**An exciting new book in the field of creative music for children. It is more than a folk song book, more than a game book,...

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AMERICAN FOLK SONGS FOR CHILDREN

**An exciting new book in the field of creative music for children. It is more than a folk song book, more than a game book, -- it is a wonderful combination of both. Teachers will bless it, parents will know they should have always had it. The outgrowth of years of work with children in nursery schools, in the National Child Research Center, the Potomao School and as joint music editor with the Lomaxes on some of their books, Ruth Seeger is a distinguished musician and teacher of music. The songs are like nothing you'll find anywhere else. They are really folk tunes, but even if you are like most of us, a less than medicore pianist, you will be able to play these direct, simple, honest and, withal, lovely songs. Every song sounds like it works in play and when you try it, it does. Singing games, play-party songs, lullabies, -- all are enriched with simple directions for dramatic play. Ample text will break down hardened resistance to improvising games, extending songs, adding verses, etc. There is a discussion on folk music for children, singing the songs; a section on improvising on the words, another satisfyingly explicit one on using the songs at home; a section on tone play and phrase repetition, on accompanying the songs, on nonsense. The songs are all sensibly arranged where you want them -- coming and going, outdoors, action, animals, birds, insects, color, clothing, food, home, work, hammers, trains, boats, singing games, quiet songs, Christmas songs, etc. At the end classified indices and index of song titles and first lines.

Pub Date: Nov. 4, 1948

ISBN: 0825603463

Page Count: -

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1948