Songs

He's got the whole world in his hands

By Kadir Nelson

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A picture-book interpretation of one of America's best-known songs, focusing on landscapes and images of a boy and his family. Includes printed melody-line and all four verses.
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De colores = Bright with colors

By David Diaz

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This book presents the words and score of the very popular song De Colores which is sung in many parts of the Spanish-speaking world.
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In the Hollow of Your Hand: Slave Lullabies

By collected by Alice McGill

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A collection of lullabies orally transmitted by African-American slaves revealing their hardships and sorrows as well as soothing notes of well-being and belief in a better time to come.
Includes a sound disc.
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No More! Stories and Songs of Slave Resistance

By Doreen Rappaport

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"A man who cannot swim leaps off a slave ship into the dark water. A girl defies the law by secretly learning to read and write. A future abolitionist regains his will to live by fighting off his captor with his bare hands: "I will not let you use me like a brute any longer," Frederick Douglass vows. Drawing from authentic accounts, here is a chronology of resistance in all its forms: comical trickster tales about outwitting "Old Marsa"; secret "hush harbors" where Africans instill Christian worship with their own rituals; and spirituals such as "Go Down Moses," whose coded lyrics signal not just hope for deliverance, but an active call to escape."
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Songs and Stories of the Civil War

By Jerry Silverman

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Provides a history of the music and lyrics of a dozen Civil War songs, describing the circumstances under which they were created and performed.

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Papa's Latkes

By Jane Breskin Zalben

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Papa and the little bears make latkes for Chanukah. Includes the song "O Chanukah" and a recipe for latkes.

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A Hanukkah Treasury

By Eric A. Kimmel

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Presents stories, songs, recipes, and activities related to the celebration of Hanukkah.

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Over the River and Through the Wood

By Lydia Maria Francis Child

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Well-known together with lesser-known verses to the traditional Thanksgiving song are illustrated from both Grandmother's and the journeying family's point of view.

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A Treasury of Mexican Folkways: The Customs, Myths, Folklore, Traditions, Beliefs, Fiestas, Dances, and Songs of the Mexican People

By Frances Toor

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This large, older book written for adults is full of Mexican customs and includes an eight-page article on the Day of the Dead.

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The Lady With the Alligator Purse

By Nadine Bernard Westcott (adapter and illustrator)

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Miss Lucy can't figure out what is wrong with Tiny Tim, so she calls a doctor, a nurse, and the lady with the alligator purse. Includes music to sing, a story to read, & games to play! JE Fic Wes

Suggested for ages 4 - 8

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