Hear the Wind Blow: American Folk Songs Retold

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Twenty tales taken from folksongs reflecting American history, e.g. "Yankee Doodle," "John Henry," "The Blue-Tail Fly," and "Frankie and Johnnie." Includes the original folk song lyrics.

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Grade 4 Up Twenty traditional American songs become literary folktales as they are transmuted in the hands of this author. Sombre and jolly by turns, the tales amplify such well-known tunes as "Yankee Doodle" and "When I First Came to This Land" as well as lesser-known tunes like "Greenland Whale Fishery." Sometimes these are literal retellings. At other times, the folksong itself has provided only the germ of the story. The language has a simple homespun quality which is appealing and appropriate to the tales. About John Henry: "The muscles in his arm, thick from hammering, jumped and squirmed like pigs in a sack." These tales would be effective for oral sharing, followed, perhaps, by the song itself. Lyrics are included, but the music is not, a regrettable omission. Holly Sanhuber, Muskego Public Library, Wis.
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From Publishers Weekly:

Sanders infuses his versions of 20 folk songs with the spirit of each: dramatic, sad, exciting or earthily humorous. These are classics widely known, but the stories of their origins, in the words of a very good writer, add deeper dimensions. The entries run chronologically from "When I First Came to This Land," about the ups and downs of colonial immigrants, to "Sweet Betsy From Pike," extolling the starchy woman off to seek gold in California in a later era. In between are such gems as "Yankee Doodle," the tune snatched from the mocking British by the ragtag rebels who made it their fighting symbol, and other tales commemorating the pioneers, railroaders, Indians, cowboys and outlaws of the Old West, etc. Goembel's skillful drawings animate the lyrics and stories that are part of our American heritage.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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