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American Folk Songs for Children

Here's another treasure that I've been given lately.  Becky found this book at a school library sale and thought I might like it.  Oh, what a treasure it is!  American Folk Songs for Children is a collection of 90 folk songs researched and compiled by Ruth Crawford Seeger.  It has illustrations by Barbara Cooney, so that makes it even more wonderful!

American Folk Songs For Children

Singing is a huge part of our days here--we have songs to carry us through everything: brushing teeth, changing diapers, going on walks, setting the table, painting watercolors.  It began when Willow was a baby and we have kept on ever since.  When I was choosing a homeschool curriculum, something I very much wanted was a CD of the songs we'd use.  Enki fits the bill wonderfully.

American Folk Songs For Children

Back to the book.  Things I love about it, having just dipped my toe into the waters: sheet music for all the songs, lots of verses, movement activities and fingerplays, games to play using the songs, music theory, talk about the nonsense in folk songs.  Oh, I am so looking forward to reading it all when I finish up The Little House Cookbook.

American Folk Songs For Children

It has a whole section of songs about trains, so I know Roan will enjoy that.  I've told Mike we should learn two songs a week from it.  That will take us the better part of a year, but it will be fun!  Makes me wish we had a piano here, for the first time ever.  But, Mike is good on the guitar and can take up the slack.

American Folk Songs For Children

Here's the introduction for the book which really gets at why I love it so much already.  It's wonderfully in line with our educational choices and values.  I'm so thankful this book was rescued and sent my way.  It's still in print, too, and you can find it here.

American Folk Songs For Children

Well, we're mostly up and at 'em.  I hear Laurel stirring, so it's time to make German pancakes and get this show on the road.  Mike's home, so I think I'll make two.


( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )
Apr. 17th, 2015 02:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, you did get a treasure! Ruth Crawford Seeger AND Barbara Cooney! Barbara Cooney is one of my favorite illustrators of all time. I seek out books just because they are illustrated by Barbara Cooney. We are on the same wavelength again because I was just planning to share about a book we have, 'Peter's Long Walk,' illustrated by Ms. Cooney. : ) Singing is very much a part of our days in our home, too. I was happy to see that they have this book through our regional library system, so I just put in a request! So glad you shared this.
Apr. 17th, 2015 04:37 pm (UTC)
I had not heard of that book. Yes, I also buy books just because she did the illustrations. :-)
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Apr. 18th, 2015 12:27 am (UTC)
Oh! I think we had that book growing up. I wonder what happened to it. It's a treasure indeed.
( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )

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