Down by the Bay

Down by the Bay


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A classic silly song that toddlers know and love, Down by the Bay has been a favorite and best-selling Raffi Songs to Read/reg/ since it was first published in 1988. In this friendly board book edition, irresistible art by Nadine Bernard Westcott depicts wonderfully amusing creatures such as a bear combing his hair, a goose kissing a moose, and a whale with a polka-dot tail. Very young children will find this book both entertaining and instructive in early language skills such as rhyme, rhythm, and repetition, and will delight in hearing it read or sung aloud to them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780517566459
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 12/28/1988
Series: Raffi Songs to Read Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 73,309
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.18(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 3 Years

About the Author

Raffi Cavoukian is an internationally renknowned musician and performer for children, best known for hits like Baby BelugaBananaphone, and Down by the Bay. He is the founder of the Centre for Child Honouring, which advocates for an ecological worldview, a whole systems shift in the way we make decisions that affect our children’s world. Learn more about Raffi, his music, and his foundation at, on Twitter at @Raffi_RC, or on Facebook at

Nadine Bernard Westcott has illustrated more than 100 books for young readers, including I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a FlyBig PicnicDown by the Bayand Peanut Butter and Jelly, the latter of which she also wrote. Nadine lives in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and divides her time between illustrating and designing her own line of fabrics.

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Down by the Bay 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
bjtemple on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book helps teach music, rhyme, and vocabulary
tripleblessings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The traditional song, as recorded by Raffi, with funny pictures by Nadine Bernard Westcott. Great for preschoolers to grade 2.
Lydia_LaPutka More than 1 year ago
This is another song book that if you are not familiar with the song, it will not make a lot of sense. So, I advise getting the CD to go along with it. Raffi CD's are fabulous as a rule, so it is not money wasted! As a kindergarten teacher, I recommend this book for phonemic awareness. Rhyming ability is critical as a pre-reading skill. This book is not only fun and entertaining, but it is perfect for working on rhyming. Once you are familiar with the format of the book, you can make up your own silly rhymes like, "Did you ever see a dino . . . kissing a rhino? Down by the bay!" or, "Did you ever see a cat . . . with a polka dot hat? Down by the bay!" On our recent trip to WA D.C., we ran into a little boy singing this song. I think he was around 3. I joined in and the family eagerly asked, "What is he singing? We have no clue!" That little boy and I sang away, and I let them know about Raffi! They were so excited to finally know the source.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a boy and girl are by a bay and they make up rhymes
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great poem book for kids!!! But if you have a project at school like i did this is also a great book to go by if you change some words around . Sincerly, Devin Michael Pratt