PLAYS THAT SING by Margaret Wardlaw Gilbert


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There are actually three plays: Dr. Squash, The Doll Doctor, Book Alive, and a musical adaptation of ten Aesop fables. The first two are like countless plays written for children; the lines are merely words and words, carefully doled out in equal proportions to the little players. The Aesop collection is superior; it moves along quickly and is easy to stage and perform. The melodies are moderately easy to sing; they emphasize the tonic and dominant, and use intervals of thirds quite regularly. At times the melodies are bland, but there are some catchy rhythms. Certainly not outstanding as a help for the elementary school teacher.

Pub Date: May 13th, 1963
Publisher: John Day