated song SINGING IN THE RAIN.  It is SO much fun to share songs from THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK and marvelous American musicals with kids. The one makes a very nice sound of rain, but wasn’t enough sound to fill a room with anywhere between 20 and 100 kids.  And, it’s best to be able to invite an equal number of children from each class, as I sing to between one and four classes of children in each performance.  Four rainsticks played together (by 4 child volunteers) turns out to make a nice sound of a good healthy rain (like the downpour in which Gene Kelly dances in the movie).

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A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Lucy Bell
Illustrated by Asha Pearse

NOTE: This fun/familiar song (and playground clapping game) will be a terrific edition to the Sing Books Repertoire. I’ve begun to assemble a post about this song (starting with a cute story how kids helped me learn the tune). Next steps for this one is to create a song sheet with lyrics and ukulele chords to fit the book and then it’s ready to go for singing together.

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Sandpiper (Singalong Storybook)
Words and Music by Kenneth K. Guilmartin
Illustrated by Christina O’Donovan

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Sandpiper Song (Adapted for SBWE)
Words and Music by Kenneth K. Guilmartin
Song Adapted and Additional Words by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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NOTE:  This song is already in my regular repertoire.  I adapted the music which was printed in the book and created a song sheet for accompanying myself and the kids with guitar or ukulele.  Kids seem to enjoy learning about that funny bird the sandpiper and making all the fun sounds.

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Sleeping Bunnies
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
Published by Nosy Crow “Sing along with me!” Series

NOTE:  I’ve managed so far to create a post for this sweet little song.  Next step is to create a songsheet for the tune so that I can accompany myself on ukulele while singing it.

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TAMBOURINE STICKS
Tambourine Sticks

NOTE:  These tambourine sticks are another resource for allowing audience participation.  I love to add tambourine fun to songs like ALL GOD’S CRITTERS and BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN.

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Waltz of the Snowflakes
Illustrated by Elly MacKay
Set to Tchaicovsky’s WALTZ OF THE SNOWFLAKES
From the ballet The Nutcracker

NOTE: My plans for development of this one are in the post.

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When I Grow Up (Tim Minchin’s)
Words and Music by Tim Minchin
From the Musical MATILDA
Illustrated by Steve Antony

NOTE: WHEN I GROW UP is already in my repertoire. I’m still learning it (as it is a tricky song to sing) but I decided to invite the kids in to the journey of learning a song and some of the musical skills one has to master in order to do that.  In doing this, it is fun to remind kids that music is not just something we enjoy listening to.  Music is words and stories (literature).  Music is a language all it’s own (using symbols to represent sounds). Music is art (and AN art).  Music is science (the physics of sound).  And, music is math (how notes and measures are put together to create rhythm and meter).

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COMMUNICATING WITH PARENTS

One of my greatest hopes with Sing Books is that children and their families will pay the songs forward.  I imagine that children go home humming some of these songs and I’d love for the parents to know who I am, what Sing Books with Emily (Mrs. G) is, what I do with the children, and where to find information about the songs we sing together so that they can enjoy the songs as a family or in social settings.

My blog is full of information/explorations/celebrations about illustrated song.  But the best place for parents to start is my repertoire. The blog has explored thousands of illustrated songs, but only about 300 of them are in my repertoire, a link to which is below.  Every song we sing together comes from this list.  Nearly every title is linked to a post about THAT illustrated song.  Posts contain everything I’ve been able to gather about that song so far, including song origin info, printed music, free printable music I’ve made myself, performance notes, embedded sound players, videos, illustrator info, etc.
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/the-sing-books-with-emily-repertoire-of-illustrated-song/

Sing Books with Emily is also on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
I use these social media outlets to post singable goodies, pictures, notices about public performances, share blog posts/articles/videos etc.

