I Had a Rooster: An American Folk Song

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I had a rooster and the rooster pleased me
I fed my rooster on the green berry tree
The little rooster went cock-a-doodle doo
Dee doodle dee doodle dee doodle dee doo


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I had a rooster and the rooster pleased me
I fed my rooster on the green berry tree
The little rooster went cock-a-doodle doo
Dee doodle dee doodle dee doodle dee doo


Start with a crowing rooster and turn the pages to see the animals pile up, one by one. As the lyrics add a meowing cat, a quacking duck, and more friendly critters, the stepped pages offer a creative way to read a cumulative story without leaving any of the animals behind.

Emmy-Award winning artist, Laura Vaccaro Seeger beautifully illustrates a traditional folk song popularized by singer Pete Seeger. A CD recording and the written music make this the perfect gift for folk music fans of all ages!

A folk song with cumulative verses that describe the sounds made by different animals, including a cat, a duck, a cow, a pig, a sheep, a lion, and a baby. Pages are cut to reveal verses as they are added.

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(Ages 2-8) A cumulative folk song involves a child who says "I had a rooster and the rooster pleased me..." and then creates a menagerie under a greenberry tree: cat, duck, cow, pig, sheep, and lion. The final addition to the raucous group is a baby who "went waah, waah." Young singers are encouraged to sing the growing list of creatures and their sounds in order. The ingenious page design was originated by Pete Seeger's stepmother, the musicologist Ruth Crawford Seeger, and it causes the order to become self-evident. Spiral bound durable pages offer a practical format for Vaccaro's vibrantly colored expressionistic paintings of a blond white child happily involved in imaginative play. Pete Seeger's two-page foreword embodies comments about collecting and sharing folk music and includes his original child-tested cumulative drawings for his rendition of the song with countless young audiences. The audioCD enclosed in the back of the book will give today's children a chance to hear Pete's version, along with two other songs recorded by Ruth's adult children Peggy and Mike, who is Vaccaro's father-in-law. Fiddle-i-fee illustrated by Melissa Sweet (Little, Brown, 1992) is another pleasing book edition of the same folk song. Each is a huge hit with young children whose enthusiasm for repeated singings leaves the song ringing in the consciousness of whoever gets to share the fun with them.
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Laura Vaccaro Seeger carries on the family tradition with I Had a Rooster: A Traditional Folk Song. Based on a concept by Ruth Crawford Seeger (stepmother of Pete), this song in book form introduces new creatures on successively smaller pages, while cumulative lines from previously printed verses show through below. The melody line is included; Vaccaro Seeger's (wife of Pete Seeger's nephew, Chris) finely tuned oils illustrate the text. A foreword by Pete Seeger provides a history as well as crafty sketches he once used in classrooms while performing the song to children; he sings the title song on a CD packaged in the back, which also includes two songs by siblings Mike and Peggy. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Young readers and singers will take delight in this original version of a traditional folk song. The story begins with a crowing rooster, and the pages and animals pile up, one at a time, until all the animals are bellowing in a big, old tree. The pages are creatively stepped to enable the story to progress without leaving any animals behind. Each page is shorter than the previous one to allow all the words to appear throughout the story. The illustrations are vivid, playful and amusing. Children will surely enjoy the bright colors and rhythms, while adults will appreciate the hard work involved with such a rich multi-media experience. The book also contains the music and lyrics to the tune as well as an audio CD featuring Pete Seeger singing the title song. Pete Seeger's foreword and the helpful biographies at the end make this multi-generational experience definitely worthwhile. 2001, Viking, $17.99. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: Catherine Campbell Wright
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670035212
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Edition description: SPIRAL
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2001

    A Must See And Read For Children And Adults Alike

    Laura Vaccaro Seeger captures the imagination of the reader from the very beginning. Her stunning illustrations, plus the singing of Pete Seeger on the included CD, made this book come alive for me and my children. I could totally relate to the theme of this book and it brought back many memories of songs my parents used to sing to me while growing up. The paintings are beautifully original and richly colorful. My children have made thisd book a family favorite. It's a must have for any collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2001

    Your Children Will Get this Book for Their Own Kids Someday

    This is a wonderful book! The CD only adds to the pleasure it gives...not just to kids who are lucky enough to have it but to parents who will be asked to read it night after night. The book design is ingenious; the illustrations are lush and fanciful. I would buy the CD for its own sake, just to hear Mike, Peggy and Pete Seeger sing together. Having found this set now has made my Christmas shopping a lot easier!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Wow. Great recording by Pete Seeger!

    Wow. Great recording by Pete Seeger!

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