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I am a second generation Girl Scout and my daughter was a Girl Scout, too!  Having such respect and great memories of my time as a Girl Scout, I was so excited to share Sing Books at a Girl Scout meeting on 5/19/2016.  All the songs in this list are meant to emphasize and inspire Girl Power!

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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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I put this song in the set in because I love Miss Mousie and the Old Gray Goose who played her fiddle and she cut loose!
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Froggie Went a-Courtin’ for Limberjack and Sing Books with Emily
Traditional Words and Tune
Adaptations by ELEG for Sing Books with Emily
Illustration by Mary Blair from My First Sing-A-Song Book, 1966
To view or print this page, click here:
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He got down upon his knee and said, “Miss Mousie will you marry me?”
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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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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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Make New Friends (Girl Scout Songbook Song Sheet with Guitar Chords)
Traditional Words and Tune
To view or print this sheet, click here:
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Marsupial Sue
Words by John Lithgow
Music by Bill Elliott
Illustrated by Jack E. Davis

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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 SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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I assembled this version of song to sing with the fun clickety clack of the Limberjack Horse:
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TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME is wonderful song about Girl Power!  When you sing this song at the ball game, you’re only singing the chorus of the song. TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME is really a 2 verse song about a strong girl named Katie Casey who tells her beau that she wants to go the the ball game instead of the show, she cheers on her team, knows all the team member’s names and tell’s the umpire, “he is wrong!”

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)
Page Coordinated by ELEG
To view or print this page, click here:
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There Was an Old Woman Tossed Up in a Basket
Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Guitar Chords by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Illustration by McLoughlin Bros. and by Various Other Artists

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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 is from the musical Annie, the title character of which is strong, brave, and the very definition of GIRL POWER!
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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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Favorite Lyric from
TOMORROW
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
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TOMORROW Poster 4 SBWE
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
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In my version, the WISE OLD OWL is a female!!
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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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In my version, the WISE OLD OWL is a female!!
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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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In my version, the WISE OLD OWL is a female!!
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Wise Old Owl Song Sheet with Chords (Picture by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone)
Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
Illustration by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone
From My Best Book of Rhymes
To view or print this sheet, click here:
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The troop leaders asked me to teach the girls the BROWNIE SMILE SONG, which I remembered from my days as a Brownie and the words to which we found online.  I kept thinking, this tune sounds familiar!  It was one of the girls who thought hard about it and said, “It’s the same tune as 99 Bottles!”  She was right!

Because it is such a cute and happy song, I made my own version for every kid to sing with me.  Click the title link for info, music and printable song sheets.

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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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Related Posts

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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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GIRL SCOUT SONGBOOK W MRS. G & FRIENDS, 2014-2015 (A GIRL SCOUT SONGBOOK FOR EVERYONE)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/girl-scout-songbook-w-mrs-g-friends/

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GIRL SCOUT SONGBOOK  (Song Sheets Collected and Marked for Troop 2740)
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/girl-scouts-songs-troop-2740/

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GIRL SCOUT MUSICIAN BADGE 1
MUSICIAN BADGE with Mrs. G, Meeting Activities, for Girl Scout Juniors Troop 2740
Including: How to Sing a Song for Performance or Just for Fun, 400 Years of Songs, and Singable Hike in Washington, DC
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/musician-badge-with-mrs-g/

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GIRL SCOUT MUSICIAN BADGE 2
Using TWINKLE LITTLE STAR to Earn Girl Scout Performer Badge
Including: How to Sing a Song for Performance or Just for Fun, Many Songs/One Twinkly Tune, Entrance/Comportment/Microphone Technique and Song Performance Worksheet for Kids
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/using-twinkle-little-star-to-earn-girl-scout-performer-badge/

This post is an addendum to the post
KOOKABURRA, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/08/19/kookaburra-an-illustrated-song/

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July 2016, My family just got back from a wonderful vacation in California. One of our outings was to the San Diego Zoo and I learned something to help me sing KOOKABURRA.

KOOKABURRA eucalyptus tree

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The kookaburras of the San Diego Zoo
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The gum tree the kookaburra sits in is another name for a eucalyptus tree.

The sign for the kookaburra enclosure reads:

WHY “KOOKABURRA SITS IN THE OLD GUM TREE”
Patient kookaburras wait for prey to pass by.
“Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree…” Yes, he does, but eucalyptus, or gum trees, are prime perches for these winged predators.  A kookaburra sits motionless on a branch until prey passes by.  Then he swoops down and snatches the reptile, rodent, or frog in its big, powerful bill.

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Related Posts

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SONG OF THE DAY (7/31/2015)
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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GEOGRAPHY SONGS IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/geography-songs-in-singable-picture-books/
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AUSTRALIAN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of Singable Picture Books which do not seem to be available in the USA
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/spbs-from-australia-not-available-in-us/

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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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ANIMALS: FAVORITE SONGS
Emily’s Favorite Illustrated Songs to Sing about Singular Animals
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/favorite-illustrated-songs-about-singular-animals/

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Penelope Jane (A Fairy’s Tale)
Text, Words and Music by Rosanne Cash
Illustrated by G. Brian Karas
This book’s text is a fairy tale in verse, but it features a song, “How to Be Strong,” with printed music and lyrics in the last pages.