Sing Books with Emily on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/SingBooksWithEmily/

Sing Books with Emily on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/singbookswithemily/

Sing Books with Emily on Twitter
https://twitter.com/SingBooksEmily

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Related Posts

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A 2017/2018 School Year Tuckahoe Elementary School PTA Teacher’s Grant (and what I got with it)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2018/04/17/a-tuckahoe-elementary-school-pta-teachers-grant-and-what-i-got-with-it/

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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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OWL SONGS
A Parliament of illustrated songs about owls
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/illustrated-songs-with-owls/

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYMES – INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED
Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes with Individually Illustrated Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/mother-goose-and-nursery-rhymes-with-individually-illustrated-singable-picture-books/

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYME COMPILATIONS

A list containing compilations of Mother Goose and Nursery Rhyme Singable Picture Books, including links and resources for learning, singing, and playing the tunes
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/mother-goose-singable-picture-books-rhymes-and-songs-in-compilations/

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

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BIRDS

For the love of birds!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/for-the-birds-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-to-celebrate-our-tuneful-feathered-friends/

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One Little Owl
Traditional Words and Music
Adapted by Kenneth K. Guilmartin and Lili M. Levinowitz
Additional Words by Kenneth K. Guilmartin
Illustrated by Nancy Meyers
Published by Music Together Singalong Storybooks

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VIDEOS

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INTERESTING LINKS FOR THIS SONG

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 Publisher’s web page for this book
https://www.musictogether.com/store/singalong-storybooks/one-little-owl-storybook

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NOTES

  • The back of this book features ACTIVITIES for using the song as a starting point for exploring the idea of animals and the natural world.  Activities suggest kids use their imaginations to substitute animals or even make up their own animals and the sounds that those animals would make. In addition, the books urges singers to use the book to enrich emergent reading, counting, and creativity.
  • The back of this book also features printed music with chords you can use to accompany yourself and young ones when singing this song.

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Related Posts

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OWL SONGS
A Parliament of illustrated songs about owls
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/illustrated-songs-with-owls/

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I’m so looking forward to collaborating with a wonderful storyteller, Miss Marcia, who also happens to be one of the librarians at Reston Regional Library in Reston, VA.

With some encouragement from Miss Dorota, the library’s Youth Services Manager, we decided that we should do a program together.  When we started talking about what we might do, it quickly became obvious that we both love the subject of birds and that we both have a deep repertoire of bird related repertoire.  Given this, and our similar artistic sensibilities, BIRDS OF A FEATHER is born.

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The illustrated songs and picture books we will use in the program are listed blow in alphabetical order.  The titles in blue below posses a link which will take you to a post about that song.  Posts contain lots of information about the books and songs, including printable music, sound players, and reports about authors, composers, and song or story origin.

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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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Birdies
Traditional Tune
Adapted by Dr. Jean Feldman
Illustrated by Karl Edwards

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Five Little Owls

Rhyme by Anonymous
Book Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE

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Five Little Owls for SBWE Songbook Series (no chords)
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 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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The Green Grass Grew All Around
Activity by Marcia Wines

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One Little Bird
Activity by Marcia Wines

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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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A Pie Sat on a Pear Tree (for SBWE, w chords A7)
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 (no chords)
Traditional Rhyme
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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Red, Red Robin
Words and Music by Harry Woods
Illustrated by Lori Lee Stultz

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Scarf Dance
Activity by Marcia Wines

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Sing…sing a song
Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

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The Sleepy Songbird
By Suzanne Barton

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OLD MAN BEARD ELEG SBWE da vinci (cover only)
There Was an Old Man with a Beard (for SBWE)
Poem by Edward Lear
Traditional Tune
Guitar Chords, Adaptation and Book Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE

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There Was an Old Man with a Beard (song sheet w chords for SBWE)
Poem by Edward Lear
Traditional Tune
Guitar Chords, Adaptation and Book Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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OLD MAN BEARD ELEG SBWE da vinci (no chords)
There Was an Old Man with a Beard (song sheet for SBWE no chords)
Poem by Edward Lear
Traditional Tune
Guitar Chords, Adaptation and Book Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
OLD MAN BEARD ELEG SBWE da vinci (no chords)

