Since that wonderful day last week, when a child asked me to sing “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles, there has been more. The music exploded in ways I never expected. Well, it was more than the music.
The child’s parents were thrilled (an understatement) that I found the song on my old Beatles album and played it for all the children, holding hands with everyone as we sang along.
They returned the favor and gave us a new children’s book of the Beatles song, “All You Need is Love.”
This is more than a book. It is the lyrics to the song, perfectly Illustrated for children. The book is simply marvelous! I read it aloud to the children, that is I sang it aloud.
I have the 45, the single record. I can’t wait to play the record and show children the insert that makes a 45 work on a spindle. And then we’ll learn about speeds and we’ll change the sounds on the record.
Music makes life come alive, doesn’t it?
Great to see you and the kids on the video, Jennie. I could tell just how much attention they were giving to the book and song. 🙂
Best wishes, Pete.
Children can’t get enough music or reading. I”m glad you enjoyed it. Best to you, Pete.
That also depends on them having a good teacher. And they have the best! 🙂 🙂
Gorgeous, Jennie. I was just as transfixed as the children. What a great book illustrating a great song. The children are learning so much in this life lesson.
The book is fabulous (I’m picky) and coming from the family of the little boy who likes The Beatles makes it all the sweeter. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Norah. Many thanks.
Favourite books the children bring in are treasures. 🙂
Thank you, Ritu! 🙂
Jennie that was beautiful, I applauded at the end, wonder you didn’t hear me LOL.. The Beatles one of my favourite bands here in the UK, being a teenager when they were popular. 🙂
So loved hearing you Sing to the children, made my day! ❤ 😘💗👍
I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Sue. It is a wonderful book and song – love the Beatles!
So beautiful… you made me cry!
This is wonderful! Such a good idea to keep building lessons on the interests of the children, including this great music.
Thank you, Becky. Music makes such a difference!
They’ll probably never see another 45 rpm record or hear it played.
I’m with Jan, it almost made me cry too. What wonderful parents that little boy has. All the children benefit from that gift. Loved hearing you sing on the video. 😉
Singing the book nearly made me cry, too. I am still overwhelmed that the parents found this book and gave it to the class. What a message of understanding and support. They are wonderful parents. Best of all, every child benefits from that gift. Maybe Beatles Paul would like hearing me sing this song, since I was madly in love with him in ‘64, ‘65… ha! 😀 In all seriousness, it is a song every child needs to hear. Thank you, Marlene.
All you need is love – and there’s plenty of it there!
Thanks, Opher! 😊
What a wonderful book! I absolutely love the video of you reading/singing the words.
The book is fabulous. I’m glad you enjoyed the video. I wish it had shown the pages of the book up close. Thank you, Darlene. 🙂
We can always get our own copy! xo
The family that belts out Beatles Tunes in the car is the family that…well let’s just say it’s lotsa fun! Sounds like you have a like-minded family in your class this year – HA!
So glad you’re having the time of your life this year with this lesson – you’re such a great inspiration! That book is a keeper 🙂
BTW: I noticed the Kmart price tag on your 45! I remember when my best friend and I would scavenge the record bins for those discs with a punched hole in them at the Kmart and/or Woolco signifying a reduced price…got many of my 45s that way!
Yes, the family that belts out the Beatles… 😀 What a priceless gift from a very grateful family. They couldn’t believe that I brought in the album the next day to play the song he loved. And the book is excellent! And this lesson is so much fun – for children, too. As to the 45, I found it on Amazon. Wouldn’t you think that the song would be on one of my six Beatles albums? Nope. Things happen for a reason, and I’m glad that I got a 45. Playing it on the record player for the children will be all new – can you see me introducing the large hole vs the small one on an album that fits onto the spindle? It will be as thrilling as introducing those 33’s. Thank you, Laura! 😀
Next up – a 78 Blue Note jazz recording, eh?
My thoughts went to 78s as well!
Now, that is a great idea!
It certainly does, Jennie! 😄
Thank you, Magarisa!
My pleasure, Jennie. 😊
Great, Jennie. I see you got that 45 at Kresge. (or K-mart). Best place for records then. I still say your children and parents are so lucky to have you.
So, here’s what happened: I went through my Beatles albums, all five of them. None had “All You Need is Love”. I assumed that I could get an album on Amazon or eBay. Maybe $20? HA!!! Had I won Powerball… I went to ‘plan B’ and found the 45 instead of the album on eBay. Actually, I’m glad because now I can show children a 45. AND my Meet the Beatles album – I bought that at Kresge’s. 😀
Great story, Jennie. 😀
Thank you, John. Apologies for rambling on. Records and the Beatles can do that to you. 🙂 And, I am a storyteller.
Wasn’t a ramble. Enjoyed it.
You’re welcome, Jennie.
Yeah, Kresge…couldn’t remember the pre-Kmart name of that store. I noticed that tag, too!
Keen eyes. 😁
Great, Jennie! You always have the best ideas. I remember every school lesson we got the possibility listen to music, or watching films. But best every – very rare too – was singing well knows music. Michael
I also remember those lessons well, Michael. When we had a chance to sing, it was wonderful. Music makes the lessons stick.
So true Jennie! You are doing a very great work. Wish more teacher would do this with so much empathy. Thank you for making a better world! Michael
You are welcome, Michael. And, thank you!
:-)) Thank you too, Jennie!
Thanks for posting the video! I enjoyed seeing you in action.
I’m glad you enjoyed it, Liz. 🙂
Showing them a 45 – now that’s a history lesson, Jennie. This has been a great series to follow.
I can’t wait to show the 45, because all they have ever seen are my 33 record albums. I’ll start with why is it so small, and why does it have a big hole? Definitely history! Thank you, Dan.
It certainly does.
Where would we be without all varieties of music to help us navigate life?
Yes, where would we be without all sorts music? It is the navigator of life and and the collector of memories. Honestly, I feel/know this every time I sing with children. Thank you, Hook.
Great video, by the way!
It’s awful to look back at yourself, so I thank you. 🙂
I love music, Jennie. I would be right there holding hands and singing along.
And I would love it if you could be there, Robbie. Music and singing are wonderful.
Oh so awesome, Jennie! I love that the children have you!
Thank you!! 😍
Jennie, this is so wonderful!!! Thank you for sharing this–you are such a good teacher, and the kids love you!
That is so nice, Charles. Thank you. 🙂
Jennie, You are very welcome.
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Have you read Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr yet? Just thinking there’s yet another book-music combo awaiting your magic touch!
I have not. Thanks so much, KC!
I still have fond memories of putting on my parents records and dancing around. Music made for a wonderful childhood!
Terrific memories, Lisa! Music does that. 🙂