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The Round Book

The Round Book

Author: Margaret Read MacDonald with Winifred Jaeger
Illustrator: Yvonne LeBrun Davis

My family started singing rounds at the dinner table one night and soon ran out of fodder. So I rounded up some more, then went to Winnie Jaeger’s house to ask for help with transcription. She ran into her closet and pulled out a whole mountain of round collections, some from her youth in Germany. Later we tested the book out with a round sing at the home of Winnie and author Mary Whittington. What fun!

The book contains 80 singable rounds. Since Winnie is honorary vice-president of the American Recorder Society, she made sure the rounds are good for recorder part-playing too.

Type Year Publisher Price Length   ISBN
Paperback  2006  August House  $17.95  136 pages  978-0-86483-786-5  

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"A wonderful compendium of old favorites and surprises. MacDonald and Jaeger have done all rounds-singers a great favor."  ...

"easy-to-follow resource book…even novice sight readers will have little difficulty"  ...Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"A fine resource for school music teachers, choir directors, camp leaders, and children who sing for the love of it. "  ...Booklist

"The introduction and instructions on singing rounds plus the appended history, advice for directors, additional suggestions of rounds, and a title/first-line index help to make this offering useful for most collections."  ...School Library Journal, August, 1999, Mollie Bynum

"Teachers will find this collection useful in teaching new songs to children and in creating activities."  ...Church & Synagogue Library Association, 2001

"This book for all ages is a collection of eighty rounds, lyrics and music about friendship, nature, giving thanks, music, silliness, and jokes." Teachers source, 2001

"The Round Book is a welcome addition to school, daycare center, summer camp, Sunday School, and community library musicbook collections."  ...Children's Bookwatch, June 1999

"This interesting book contains a brief history of the round, suggestions for round leaders, the words and music for 80 rounds, and a list of resources."  ...Christian School Teacher, 2001


Storytelling World Honor

Bowker Best Books for Children

Children's Catalog 19th ed.

Best Books for Children 7th ed.

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