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“Songs of a Little Child’s Day”
In the Garden

"The Slow Little Snail" Lyrics, Text Format

Introducing dotted quarters, representing a slower pace, and the raised 5th (Si), while extending the vocal range.



  • Grade: First
  • Origin: Emilie Poulsson, Eleanor Smith
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABCD
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ta ta ta | ta/ ti ta/ ti |
    | ta/ ti ta ta |
  • Pitches: advanced: So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa So Si La
  • Intervals: advanced: descending dominate octave skip So\So, Fa\Ti, Do\So
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; repeat signs, 1st and 2nd endings, stepping up the staff from So to So, then So to La including Si; tempo: slowly, heavily; horizontal accent mark (sing/play note a little louder/stronger)
  • Key Words: animal science, gardening, snail, cosily, dwell, pretty, rounded, shell, slowpoke, pace, crawls, place, house, lack, back, perhaps, traveling


“The Slow Little Snail” 
The snail all cosily may dwell
Within his pretty, rounded shell.
But Oh! the slowpoke, snaily pace
At which he crawls from place to place.
A house he never means to lack,
So takes it with him on his back.
If we did that, perhaps we’d be
As slow in traveling as he.

Formats include questions for increased understanding:

Does the melody have more skips or more steps?
Where is the largest skip?
Which measures have the same rhythm pattern ?
Which measures have the same beat divisions?


Additional Formats (click to enlarge)
"The Slow Little Snail" Music Format
Click to enlarge: "The Slow Little Snail" Beats Format
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pitch numbers
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letter names
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