You can find this on several of Pete's albums. Better still, you can see him telling it on this YouTube clip. My version is but a pale imitation of the real thing....
I turned this into a "Grandpa" story, making the protagonist my own Grandpa Aaron (who really worked in the "gammint" trade) with my uncles and my father as the recipients of the repurposed coat, and ending with the story which my father gave to me. And I did it as a cut and tell story. It's pretty easy to fold a sheet of paper and make a basic coat, then cut it down into the other shapes, though next time I do it I may have my husband draw pencil lines to guide me--I am NOT a skilled cutter!
I went on YouTube to see if I could find the song that goes with this and found aWeston Woods video with the first part of the song. So here it is.
It's a wonderful funny story in which Little Bear promises to eat a cake Papa Bear makes at the beach, and then has to figure out how to eat a "cake" made of sand eggs, milk and wheat!
To tell it I found some black and white outline drawings of a cow, chicken, oven and bear. I taped the pages, black line side down onto some big easel paper. And then I used a black marker to redraw the lines as I told the story. If you're more talented, you could free hand draw this, but again, I can't draw, so I did this for everything but the wheat--just some long lines with "v"s across the tops!
I used another Pete Seeger song "All Around the Kitchen", just because it went with "Abiyoyo" and it's loads of fun for the kids to dance to.Click here for a sound clip.
"Down on Grandpa's Farm" is a standard song at Mother Goose Time, so lots of the bigger kids knew it. At Mother Goose Time, I only do a few verses, but for this program I pulled out my whole basket of farm animal puppets and we did just about all of them.
If you don't know this song, there is a great clip on Amazon.com of Raffi singing this song --it's from his album "One Light, One Sun".
Important Note:This song does not come from the show featuring the Purple Dinosaur Who Must Not Be Named. (Nothing original EVER came from that show, they took everything from elsewhere) It is a traditional children's song!
That's all for this week. Next week, it's going to be all about bugs--especially caterpillars, some of whom should be coming to visit the library!