|Title||:||Jim Along, Josie: A Collection of Folk Songs and Singing Games for Young Children|
|Number of Pages||:||127 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Jim Along, Josie: A Collection of Folk Songs and Singing Games for Young Children Reviews
While John and Nancy Langstaff's Jim Along, Josie: A Collection of Folk Songs and Singing Games for Young Children is indeed a lovely and versatile mostly American and British in origin collection of songs and dances meant to be used with children (for both fun and educational purposes), I have to admit that personally, I am rather majorly disappointed with especially the book's preface. For while there is a detailed introduction on how to use Jim Along, Josie: A Collection of Folk Songs and Singing Games for Young Children with and for the intended audience (which I guess does make sense if the book is to be primarily used for musical instruction, for an actual class where young children are being taught to sing folk songs, to dance and such), I for one had purchased Jim Along, Josie: A Collection of Folk Songs and Singing Games for Young Children not only for the songs themselves, but also and even primarily for their historical and folkloric background, for the cultural sources of the collected songs and how they, how the tunes have developed and changed over the ages, over the decades, over the centuries. And sadly, aside from the fact that with each of the presented ditties, it is indeed listed from what tradition, from which country or often from which area of the USA or the British Isles they hail, there is sadly NO additional folkloric or historical background information provided, period (making Jim Along, Josie: A Collection of Folk Songs and Singing Games for Young Children rather useless for me, except for playing the accompanying musical scores on my keyboard or my recorder). And thus, while I do like and have actually rather enjoyed the collection of presented, compiled songs (and will more than likely even attempt to play many if not most of them for myself and by myself), and while Jan Pienkowski's black and while shadow-puppet like illustrations are an absolutely delightful but never interfering accompaniment, that in this compilation, John and Nancy Langstaff have (and this is also so very much unlike them) provided almost NO historical and folkloric background source information whatsoever, well, this is so much of a personal disappointment for and to me that the star rating for Jim Along, Josie: A Collection of Folk Songs and Singing Games for Young Children can and will only be two stars. However, if you are indeed simply looking for a compilation of folk songs and singing games to share with children, to use with children (and unlike me do not really care all that much about the historical origins and the cultural and folkloric affiliations of the presented ditties, dances and singing games), Jim Along, Josie: A Collection of Folk Songs and Singing Games for Young Children just might indeed and in fact be what the proverbial doctor has ordered (but with the caveat that the book is not in current print and thus might take a bit of online research to locate a copy).
Lots of different songs with sheet music
Wonderful collection of old folk-songs. Makes you want to tap your foot and be a child again.