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Sound Stories
For Interactive Listening and Reading Fun
By Cristi Cary Miller
39 pages
For grades 2-5

This creative collection is designed to reinforce your students' reading and listening skills and, at the same time, add some music fun. Each of the 18 reproducible stories contains "special words" that are attached to sounds and rhythms. These instrumental inserts will enhance your story as your children become the "sound effects." Use the suggested instruments or substitute with those that are available.

There are many choices for presentation. You can create a visual and have your students play their patterns/sounds as you read the story or select several of them to read. Don't hesitate to act out the story for a finished product. Whatever your decision, have fun with your new sound adventure! The possibilities are endless.


  • An Appleseed a Day (American folk tale retold)
  • Ananse and the Sticky Glue (West African folk tale retold)
  • Baboushka (Russian folk tale retold)
  • Cannonball Casey (American folk tale retold)
  • Lucky the Leprechaun (St. Patrick's Day story by C.C. Miller)
  • The Mule that Got Away (Kansas folk tale retold)
  • A Night to Remember (a Halloween story by C.C. Miller)
  • The Pearl Treasure (Chinese folk tale retold)
  • A Pouch for Mama Possum (Louisiana folk tale retold)
  • Proud to Live in America (story by C.C. Miller)
  • St. Nicholas Leaves a Gift (American folk tale retold)
  • Summer Fun (choral poem by C.C. Miller)
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Norwegian folk tale retold)
  • The Tulip Babies (English folk tale retold)  with "Tulip Baby Lullaby" song by C.C. Miller
  • Wait 'til Emmet Comes (American folk tale retold)
  • Willy the Worm (story by C.C. Miller)
  • Winter Days Are Here (poem by C. C. Miller)
  • Won by a Hare (Creek-Muscogee tale retold)


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We are an arts infused school and this book is wonderful way to infuse music into stories.
Linda C on Jul 31, 2014



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