A, You’re Adorable on Throwback Thursday

Member Lisa Heintz recommend this lovely classic for our Throwback Thursday series, and we’re so glad she did!

Lisa Heintz
Lisa Heintz

My mother used to sing this song to me when I was little. She still sings it now–but to her two cats! I just happened upon a board book version of the song “A, You’re Adorable.” I had forgotten about that song and how much I love it! I used it with my classroom when I was teaching. We learned the song (using John Lithgow’s version from Singing in the Bathtub) and then used it as a springboard to create a class book extolling the virtues of our friends.

Most years I asked kids to work in partners or alone to use their bodies to create each letter as we sang the song (slower than the recording, btw).

One year I had each child randomly select a letter (I used letter magnets in a bowl they couldn’t see through) and also the random name of a classmate (I included teachers and others to get to 26) so that no one would be left out (or chosen multiple times). Then I challenged the kids to come up with a word that described the person using the letter they selected.

Another year we simply illustrated the song and made it into a class book for re-reading and singing (along with the CD in a Listening Center).

Yet other years, we used the song as a springboard to stretch our vocabulary and come up with as many descriptive words that started with each letter of the alphabet. The kids wrote/illustrated those words on sentence strips. I created an Interactive Chart on chart paper on which there were blanks with a means of attaching the kids’ words over the blank spaces (we used Post Its or sticky sentence strips), i.e.,

A you’re so  _______ (artsy)
B you’re so ________ (bold)
C you’re __________________ full of charm…

As the song is long, we usually did this over a number of days/weeks–never all at once! I’ve also sent a note home asking each child to create a list of descriptors for certain letters as “homework” and then bring in their list to compare w/ others’ and use in the above activity.

Another option would be to begin the activity in January (to give them plenty of time) and having the students create their own verses about their family members and friends (A, mom’s adorable, B my sister’s got blonde hair, C, my dad likes to eat my cookies…) and let them take it home for Valentine’s day.

The song is fun, charming, and a great way to incorporate language arts skills, too! I love John Lithgow’s album, Singing in the Bathtub, as it brings back some wonderful old songs that would be lost otherwise! I also appreciate that John Lithgow has done quite a bit of work to keep music in the lives of children through his series of musical stories, picture books and children’s albums.

3 comments

  1. I use this song with younger children too. Once they know it well, they sing the letter and I sing the words and then vice versa. It also works well with 1:1….Wonderful song….

  2. Awesome song by an awesome singer! Does anyone have a lead sheet w/chords? Thanks.

  3. Great song, and wonderful suggestions for a curriculum connection. I’m borrowing your ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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