Children's Songbag

Children's Songbag

by Paul DuBois Jacobs, Jennifer Swender
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Children instinctively love to sing and follow along with songs. Authors Paul and Jennifer Swender have collected 50 fun and easy songs in this delightful new book, a virtual songbag of children's favorites. Many will be familiar, some will be brand new to little ears, but all are well-loved. The songs are accompanied by sheet music, fun facts, games, activities,

Overview

Children instinctively love to sing and follow along with songs. Authors Paul and Jennifer Swender have collected 50 fun and easy songs in this delightful new book, a virtual songbag of children's favorites. Many will be familiar, some will be brand new to little ears, but all are well-loved. The songs are accompanied by sheet music, fun facts, games, activities, and additional lyrics.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Singers can lift their voices to merry tunes thanks to Children's Songbag by Paul Dubois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender. The spiral-bound book boasts 50 songs to sing, including "America the Beautiful," "I've Been Working on the Railroad," "The Muffin Man" and other highly recognizable ditties. Recipes, history lessons and melody lines abound. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This neat spiral bound book is perfect for opening flat on a piano or a music stand. Most of the fifty songs in this collection are old favorites, like "Bingo," "America the Beautiful," "Down by the Bay," and "London Bridge." A few, like "Crawly Creepy Little Mousie," are a bit more obscure. Each song has sheet music, with lyrics on the left-hand page, and includes chord progressions that can be read by guitarists. On the pages facing each song are instructions for special actions to go along with the words, games, some interesting traditions, any alternate versions, related recipes, and historical notes about the particular song. The page for "Mary Had a Little Lamb" states that the first recording of a human voice was the inventor Thomas Edison chanting, "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in the year 1877. Throughout the book, tiny illustrations of trumpets, guitars, maracas, harmonicas, music notes, and other musical symbols decorate the pages. 2005, Gibbs Smith, Ages Adult.
—Sally J. K. Davies
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-This collection of 50 classic folk tunes will be a source of enjoyment for teachers, librarians, and families. Each song is presented on a clean-looking spread. One verse with a single line of melody and suggested guitar chords appears on the left. The opposite page has some fun facts about the song, additional verses or variations on the lyrics, and often a list of related books, a movement activity, or a recipe. The selections run the gamut of childhood favorites from "I've Been Working on the Railroad" to "Bingo." With its spiral binding and reinforced pages, this book will hold up well to repeated use and can easily be set on a piano or a music stand. Although it might not have the large size or beautiful illustrations of collections such as Dan Fox's Go In and Out the Window (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987) or Kathleen Krull's Gonna Sing My Head Off! (Knopf, 1995), this volume has much to offer: great songs, an enthusiasm for music, and ways to learn and have fun.-Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586853563
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
04/18/2005
Edition description:
SPIRAL
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range:
5 Years

Related Subjects

Read an Excerpt

I'm a Little Teapot

Learn more about it!

Tea was first grown in ancient China. The Dutch brought it to Europe in the 1600s. There is actually only one tea plant, but depending on the region in which it is grown, there can be thousands of variations. Black tea comes from fermented tea leaves, while green tea comes from freshly picked leaves, which have been steamed and dried.

Move to it!

Many people know the motions to this popular song. When you sing, "Here is my handle," put one hand on your hip to form a handle with your elbow. When you sing, "Here is my spout," put your other arm straight out to the side. And when you sing, "Tip me over and pour me out!" bend to the side as far as you can.

Make it!

Invite over some friends and have your own tea party. Use this recipe:

Iced Sun Tea

large glass jar or pitcher

4 or 5 tea bags

1 to 2 quarts of cold water

1 lemon

sugar

Soak tea bags in a pitcher of water. Place pitcher in a sunny spot, like a windowsill. Let the sun "brew" your tea for 2 to 3 hours. After it is done brewing, add a squeeze of lemon, sugar to taste, and ice! Serve with your favorite cookies or crackers.

Meet the Author

Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender are a husband-and-wife team living in Brooklyn, New York. Paul has coauthored three books with musician Pete Seeger: Pete Seeger's Storytelling Book, Abiyoyo Returns, and Some Friends to Feed: The Story of Stone Soup. Jennifer is an early childhood educator and curriculum developer. Paul and Jennifer's favorite subway line is the Q train.

Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender are a husband-and-wife team living in Brooklyn, New York. Paul has coauthored three books with musician Pete Seeger: Pete Seeger's Storytelling Book, Abiyoyo Returns, and Some Friends to Feed: The Story of Stone Soup. Jennifer is an early childhood educator and curriculum developer. Paul and Jennifer's favorite subway line is the Q train.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >