Around the World We Go

by Rachel on July 15, 2014

Singable Story: Around the World We Go

Love, love, loooove this singable story! Big thanks to my teacher friend (and huge supporter of Listen & Learn) Rene for sending me a copy of this book, which I’d previously never heard of. I’ve been getting lots of use out of it lately, and hopefully you can too.

Around the World We Go is a beautifully illustrated story by Margaret Wise Brown, the same author who wrote Goodnight Moon (one of several bedtime favorites in our house). The words fit the tune “The Farmer in the Dell” perfectly, but I slowed down the tempo and gave it a bit of a jazzy makeover.

This is a singable story you can use with younger children since it is so short and simple, but it can also serve as a gateway to more complex topics and activities with older kiddos. I’m having fun thinking of different ways to apply it in my music therapy sessions, and no doubt it will make its way into my music classes soon.

Do you already have this book on your shelf, and I’m just late to the party? If so and you have some fun ways of applying it, I’d love to hear ’em. And if you have a singable story you’re digging, please do tell!

P.S. I’m sharing a download of this recording (along with the instrumental version and chords) over at Listen & Learn Plus! today.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristen July 18, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Thanks for this post! I recently found this book at B&N and had to have it for my new baby. I had no idea it was singable! Thanks for sharing!


Rachel July 20, 2014 at 11:21 am

You’re welcome! He will love it! :)


Rene August 5, 2014 at 12:13 am


I love, love this song! Thank you so much for taking these beautiful words and setting them to music. I can’t wait to add it to my fluency center this year! Oh…in the not too distant future, I’ll have another one of Ms. Brown’s singable stories for you: Sunshine and Snowballs. I have no idea why I never found these when my own children were growing up…but my students benefit now!

Love you and all you to do bring beauty to our world through song!



Rachel August 5, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Rene, thank YOU for introducing me to this wonderful book! I am SO glad you like the song. Can’t wait for Sunshine and Snowballs :)


P.S. Got your email! Will reply soon!


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