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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.

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 3 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Raffi Songs to Read
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books; Reprint edition (December 12, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517566451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517566459
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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A classic favorite song from my childhood that I can share with my children in book form. This is another great "Songs to Read" book from Raffi (and is not our first and probably won't be our last). Down by the bay features silly lyrics by Raffi and unique illustrations. My Toddler enjoys having this book sung to him, or just looking through pages of illustrations on his own.
The board book is sturdy and a good size for toddlers to handle on their own.
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More to the point, the baby loves it. Happy baby is relaxed parents. I hate that there are entire days I can't get this song out of my head, and have spent months toeing the line of insanity due to it, but if it stops the baby from crying, it's all good.
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My toddler loves this; I bought it when he was 18 months old. He asks for it every night. I sing the song to him and he enjoys the pictures. I'm not even that good at singing and he loves it.

It was cute watching him see the youtube video of raffi singing it and seeing him realize it was the same song we sing at night.
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By A Customer on September 15, 2002
Format: Board book
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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I grew up singing a version fo this song at camp, and the book doesn't disappoint. Even if you've never heard the raffi version, the music as it the end of the book so you cna learn the tune. My kiddos love this book!
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