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Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn it Out!











Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn it Out!

Games, Songs & Stories from an African American Childhood
collected by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Schwartz & Wade Books, 2017

“Our earliest toys are our hands, feet, and voices,” says Patricia C. McKassack who collected dozens of hand clap songs and jump rope rhymes, hymns, parables and even performance pieces inspired by African American writers.  Each one comes with a history, some Patricia’s history and most others of where and when they came from or how they came to be.

Her research shows that Aesop is thought to be an Afro-Greek storyteller who lived as a slave more than twenty-five hundred years ago.  The book shares how original songs were reshaped while people were in slavery.  Spirituals originated in the fields and slave quarters of the plantation South.  She writes how the songs came to be written down and are still enjoyed today, songs like Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho.  The song, Follow the Drinking Gourd, was taught to runaways to help lead them to freedom.

A rich collection of history brought together in one book.

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Old MacDonald Had a Farm










Old MacDonald Had a Farm
by Gris Grimly
Orchard Books, 2017

Every child knows the song, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, but this book has a GREAT BIG surprise ending!  Author/artist Gris Grimly, raised on a farm and now lives in a city, decided to share his family’s version of this song with young readers.  His illustrations are fun, action-filled, and include several surprises and sub-stories to delight the visually alert readers, including a ‘heart’ patch on the farmer’s overalls. A great family story.

Back matter includes a brief history of the song—an early version sung during WWI—its music, as well as old-timey pictures of Gris Grimly’s farming family.

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Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies

Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies
Paintings by James McMullan
Little Brown and Company 2009

Julie Andrews, through her passion for music, selects poems, songs and lullabies to bring joy to the reader’s ear. She includes a few of her own original poems. Songs include ‘Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’!’, “Accentuate the Positive”, and “My Favorite Things”, which she sang in “The Sound of Music”. She introduces to readers the poem, “A Pit Pony’s Memory of the Strike”, a poem her grandfather wrote of a strike in England’s coal mines. For those musically inclined this collection is a special delight.

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