Mr. McGaughey is a volunteer reader for Librivox.org,
a group of volunteers all over the world who record public domain
audiobooks and put them up for free on the Internet. In October, we
helped Mr. Sayers from California by proof listening a recording he did
of The House
that Jack Built. This story was originally published in 1880. You
can listen to the story here
and look at the pictures here.
Digital Library (childrenslibrary.org) contains scans of thousands
of rare childrens books to read on your computer.
Our emails to and from Mr. Sayers are below.
Monday, October 15, 2007
By Mr. McGaughey’s Grade 1 class.
Typed by Mr. McGaughey
Dear Mr. Sayers:
How are you doing? Thank you for recording the book, The House that Jack
Built, on your computer. Mr. McGaughey and all of us proof-listened your
story and we agree that it is good. We looked at the pictures on the
computer. We really enjoyed it. We liked when the girl milked the cow.
We liked the part when the cow bucked the dog. We hope you record more
stories for children.
Mr. McGaughey’s Grade 1 class
Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 2:58 pm
Greetings First Graders!
Thank you for the kind words about The House that Jack Built. It was
great to hear from your class 2,000 miles away, especially since I had
just recorded it an hour before you wrote me!
If you liked that nursery rhyme, you will probably also like Our Old
Nursery Rhymes which you can find at http://librivox.org/our-old-nursery-rhymes-by-alfred-moffat
. It has a lot of nursery rhymes that have been set to music and then
That recording has an interesting story behind it. My daughter, Jackie,
is studying music at the university where I teach. She and 16 other
friends who are also music students got together and recorded the music
and words to these nursery rhymes. I think they did a great job, and I
bet you will agree.
Let me know how you like them!
ps. I used to teach Kindergarten and First Grade, too!