Down By the Bay: Songs to Read
Raffi & Nadine Bernard Westcott
Crown, 1990 (1987)
Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke
y twelve-year old grandson Steven sang this song to me when he was in first grade, and I still love to hear him sing it to his
Down By the Bay
is one of many in a series of Raffi's
Songs to ReadŽ
. The song has been around for some time as part of American folk heritage, and youngsters (and oldsters) catch right on to the tune. The back of the book has a page of music, to learn how the verses are sung.
long with children eating watermelons from a watermelon patch, frisky animals cavort on land - '
llamas eating their pajamas
' and '
a bear combing his hair
'. In the water, a wide-smiling grey whale with a pink-polka-dot tail makes a big splash. Mom hangs the day's laundry while she sings along, or sits in a lawn chair reading a book.
re you ready? Here goes ... I'm singing '
Down by the bay, where the watermelons grow, / Back to my home I dare not go. / For if I do my mother will say, / 'Did you ever see a goose kissing a moose,/Down by the bay?'
This is an excellent rhyme for older siblings to read to younger ones. And don't be shy about creating your own words to the tune! It can also be sung as a duet, one person singing the first verse, then the other singing the second.
affi is a popular Canadian entertainer who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Nadine Bernard Westcott's home is in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and her cheerful color illustrations highlight the words and scenes. Other books in the series include
This Little Light of Mine
Shake My Sillies Out
Wheels On The Bus
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