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You can hear Rosanne Cash sing her song on the CD:

How to Be Strong” is on Track 12

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How to Be Strong (printed music)
Words and Music by Rosanne Cash
Illustrated by G. Brian Karas
From the Book “Penelope Jane” by Rosanne Cash

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How to Be Strong (additional lyrics)
Words and Music by Rosanne Cash
Illustrated by G. Brian Karas
From the Book “Penelope Jane” by Rosanne Cash

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Relates Posts

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ADVICE, GOOD ADVICE
Illustrated songs that dole out a healthy helping of sound counsel
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/illustrated-songs-that-give-good-advice/

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Rhode Island is Famous for You
Words by Howard Dietz
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

This book is for home and classroom use only.

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Related Articles

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FIFTY NIFTY STATES, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/19/fifty-nifty-states-a-singable-picture-book/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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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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FOURTH OF JULY AND OTHER HOLIDAYS CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND HISTORY
A list of Patriotic Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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UNITED STATES STATE CAPITALS SONG, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/usa-state-capitals-song/

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A HOLE IN MY RESEARCH REVEALED FOR RHODE ISLAND IS FAMOUS FOR YOU
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/a-hole-in-my-research-revealed-for-rhode-island-is-famous-for-you/

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DICTION DICTION DICTION
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/diction-diction-diction-and-another-thought-for-rhode-island/

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

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NEW VERSES FOR RHODE ISLAND IS FAMOUS FOR YOU

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/new-verses-for-rhode-island-is-famous-for-you/

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THEY’VE GOT HOGS IN INDIANA, a hilarious song by Jim Thorne, might be a nice pairing with RHODE ISLAND IS FAMOUS FOR YOU:
https://www.reverbnation.com/jimthorne

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It’s a Small World
Words and Music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Illustrated by Joey Chou

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Related Articles

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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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SHERMAN BROTHERS

The Singable Picture Books of Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/singable-picture-books-of-richard-m-sherman-and-robert-b-sherman/

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IT’S A SMALL WORLD

This set is unabashedly Pollyanna!  Sing these songs about caring for others, fostering peace, and making the world a better place.
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/sbwe-singable-picture-book-set-its-a-small-world/

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Mary Blair’s 100th Birthday, 10/21/2011, Google’s Doodle and “It’s a Small World”
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/mary-blairs-100th-birthday-10212011-googles-doodle-and-its-a-small-world/

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SONG SET: IT’S A SMALL WORLD
This set is unabashedly Pollyanna!  Sing these songs about caring for others, fostering peace, and making the world a better place.
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/sbwe-singable-picture-book-set-its-a-small-world/

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

The library posted a nice video:

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

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All God’s Critters
Words and Music by Bill Staines
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York, 2009
ISBN 987-0-689-86959-4

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

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Five Little Owls
Rhyme by Anonymous
Book Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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Sing Along with Emily , here:

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Five Little Owls w chords for SBWE Songbook Series (Updated) 
Rhyme by Anonymous
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this page, click here:
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Sing Along with Emily , here:

 

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

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Froggie Went a-Courtin’ for Limberjack and Sing Books with Emily
Traditional Words and Tune
Adaptations by ELEG for Sing Books with Emily
Illustration by Mary Blair from My First Sing-A-Song Book, 1966
To view or print this page, click here:
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He got down upon his knee and said, “Miss Mousie will you marry me?”
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Singing Froggie Went a-Courtin’ with the Everett/Campbell group on 9/24/2015
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Froggie went a courtin’ and he did ride, a-huh…
I sing this song with both the Limberjack Frog and Limberjack horse (shown here).
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Photo by Danielle Anctil

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

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

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I Can Sing a Rainbow
Words and Music by Arthur Hamilton
Book Assembled by Sing Books with Emily
This book is for home and classroom use only.

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I’m in Love with a Big Blue Frog
Words and Music by Leslie Braunstein
Performed by Peter Paul & Mary
Illustrated by Joshua S. Brunet
ISBN 978-1-936140-37-4

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

Traditional Words and Tune
Arrangement by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this sheet, click here:
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Island in the Sun
Words and Music by Harry Belefonte and Lord Burgess (IrvingBurgie)
Pictures by Alex Ayliffe

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

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

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Take Me Home, Country Roads

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

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This Little Light of Mine (Raffi Songs to Read)

Traditional Tune
Additional Words by Raffi
Illustrated by Stacey Schuett

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What a Wonderful World

Words and Music by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele
Illustrated by Ashley Bryan

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

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

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

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Some Notes

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

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

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Related Posts

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

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

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AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC IN ILLUSTRATED SONG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ONE WIDE RIVER
Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by Barbara Emberley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Other Illustrations of this song:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gathering Notes to Explore:

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

 

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Working to Understand the Lyrics

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

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

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

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

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

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THAT’S THE RIVER OF THE RIVER OF JORDAN

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

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

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Some Notes on the River Jordan

 

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

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

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Related Posts

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EMBERLEYS

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

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NOAH’S ARK

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

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COUNTING

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

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

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


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