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Tweedle Dee Dee
Traditional Words and Tune
Based on the old Folk song GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND
Illustrated by Charlotte Voake

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Two Little Blackbirds (no chords SBWE)
Traditional Words and Tune
Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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Sing the traditional rhyme with Emily (in the key of D) here:
https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/two-little-blackbirds-sbwe-scratch-sample-in-dwma

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Welcome, Brown Bird
By Mary Lyn Ray
Illustrated by Peter Sylvada

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Wise Old Owl for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Book Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE

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Wise Old Owl Song Sheet w Chords SBWE SBS
Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this sheet, click here:
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SBWE SBS wise old owl (no chords)
Wise Old Owl Song Sheet w Chords SBWE SBS

Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this sheet, click here:
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Link to the Reston Regional Library Website, here:
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/reston-regional

This post is an addendum to the post
WHEN I GROW UP, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2018/04/07/tim-minchins-when-i-grow-up-from-the-musical-matilda-an-illustrated-song/

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Thanks to Ms. Campbell for capturing a moment from WHEN I GROW UP.  This is from my visit to Tuckahoe Elementary School this morning with Ms. Campbell’s and Ms. Howard’s 2nd grade group.

This illustrated song (by Tim Minchin, written for the musical MATILDA) was just published and I’m still learning it. Before singing it, I told the kids that music is many things, including art, science, and language. And that music is also math! I’m not very good at the math part of music and this song, for me, at least, requires counting to start phrases in the right places. That’s what those oranges stickers are, counting reminders.

At first I thought I should really learn the song before sharing it with kids, but then I decided that it might be good to invite them in on the process of learning to sing a song. I’m taking the kids on the journey with me. This is SUCH a great song. These are the things that were running through my head when I was a kid, and undoubtedly this is the same for kids today.

 

 

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Related Posts

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WHEN I GROW UP, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2018/04/07/tim-minchins-when-i-grow-up-from-the-musical-matilda-an-illustrated-song/

 

TWEEDLE DEE DEE an engaging adaptation of GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND, is verdantly illustrated by Charlotte Voake, tells the story of a family of birds, in a nest, on a tree.

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Tweedle Dee Dee
Traditional Words and Tune
Based on the old Folk song GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND
Illustrated by Charlotte Voake

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To accompany myself and friends with my ukulele when singing this song, I devised this song sheet with ukulele chords.  This sheet follows the lyrics and structure of GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND as published in the book TWEEDLE DEE DEE illustrated by Charoltte Voake.

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TWEEDLE DEE DEE/GREEN GRASS GREW (for SBWE)
Traditional Words and Music
Chords Arranged for Uke by ELEG for SBWE
Intended to Fit Illustration by Charlotte Voake
Tweedle Dee Green Grass Grew ELEG w uke chords

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Sing Along with Imitation Call and Response*

GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND is a cumulative folk song.  Though some of its origins are known, as a folk song, both the lyrics and melody (though often similar) vary from one version to another.  In almost every recording, the melody or the words will slightly different.  Sometimes the green grass grows, sometimes it grew.  Sometimes it’s leaves that grow (as in this version) and sometimes it is grass.

In most recordings you will hear of GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND, the audience is invited to repeat some of the singer’s words, especially the first verse of each new accumulative section.

Inviting the kids to do this and giving some “how to” instructions before hand will make for fun audience participation.  Kids love to join in when given the chance and it’s important to find every way possible to give them that opportunity.

