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Sweet Ella Jenkins

Mr. Greg
Sweet Ella Jenkins

Songwriter, preschool teacher, and Bay Area-native Mr. Greg presents two fun and participatory new songs to celebrate the 100th birthday of the legendary Ella Jenkins. A GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award winner who’s been fondly dubbed “The First Lady of Children’s Folk Song,” Ella Jenkins has dedicated her career to using movement and interactivity to teach basic skills to at least three generations of young children. Mr. Greg honors her life and legacy twice over: “Sweet Ella Jenkins” is an infectious original tune featuring lyrics peppered with memorable lines from Ella Jenkins classics, and “I Like Animals” is a cover of Ella's eponymous musical jaunt to the zoo featuring additional lyrics (and new animals!) by Mr. Greg.

Like Mr. Greg’s first album on Smithsonian Folkways—a collaboration with the enigmatic Cass McCombs—“Sweet Ella Jenkins” and “I Like Animals” engage playfully with the practices and heroes of everyday life. Sung along with friends, students, and local community members, these tracks are an earnest and apropos tribute to the woman who taught us all to “sing a song together.” This centennial tribute features digital liner notes with drawings, photos, and text by Mr. Greg as well as writing by Ella’s children’s book biographer Dr. Ty-Juana Taylor.

Sweet Ella Jenkins

Exploring and Protecting Nature with Ella Jenkins: Pretty Trees around the World
Exploring and Protecting Nature with Ella Jenkins: I Like Animals
Exploring and Protecting Nature with Ella Jenkins: Caring for the Environment

Track Listing

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Sweet Ella Jenkins Mr. Greg featuring The Chapin Sisters 03:48
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I Like Animals Mr. Greg 03:20