Monday, June 28, 2010

"Happy Birthday"

Allen, Nancy Kelly. 2010. "Happy Birthday" The Story of the World’s Most Popular Song. Gretna, LA: Pelican.

We take the song, “Happy Birthday” for granted, but did you know that it was first written by school teachers, Mildred and Patty Hill? It had different lyrics and an original title of “Good Morning to All.” The Hill sisters first published the song in 1893. An improvisational inspiration at a birthday party led Patty Hill to create the new lyrics that we all know.
The catchy song was easy to remember, and people began singing it at parties. The song found its way out of Louisville, across the nation, and around the world.
I love nonfiction books that lend themselves to story time. Most kids will know the Happy Birthday song and will be interested in hearing its origin. Of course, they’ll love singing it as well! "Happy Birthday" will  make a great read-aloud for older children.  I often host a story hour for adults with various disabilities.  It's difficult to choose books with the right mix of ease and interest.  This title will be perfect for my group as well.

This week's Non-Fiction Monday is at Bookish Blather.  Check it out!


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