The Complete Book of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays, and Chants

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Gryphon House, Inc., 2002 - Education - 507 pages

Children ages 3 to 6 will delight in the sounds of language as they build a strong foundation in skills such as listening, imagination, coordination, spatial and body awareness, and more. In this giant book of rhythm and rhyme, you may even find a few of your own childhood favorites!

Award-winning author Jackie Silberg is an early childhood advocate and popular keynote speaker. Her best selling books include Games to Play with Babies, Games to Play with Toddlers, Games to Play with Two Year Olds, 125 Brain Games for Babies, 125 Brain Games for Toddlers and Twos, 300 Three Minute Games, 500 Five Minute Games, and The I Can't Sing Book. She lives in Leawood, Kansas.

Pam Schiller shares her extensive knowledge of children in workshops, radio and television interviews, and as a popular keynote speaker and author. Her award-winning titles include Creating Readers, Start Smart, The Complete Resource Book, The Values Book, and Count on Math. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.


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A treasure trove of rhymes, el al. Depending on where and when you grew up, this should refresh your memory on many of the songs and rhymes that you knew as a kid. I venture to say that much, if not most, of these little pieces are disappearing. Maybe that's inevitable—after all we've probably lost the little rhymes and songs that commonly entertained people two hundred years ago in the United States. But that doesn't make it any less sad to those of us who are old enough to witness these gems being forgotten.
There is only issue I have with this publication; I wish Ms. Schiller, or her editors, had included more details. For example, the song, "Daisy Bell," which is called "A Bicycle Built for Two" in this book, was composed in 1892 by Harry Dacre. Certainly it's old enough to be in the public domain, but Mr. Dacre should still have been given credit. And if there are parodies of the song in this book (there should be) they should be cross referencing each other.
Notwithstanding the lack of details, this is good reference and should be one of the must-haves for parents, teachers, and anyone who has children in their lives. Especially young children, yes, but I think many of these pieces can be shared with children older than six. -Alvin McGovern, Folk Singer and Teacher, IL

Lots of Songs!

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The book has lots of songs and includes a CD. Excellent book to have if youre a preschool teacher or anyone who has a love for children songs Read full review


All About Me 17
America the Beautiful 21
Was Going to Banbury 29
Autumn Leaves 35
Be Very Quiet 41
Cackle Cackle Mother Goose 68
iCuantos Cuentos?How Many Tales 86
Rockabye Baby 345
A Sailor Went to Sea 351
Take Me Out to the Ball Game 388
There Was a Maid on Scrabble Hill 397
There Were Three Jovial Huntsmen 403
This Is the Way We Wash Our Face 409
Three Little Witches 415
Tippety Tin 421

You Ever See a Lassie? 93
The Donut Song 99
Dusty 105
Erie Canal
Firefighters 118
Five Little Monkeys jumping on the bed 124
Ghost of John 140
Going on a Bear Hunt 145
Gray Squirrel 152
Handy Pandy 159
Here Is a Beehive 165
Hickety Pickety My Black Hen 172
Hot Cross Buns 178
HushaBye 184
Had a Little Pony his name was Dapple Gray 190
Love Little Pussy 196
Wiggle 202
Little Maid Little Maid 244
Little Sir Echo 250
Lucy Locket 256
Matthew Mark Luke and John 262
Miss Polly Had a Dolly 268
A Pie Sat on a Pear Tree 321
Porridge Is Bubbling 327
Pussycat Pussycat 333
Red White and Blue 339

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Jackie Silberg is an early childhood advocate and popular keynote speaker nationally and internationally. She received the Distinquished Alumna Award from Emporia State University, recognizing her current achievements as well as her long and prolific career. Jackie lectures at Johnson County Community College. Pam Schiller, Ph.D., is an early childhood author, consultant, and highly sought after speaker. She has written numerous articles for early childhood journals, including Child Care Information Exchange and Texas Child Care Quarterly. Pam is the author of five early childhood curriculums, eleven children's books and more than 30 teacher and parent resource books.

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