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Down by the Bay (Raffi Songs to Read) Paperback – December 12, 1988


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Raffi Songs to Read
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (December 12, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517566451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517566459
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 9 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this Songs to Read series, music and lyrics to songs by the popular Canadian entertainer are highlighted by cheery colorful illustrations. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2 Raffi's popular songs are now available in picture book format. In the first, his cheerful nonsense verses are illustrated with equal cheer. Wescott's scraggly lines and bright, clear colors humorously portray the busy children, jolly animals, and frantic mothers that populate the song. The final two-page spread includes all of the characters, some visible through the house windows, and watermelon vines galore. Music (melody line, with chords marked) is included. Children will quickly get the idea of the rhymes and delight in making up their own wacky sights to be seen ``down by the bay.'' In the second book, the sign on the title page warns that ``silly animals'' are lurking in the Mariposa forest, and silly they are. As night settles over the woodlands, the animals appear and begin to ``shake their sillies out'' in a manic attempt to get to sleep. They overrun nearby Camp Mariposa and are happily cavorting with the campers until everyone tires and goes to sleep. Allender's large, simple shapes and saturated colors create vivid images for a song that begs to be sung and shaken and jumped and clapped. Melody line and chords are included in both books so everyone can join in the fun. Two good choices for storytimes, especially on those days when no one can sit still. Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, Mass.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The illustrations are very colorful!
A. Balcer
This was my first song book and a gift to my child, and it is a wonderful book.
S. D. Merrifield
My son and daughter love this book, ages 4 and 2.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carol J. Marotti on January 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
My daughter is 2. She received the Raffi CD for Christmas and LOVED it. She danced and sang to the music. I ran across the "Down By the Bay" book at the store and picked it up. Her and this book are inseperable. She even takes it to bed with her. She loves that her favorite song has a book with pictures. She wants my husband and I to sing the song over and over and she knows enough of the words now to sing with us.
If your child is a little older, this book includes a simple music sheet with the notes and words at the back.
I highly recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2000
Format: Board book
What a wonderful book! Any child who has sung "Down By The Bay" will be thrilled with the opportunity to visualize the subjects in the song,for example, a whale with a polka-dotted tale. The illustrations bring these images to life for our little readers. Raffi is talented in helping kids learn to rhyme and just be silly and happy. I would recommend this book to anyone with kids or to those who simply buy for others.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joey Roberts on May 6, 2002
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This book is so much fun. At first I just read it because I didn't realize it was a song. Then I noticed it was a song and I played it and got the hang of it so I started to sing it to my daughter. She loves it. She laughs at the silliness of it and we sing it when we are out. I make up my own verses and made it into a game of rhyming. It is such a fun little book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "renovia" on September 15, 2002
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Again, here is another great Read/Sing book. If you love to sing or are a music educator this book is for you. Rich in American folk heritage, this is one of the many songs MENC recommends that all children know. This song can be sung in echo format or as written in the back. My students constantly want me to read it again. They think the verses are hilarious! As I have said in other reviews of books like this, it gets you away from the piano so you can focus on your students' vocal development!
A very easy sing along!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 18, 2003
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This is a very fun book for all. When I was younger I could remember my aunt teaching my sister and I the song, and I was glad when I went to the library and seen that it was a book. I think that if you get this book you will have lots of fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tricia on June 17, 2012
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What a wonderfull book. Filled with lots of color and rhyme. The children and I sing the song along with the DVD, then we read the book; the children are inspired to create their own rhymes. Its a fundamental tool in my classroom and a source of enjoyment and inspiration to my students.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. S. Compston on April 22, 2010
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I have been listening to Raffi since my mother played him nonstop on 13 hour roadtrips with six children to see our grandparents. She played him, because it was the only music that we all enjoyed and would listen to over and over again (I am not quite sure how the tape never wore out with all of the rewinding to hear a "favorite" 3 times in a row!). It helped to pass the time and keep us from fighting while she was driving. We aged from newborn to 14 and we all LOVED Raffi. I wanted to purchase his albums so that my children would have the chance to learn from him and have the pleasure of knowing one of the greatest children's entertainer ever!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kdgn on December 7, 2013
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This book was selected to go along with my watermelon unit. The children loved the fact that the book is written as the song.
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