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The round book : rounds kids love to sing
MacDonald, Margaret Read, 1940-
Publication Information:
North Haven, Conn. : Linnet Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 score (xiv pages, 121 pages) : illustrations ; 23 cm
A collection of 80 rounds that celebrate the good things in life: friendship, nature, giving thanks, and music itself. There are brief suggestions on how to use them, and pointers on how to sing them. Also a brief history of the round and more round sources for the avid singer.
General Note:
Unacc. melodies.

Format :
Musical Score


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M1997 .R79 1999 Juvenile Mass Market Paperback Open Shelf
M1997 .R79 1999 Juvenile Mass Market Paperback Open Shelf
M1997 .R79 1999 Juvenile Mass Market Paperback Open Shelf

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The ultimate audience participation game, icebreaker, friend-maker, laugh-causer, and warmth-giver, the ancient art of round singing is ancient precisely because it is so pleasing to so many. From the ones everybody knows (Sweetly Sings the Donkey) to campers' specials (London's Burning) to several lovely old rounds from long ago and far away, the eighty rounds here range from the simple to the challenging, with clear notations for their best use.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. This handy paperback presents 80 songs designed to be sung as rounds. Each one appears on an uncluttered page or two, illustrated by a simple ink drawing. From sixteenth-century tunes to contemporary camp songs, the selection is rich and varied, and the appended bibliography, "More Rounds for the Avid Singer," suggests other books and recordings. Song leaders will find the clearly written suggestions for round singing particularly helpful. A fine resource for school music teachers, choir directors, camp leaders, and children who sing for the love of it. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-This fine collection compares favorably to Esther L. Nelson's The Great Rounds Songbook (Sterling, 1985; o.p.). The selections are written in such a way that the staves are connected and numbered to denote each part. In Great Rounds, the melodic lines are each on a single staff, which is probably more "kid friendly"; however, MacDonald's more sophisticated book seems geared to adults who would be leading the singing. Somewhat static black-and-white drawings open up each chapter. Overall, the introduction and instructions on singing rounds plus the appended history, advice for directors, additional suggestions of rounds, and a title/first-line index help to make this offering useful for most collections.-Mollie Bynum, formerly at Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage, AK (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.