Johnny Crow’s Garden

Following the March theme of National Read Aloud month, I am sharing another lovely story about Johnny Crow by L. Leslie Brooke. This one is titled Johnny Crow’s Garden. It is read aloud by someone, but I am not certain whom. I got the files from the Project Gutenberg e-book series. I hope you enjoy it. =) Click the following title (Johnny Crow’s Garden) to listen:

Johnny Crow’s Garden

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JOHNNY CROW’S GARDEN

A PICTURE BOOK

DRAWN BY

L. LESLIE BROOKE

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First Edition, 1903

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JOHNNY CROW’S GARDEN.

 

Johnny Crow Would dig and sow
Johnny Crow
Would dig and sow

 

Till he made a little Garden.
Till he made a little Garden.

 

And the Lion
And the Lion

 

Had a green and yellow Tie on
Had a green and yellow Tie on

 

In Johnny Crow's Garden.
In Johnny Crow’s Garden.

 

And the Rat Wore a Feather in his Hat
And the Rat
Wore a Feather in his Hat

 

But the Bear Had nothing to wear
But the Bear
Had nothing to wear

 

In Johnny Crow's Garden.
In Johnny Crow’s Garden.

 

So the Ape
So the Ape

 

Took his Measure with a Tape
Took his Measure with a Tape

 

In Johnny Crow's Garden.
In Johnny Crow’s Garden.

 

Then the Crane
Then the Crane

 

Was caught in the Rain
Was caught in the Rain

 

 

In Johnny Crow's Garden.
In Johnny Crow’s Garden.

 

And the Beaver Was afraid he had a Fever
And the Beaver
Was afraid he had a Fever

 

But the Goat Said:
But the Goat
Said:

 

"It's nothing but his Throat!"
“It’s nothing but his Throat!”

 

In Johnny Crow's Garden.
In Johnny Crow’s Garden.

 

And the Pig Danced a Jig
And the Pig
Danced a Jig

 

In Johnny Crow's Garden.
In Johnny Crow’s Garden.

 

Then the Stork Gave a Philosophic Talk
Then the Stork
Gave a Philosophic Talk

 

Till the Hippopotami Said: "Ask no further 'What am I?'"
Till the Hippopotami
Said: “Ask no further ‘What am I?'”

 

While the Elephant Said something quite irrelevant
While the Elephant
Said something quite irrelevant

 

In Johnny Crow's Garden.
In Johnny Crow’s Garden.

 

And the Goose-- Well,
And the Goose–
Well,

 

the Goose was a Goose
the Goose was a Goose

 

In Johnny Crow's Garden.
In Johnny Crow’s Garden.

 

And the Mouse
And the Mouse

 

Built himself a little House
Built himself a little House

 

Where the Cat
Where the Cat

 

Sat down beside the Mat
Sat down beside the Mat

 

In Johnny Crow's Garden.
In Johnny Crow’s Garden.

 

And the Whale
And the Whale

 

Told a very long Tale
Told a very long Tale

 

In Johnny Crow's Garden.
In Johnny Crow’s Garden.

 

And the Owl Was a funny old Fowl
And the Owl
Was a funny old Fowl

 

And the Fox
And the Fox

 

Put them all in the Stocks
Put them all in the Stocks

 

In Johnny Crow's Garden.
In Johnny Crow’s Garden.

 

But Johnny Crow He let them go
But Johnny Crow
He let them go

 

And they all sat down to their dinner in a row
And they all sat down
to their dinner in a row

 

In Johnny Crow's Garden.
In Johnny Crow’s Garden.

 

“GOOD-BYE!”

This eBook (Johnny Crow’s Garden) is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net

 

Magpie, the folk band

Staying with the musical theme this week, I decided to look up bands with corvid-related names and came across a lovely folk duo, Magpie with Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino. I am a big fan of folk and indie music. So let me share Magpie with you.

Magpie

Play one song here (click the little triangle below)

The Magpie by Magpie

From their own website, a biography of their band and themselves,

Magpie – Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino a brief biography

Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner began to play music together in Kent, Ohio in September of 1973. They chose the name Magpie for their band, a name which grew in personal significance for them as years went by. Terry was a student in her senior year at Kent State University in the fall of ’73, and when she graduated the following spring, she and Greg packed Greg’s VW bus and moved to the Washington, DC area. In the years since then, they have traveled and toured extensively, performed in concerts, at folk clubs and festivals around the world, and recorded many times.

Pie Birds

Inspired by the old poem, Sing a Song of Sixpence, pie bird vents have long since added a homely touch to pies, kitchens as well as serving the functional aspect of cooling pies. I happened upon the November 2010 issue of Country Living in the grocery store and saw these little black birds and had to find out more.

You can have these adorable little crow pie vents for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, just purchase them here.

Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds,
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing;
Wasn’t that a dainty dish,
To set before the king?
The king was in his counting house,
Counting out his money;
The queen was in the parlour,
Eating bread and honey.
The maid was in the garden,
Hanging out the clothes;
When down came a blackbird
And pecked off her nose.
There was such a commotion,
that little Jenny wren;
Flew down into the garden,
and put it back again.

The Crow Song

Crow, originally uploaded by russthedutch.
“The Crow Song”
There were three crows sat on a tree, Oh Billy Ma-gee Ma-gar!
There were three crows sat on a tree, Oh Billy Ma-gee Maggar!
There were three crows sat on a tree,
And they were black as crows should be
And they all flapped their wings and cried
Caw, Caw, Caw, Billy Ma-gee Ma-gar!
II
Said one old crow unto his mate, Oh Billy Ma-gee Ma-gar!
Said one old crow unto his mate, Oh Billy Ma-gee Ma-gar!
Said one old crow unto his mate,
What shall we do for grub to ate?
And they all flapped their wings and cried
Caw, Caw, Caw, Billy Ma-gee Ma-gar.
III
There lies a horse on yonder plain,
Whose by some cruel butcher slain,
We’ll perch upon his old backbone,
And pick his eyes out one by one.
And they all flapped their wings and cried
Caw, Caw, Caw, Billy Ma-gee Ma-gar.

Here is one version of this song sang by Burl Ives:
The Three Crows by Burl Ives

Some tunes to crow about…

Well, being a corvid lover and all…I decided I would gather up some music about the intelligent birds. Some of the songs are about the bird, some are named after the bird, some liken love or life after the birds. All of them are worth listening to—so sit back, push play and enjoy. The music player is in the upper left corner.

If you have a song about crows, ravens, jays or any corvid you would like to share, please feel free to contact us below.
A detailed play list is coming soon—so you can get these songs too.

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