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I like this glossary that describes different types of call and response.  In this glossary, the type used in TWEEDLE DEE DEE is called IMITATION
http://stevetres.com/2016/01/5-types-of-call-and-response-phrases/

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GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND in Illustrated Song and a Useful Tune
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/green-grass-grew-all-around-an-illustrated-song/

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EARTH’S BEAUTY AND BOUNTY, STEWARDSHIP AND BEING GREEN

Celebrate Earth’s beauty and bounty, being green, and environmental stewardship with this lovely list of Singable Picture Books:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/singable-picture-books-with-a-green-theme/

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USEFUL TUNES IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/useful-tunes-in-the-public-domain/

Sooooo much song joy at Reston Regional Library on 4/7/2018. I just absolutely love visiting there. They have a sprawling children’s book section and I’ve lately gotten to sing in this adorable nook. We sang songs to celebrate Springtime today. Thank you Reston Regional Library (special thanks to Librarian Beth who hosted) and all my friends old and new who came to sing illustrated songs with me.

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The theme was SPRING!

These are the songs we sang, listed in no particular order:

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FLOWER CAROL
“Tempus adest floridum”
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated with Art by Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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FLOWER CAROL (“Tempus adest floridum”) for SBWE, shorter w chords
Traditional Words and Tune
Chords Arranged by ELEG for SBWE
Page Assembled by ELEG for SBWE
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FLOWER CAROL (“Tempus adest floridum”) for SBWE, shorter no chords
Traditional Words and Tune
Chords Arranged by ELEG for SBWE
Page Assembled by ELEG for SBWE
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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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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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Sunshine on My Shoulders
Words by John Denver
Music by John Denver, Mike Taylor & Dick Kniss
Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

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

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The Hippopotamus Song
Words by Michael Flanders
Music by Donald Swann and Michael Flanders
Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
ISBN: 0-316-28557-9
This book features printed sheet music

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

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

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You Are My Sunshine
Words and Music by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell
Illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church

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You Are My Sunshine for SBWE (key of G)
Words and Music by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell
Chords Arranged by ELEG for SBWE
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You Are My Sunshine for SBWE (no chords)
Words and Music by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell
Chords Arranged by ELEG for SBWE
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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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ABCs Chart with ASL Alphabet and Guitar Chords for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Card Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
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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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Twinkle Little Bat Song Sheet w Chords  by ELEG for SBWE 
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Lewis Carroll
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
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This visit was a doozie of a romp!  That Saturday was at the end of Spring Break for our kids, so we went to New York City for a few days.

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New York, New York it’s a wonderful town! The Bronx is up and the Battery’s down…

On 3/31/2018, we woke up in our hotel (that had a spectacular view, see above, of the Midtown Manhattan skyline) at 3am in Hoboken, NJ. We were on the road by 4am and home in Arlington, VA by 8. This gave us enough time to unpack the car while I got a little snack, after which I hopped into the car and drove the 15 miles (usually about 30 minutes door to door) to the library where I arrived with plenty of time to set up, tune the guitar, warm the vocal chords and ready myself to sing with friends.

When I arrived at the library, I was greeted with the wonderful sign in the Children’s Section book nook, set there by Librarian Beth who hosted the event that day:

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Life is an adventure.

We had a wonderful time singing songs that kids plucked out of my sing bags.  Kids picked the songs out of the bags and I sang what they handed me.

Here’s what we sang (not listed in any particular order),

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

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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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SMILE SONG
Traditional Words and Tune
Words and Chords Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Book Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE

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SMILE SONG Song Sheet with Guitar Chords for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Words and Chords Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
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SMILE SONG Song Sheet (no Chords) for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Words and Chords Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
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ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI
Traditional Tune (sing to the tune of “On Top of Old Smoky“)
Lyrics Adapted by Tom Glazer
Illustrated by Art Seiden

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ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI (for SBWE)
Traditional Tune (sing to the tune of “On Top of Old Smoky“)
Lyrics by Tom Glazer
Chords Adapted for SBWE
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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
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The Little Turtle
Poem by Vachel Lindsay
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Maryann Kovalski

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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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up up up
Up, Up, Up

Words and Music by Susan Reed
Illustrated by Rachel Oldfield
Published by Barefoot Books 

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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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The Farmer in the Dell
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Wendy Straw

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

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

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

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

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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
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