Once Upon a Monday: Stories for Music Time

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Way Up High in a Tall Green Tree

by Jan Peck

This story describes a little girl’s exploration of the rain forest

and all its beautiful creatures. Children can have fun making

the animals’ sounds and movements. Also, the first two lines

of every two-page spread, “Way up high in a tall green tree,

I saw a __________ looking at me” can be sung to the tune

of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” Aside from the musical

possibilities in this story, I love the surprise ending, when it

turns out that the “animals” were the girl’s toys and that it

was all a fun dream.

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