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Bring Back the Bat
An Alliterative Song to Teach Letter Sounds
Nancy Schimmel and Fran Avni

This song is performed on Fran Avni's Tuning Into Nature.

This song is also performed on Fran Avni's I'm All Ears: Sing Into Reading.

This song can be used both for alliteration, with a chorus of /b/ b/ b/
b/'s, and for recognizing final sound changes (bat-bad, bat-back).

We wake up when the bat goes to bed,
Don't ban the bat, don't ban the bat,
He sleeps with his feet up over his head.
Oh, bring back the bat.

Bring the bat back for the balance of nature,
Bring the bat back to the banks of the stream,
Bring the bat back, there's a bat in your future,
Be batgirl or batboy on the bat's home team.

He flies like a bird but he's more like a mouse,
He can't build a nest so build him a houses
The bird eats mosquitos and so does the bat,
Mosquitos eat me and I don't like that.


Build the bat a box and she'll catch a batch of bugs
Raise little bats and give them little bat hugs.


Bats aren't bad, they're bashful and sweet
And they pollinate bananas for us to eat.*


*The bats that eat bugs and the bats that pollinate flowers are not the same kind.
The pollinating bats eat nectar.

You can find instructions for making a bat house in Zipping, Zapping,
Zooming Bats by Ann Earle, illustrated by Henry Cole (HarperCollins,
1995). Our favorite bat story is Stellaluna by Janell Cannon (Harcourt, 1993).


See more of our Preschool, Animals and Phonics Song Lyrics

Many thanks to Fran Avni and Nancy Schimmel for permission to publish these lyrics.
© Nancy Schimmel and Fran Avni 1996.  All rights reserve



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