Looking Back and Looking Forward

Ella Jenkins SFS60013 / EA596

As Ella Jenkins and the children from the St. Vincent DePaul Center of Chicago look forward to the outdoor activities of spring, Ella looks back to the springtime games and activities of her childhood. Ella begins by leading the chorus of children through a variety of chants to accompany games such as jump rope, jacks, marbles, and top spinning. She then introduces piano and guitar accompaniment, singing a few songs by herself and also having the children join in for several call-and-response and clapping songs.

This album was originally released in 1981 by Educational Activities, Inc. and was acquired in 2014 by Smithsonian Folkways.

Year Released 1981
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Special Series
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2015 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1981 Educational Activities
Genre(s) Children's

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101 Little Sally Colors Ella Jenkins 2:12
102 Little Ella Bella, Little Tommy Breen Lemonade Stand Ella Jenkins 4:48
103 Ice Cream Soda Ella Jenkins 1:18
104 Scooping Up Jacks, Shooting Marbles Ella Jenkins 3:41
105 How Long Will The Top Spin? (Sound of Top), Counting How Long the Top Spins Ella Jenkins 1:29
106 Counting From One to Ten in Spanish Ella Jenkins 0:58
107 Spinning Tops Ella Jenkins 2:20
108 One Top Is Spinning Ella Jenkins 2:02
109 The Music Maker Has Come to Town Ella Jenkins 1:56
110 We'll Go-A-Sailing Ella Jenkins 3:01
111 Everybody, Clap Your Hands #1 Ella Jenkins 3:28
112 Everybody, Clap Your Hands #2 Ella Jenkins 4:09
113 Clip Clop Song Ella Jenkins 2:31
114 What Shall We Do Today? Ella Jenkins 2:43
115 Everybody Loves Saturday Night Ella Jenkins 3:17
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