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Book of the Month

November 2017: THIS IS SADIE Song

HERE'S WHERE YOU CAN LEARN about Sara, learn about Julie, download Tundra's Activity Kit and buy the book.


HERE'S HOW TO SING ALONG


HERE'S WHY I WROTE THIS SONG 

(above) A sweet comment from Sara O'Leary a few years ago that made me SO EXCITED!

(above) A sweet comment from Sara O'Leary a few years ago that made me SO EXCITED!

Three years ago when I began obsessing over picture books, THIS IS SADIE was truly a first love. Sara's writing always pulls me into tears and this books' particular message asks me questions like, "who am I? If Sadie can be all of these things, what can I be?" The approach with gender, friendship, and creativity is tactful and eloquent. The illustrations leave space but hold so much detail. I'm just enamored.

A photo I shared a few years ago of myself pretending to be Sadie :)

A photo I shared a few years ago of myself pretending to be Sadie :)

I remember exactly where I was when I wrote this song. At the time, I was living in a small mint green bungalow in Pasadena, CA and had come home from a long day of teaching elementary music. My voice was at half mast and my fingers were calloused over from too much guitar playing. It was exceptionally chilly for Los Angeles so I cuddled up by my little fireplace with my notebook and ukulele to write. I had a little stack of picture books and let me heart make a choice. Naturally, THIS IS SADIE rose to the top of the pile. 

The style of the book has such a wistful energy so I created a uke riff to start the song that used three chords, two of which I didn't know to be "real" chords but just liked their sort of eery sound. I remember when I wrote the lyrics, "who are you?" I questioned whether they truly belonged in the song. After all, my personal identity was never questioned outright in the book. But that's what I felt when I read it, so I left the chorus just the way I wrote it. 

With my newly launched book-of-the-month series, I couldn't help but shine a giant light upon this beautiful story that helped start me on this journey toward promoting literacy through my music. A big hope of mine is that I'll cross paths with the author Sara O'Leary in real life someday so I can thank her for the incredible work she shares with us all.


HERE'S WHAT TO READ & SING WITH IT

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Identity & Self

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