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Step it down : games, plays, songs, and stories from the Afro-American heritage

Author: Bessie Jones; Bess Lomax Hawes
Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, [1987] ©1987
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The 70 activities collected here engage young children in games that involve cooperation and sharing . Includes simple directions, notes, lyrics, music and suggestions for how to use the book. The cassette features the singing of Georgia Sea Islander Bessie Jones.
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Genre/Form: Folklore
Music
Material Type: Government publication, Juvenile audience, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bessie Jones; Bess Lomax Hawes
ISBN: 0820309605 9780820309606
OCLC Number: 15421719
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: New York : Harper & Row, 1972.
"Brown thrasher books."
Description: xxi, 233 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm
Contents: (Baby games and plays) Go to sleepy, little baby --
This little piggy --
Jump that Jody --
Ride, Charley, ride --
Finger names --
Patty cake --
Tom, Tom, greedy-gut --
(Clapping plays) Green Sally up --
One-ry, two-ry --
One saw, two saw --
Head and shoulder, baby --
Hambone --
Juba --
(Jumps and skips) Skip to the barbershop --
Just from the kitchen --
Shoo, turkey --
Knock Jim Crow --
Josephine --
Elephant fair --
Pizza, pizza, mighty moe --
(Singing plays) Green, green, the crab apple tree --
Johnny cuckoo --
Oh green fields, Rosie --
Go in and out the window --
Draw me a bucket of water --
Nana, thread needle --
(Ring plays) Little Johnny Brown --
East coast line --
Sir Mister Brown --
Way down yonder, sometimes --
Soup, soup --
Punchinello --
Little Sally Walker --
Uncle Jessie --
Way down yonder in the brickyard --
Way go, Lily --
Steal up, young lady --
(Dances) Possum-la --
Ranky tank --
Coonshine --
Sandy Ree --
Zudie-O --
I'm going away to see Aunt Dinah --
Daniel. (House play and home amusements) William, William, Trembletoe --
Club fist --
Uncle Tom --
Moneyfoot --
Jack in the bush --
Bob a needle --
Whose bag is my gold ring? --
Pawns --
Wade in the Green Valley --
(Outdoor games) Miss Lucy --
Horse and the buggy --
Won't you let the birdie out? --
Engine rubbler number nine --
London Bridge --
All hid --
Rap Jack --
(Songs and stories) I had an old rooster --
Owl talk --
Pretty pear tree --
Riddles --
Have courage to say no --
Brother Rabbit and Mister Railroad's taters --
Old Bill the rolling pin --
Rabbit and the Possum (Ain't it hard to be a Farmer) --
Peep squirrel.
Responsibility: Bessie Jones and Bess Lomax Hawes.

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Songs and games, recorded by folklorist Bess Lomax Hawes, capture the shape and color of the crowded, impoverished, life-demanding, and life-loving days of the black family of sixty years ago,  Read more...

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