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I Like a Good Story
Song to Encourage Reading
David and Jenny Heitler-Klevans
Additional lyrics by students in Colonial School District, DE

This song is available on Two of a Kind's So Many Ways to Be Smart

Also available as a song download, instrumental download or lead sheet with chords
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David and Jenny wrote this song to focus on the concept of “plot”. Students in New Castle, DE came up with lots of new verses about their favorite stories during an artist residency.

I like a good story - I like it a lot.
The things that happen make up the plot.
I like a good story - it’s really a blast.
I like a good story, from the first page to the last.

Like those three little bears,
Who went walking in the woods.
Then Goldilocks came over,
And damaged their goods.
She ate all their porridge
And broke some of their chairs;
She was sleeping in the bed,
When those bears came upstairs.


(Verse 2 by Colwyck School, Kdg.-2nd Grades)
One day, a boy named Jack
He got some magic beans.
They grew right to the clouds,
The stalk was shiny green.
He met a mean giant
And stole some of his gold.
He chopped down the beanstalk;
Jack was brave and bold.


(Verse 3 by McCullough School, 2nd Grade)
There was a boy named Stanley
Who went to Camp Green Lake.
He had to dig holes
And he needed a break.
Stanley found some treasure
That was buried in the hole.
His name was on the chest
And inside was some gold.


(Verse 4 by Colwyck School, 2nd Grade, Room 11)
I do not like
To eat green eggs and ham.
I do not want to try them,
I tell you, Sam-I-Am.
I do not like them here,
I do not like them there -
Wait! I tried them and they’re good,
So I’ll eat them anywhere!



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Many thanks to Two of a Kind for permission to display these lyrics.
© David and Jenny Heitler-Klevans. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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