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eletelphony flowerpot press sparkle book
Eletelephony
Poem by Laura Elizabeth Richards
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustrated and Published by Flowerpot Press (2011)
ASIN: B007M2ISKI

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ELETELPHONY
Laura Elizabeth Richards

Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant—
No! No! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone—
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I’ve got it right.)
Howe’er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee—
(I fear I’d better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!)

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Musical Settings

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Free score of a musical setting by Gary Bachland:
http://www.bachlund.org/PDF_Files_2009/Eletelephony.pdf

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A musical setting by Kindermusic, has goofy arrangement and recording, but I think if simplified, it could be sweet and useful tune:
http://www.amazon.com/Eletelephony/dp/B004IFLVRO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1424296428&sr=8-2&keywords=eletelephony

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Music setting and cute typography in this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSHtEhd5TWo

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Other Info

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A sketch of book cover and internal page of the poem for a book not published
http://cargocollective.com/amyreel/Eletelephony

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Image here of single page artwork for the poem:
http://beckylelowery.blogspot.com/2014/01/tuesdays-top-ten-plus-ten-childrens.html

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Related Posts

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

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

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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

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Publisher Simon & Schuster’s webpage for this book:
http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Backwards-Birthday-Party/Tom-Chapin/9781442467989#

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Hear a recording of Backwards Birthay Party on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzh7u42An2Y

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Related Posts

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FUNNY SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

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

I have a dream to create a Nursery Rhyme/Mother Goose Sing Along Database.  There are countless Nursery Rhyme/Mother Goose compilations, most illustrated and many with printed musical melodies. And, one can find many sources for the history of these words and tunes.  Many of these tunes are ancient, lovely, engaging and useful.  For example, the tunes can be used to create new songs.

I’ve found it impossible to find beautiful, authentic sing-along instrumentals.

It is amazing that to search for “nursery rhyme, authentic instrumental,” produces nothing good or useful from Google or Amazon.

The instrumental/karaoke sing-alongs available online are just awful.  The digitally produced music with fake sounding drum beats and goofy add-ins or sprays of digital sounding fake angel tones make me want to get sick.  There are some wonderful examples of folks singing and performing selected nursery rhymes for the listener, but none that are instrumental so a child, parent or caregiver can sing-along solo.

One of the children’s performers who gets it right is Raffi.  Raffi never sings down to the children.  He uses real instruments for accompaniment and his arrangements are always beautifully and authentically created.

This is the sort of thing needed for nursery rhymes.  The world needs a database of sing-along accompaniments (maybe even in various keys) played on real instruments and using beautiful and authentic arrangements for each nursery rhyme.

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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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ILLUSTRATED SONGBOOKS AND COLLECTIONS (COMPILATIONS) OF CHILDREN’S SONGS WITH MUSIC
This list is populated by books that compile printed music and illustrations for children’s songs

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/illustrated-collections-of-childrens-songs-with-music/

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FIRESIDE SONGBOOKS
Fireside Song Compilations: Singable Picture Books with Wonderful Vintage Illustrations
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/fireside-song-compilations-singable-picture-books-with-wonderful-vintage-illustrations/

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

I hope there will be more of these.

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goodnight my angel billy joel yvonne gilbert
Goodnight, My Angel (a Lullabye)
Words and Music by Billy Joel
Illustrated by Yvonne Gilbert

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New York State of Mind

Words and Music by Billy Joel
Illustrated by IZAK

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Billy Joel wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Joel

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Billy Joel’s website:
http://www.billyjoel.com/

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Billy Joel YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/user/billyjoel

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BILLY JOEL
The Illustrated Songs of Billy Joel
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/illustrated-songs-of-billy-joel/

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OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY: SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, THE CABARET
The song list for Emily’s Singable Picture Book Cabaret:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-books-with-emily-the-cabaret/

This post is an addendum to the post
TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/take-me-home-country-roads-a-singable-picture-book/

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I got to sing TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS (probably the number one favorite song in the Sing Books Repertoire) as one of my songs at the HEARTS AND DARTS Valentine Concert on Friday, 2/6/2015 at Maggie’s Cabaret.

It was a wonderful experience when the audience sang along with lots of heart and gusto. It is amazing how that song engages the hearts of so many.  One nice lady told me afterward that her daughter was born in Japan and sang that song when she was a little girl there.  She could not believe when she moved to the United States that people here sang that song in English!  So it seems that people all over the world are touched by the song and it’s expression of love for the roads that lead us home.

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take me home country roads
Take Me Home, Country Roads

Words and Music by John Denver, Taffy Nivert and Bill Danoff
Words Adapted by Christopher Canyon
Illustrated by Christopher Canyon
ISBN 978-1584690726

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HEARTS AND DARTS at Maggie’s Cabaret, Friday, February 6, 1015
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/hearts-and-darts-at-maggies-cabaret-friday-february-6-1015/

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JOHN DENVER
The Singable Picture Books of John Denver
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/the-singable-picture-books-of-john-denver/

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Country Roads at Maggie’s Cabaret on 2/6/2015
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/country-roads-at-maggies-cabaret-on-262015/

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TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/take-me-home-country-roads-a-singable-picture-book/

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play-a-song here comes peter cottontail
Play-a-Song’s Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Linda Dockey Graves
Sound Design by Kristan Nordine
Published by Publications International, Ltd.
ISBN 0-7853-1123-8

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This book features lyrics, electronic melody accompaniment and adorable illustrations for the following songs (or fragments of those songs):

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EASTER

A list of Singable Picture Books that celebrate the Easter
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/singable-picture-books-for-easter/

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HERE COMES PETER COTTONTAIL IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/here-comes-peter-cottontail-an-illustrated-song/

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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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From a Distance
Word and Music by Julie Gold
Illustrated by Jane Ray

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Nanci Griffith recording, with images from Jane Ray’s illustration and lyrics in this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlbxEE1Hvrg

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A nice instrumental that fits the book:
http://smile.amazon.com/From-a-Distance/dp/B00AJMS06U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423417745&sr=8-1&keywords=from+a+distance%2C+clayderman

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

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