My collection of singable stories has grown considerably over the last few years, and continues to do so as I stumble upon new stories and receive suggestions from colleagues and readers. But I can credit my latest addition — and the tune that goes with it — to the parent of one of my music therapy students.
I had heard of the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? but never thought to use it in my music therapy sessions. After our session one day, my student’s mom mentioned that her daughter loves this book and that she had discovered the perfect tune for it: the theme song to the old Nickelodeon show, Pinwheel.
Talk about a blast from the past! I remember watching that show as a very young child, and the tune came right back to me…along with the theme songs for all the other old Nickelodeon shows I was distracted by on YouTube :)
After recording the “Brown Bear” version of the song, I have to agree with my student’s mom. The tune fits this story perfectly and I can’t wait to sing it with my student this afternoon! What a fun way to work on color and animal identification (amongst other things).
Have you added any great singable stories to your collection lately? Please share your favorites — and read more about my full collection of 50+ stories here.
Ooh, it does work! How cool.
I use this for soo many different goal areas!
Love this book! Greg and Steve also have a recording of it that works well. Also a great book for sign language goals.
This book is a regular in my repertoire, and has been lovingly used to the point that I need to get a replacement soon! At my previous employer, we had interns add textures to the book (the board book version). Many of the items can be found at the craft store (red and yellow feathers for the bird and duck, blue yarn for the horse’s mane and tail, etc). The kids love the tactile input!