Friday, April 06, 2007

What Shall We Do With the Boo-Hoo Baby?

Yesterday, I went through some skills assessment interviews with the library system where I sometimes tell stories. My last skills assessment was two years ago, and while my assessment scores were okay, they didn't reflect how good I really could be. Besides, two years ago, I didn't play guitar.

I brought in my guitar for the storytelling component of the skills assessment. Even when I went through the reference interview and reader's advisory parts of the assessment, I was glad that my guitar was nearby. Although I don't play my guitar slung low over my hips (the practice may look cool but it's an ergonomic disaster), I've got more confidence now that I've got Diamond Lil in my life.

For the children's storytime part of the assessment, I read What Shall We Do With the Boo-Hoo Baby? by Cressida Cowell, illustrated by Ingrid Godon.

Then, I sang and played a version of that story to the tune of "What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?" If you like, you're welcome to use it in your own storytimes. Here are the lyrics with guitar chords:


What shall we do with the boo-hoo baby,
What shall we do with the boo-hoo baby,
What shall we do with the boo-hoo baby?
G Am
Poor little crying baby.
Maybe the baby’s hungry X3
Feed that little baby!

[Spoken: Is the baby still crying?]


Let the baby splash in the bathtub X3
Wash that little baby!

[Is the baby still crying?]


Let’s all play with the baby X3
Bounce that little baby!

[Is the baby still crying?]


Lay the baby in the cradle X3
Poor little baby’s sleepy.

[The baby stopped crying! Shhhhh.]

Hush, hush, sleeping baby,
Hush, hush, sleeping baby,
Hush, hush, sleeping baby,
Sweetie little baby.

Lyrics copyright 2007 by Alkelda the Gleeful and Farida Dowler

April 7 update: I just received a letter regarding my skills assessments. The person who wrote the letter informed me that my new scores were lower than the original set of scores. I still get to keep my original set of scores. I plan to call to find out exactly what the system wanted that I didn't provide. The interviewers had given me positive feedback. It's a hard pill to swallow to think that they may have just been polite. What did they want? Whatever it was, it definitely wasn't a singing, guitar-playing storyteller.

As Jed Bartlett in The West Wing would say, "What's next?"


Vivian Mahoney said...

Oh, this is too fun! Thanks for sharing this one.

Saints and Spinners said...

HipWriterMama: You're welcome! Thanks for appreciating it.

Anonymous said...

I *love* What Shall We Do With the Boo Hoo Baby. It's one of my standard baby shower gifts. The song sounds so much fun. I can't play guitar, but the other children's librarian I work with does and I'm going to send this to him to take a look at.

Bummer on the assessment, though. Being assessed is always yucky, and the idea of getting "scored" on storytelling is even yuckier. How is a score helpful for something like storytelling? Positive feedback, constructive criticism, things that might help one do what one does better -- but a score? I don't know how I'd handle that. Not well, probably.

I really wish I could hear you play and sing this song. I think you are on an entirely different coast than I, though. Bit of a drive.

Saints and Spinners said...

Adrienne: Thank you. I was wondering if anyone would see the addendum in the backlog, but I wrote it anyway, just in case. The rating just confirms what I suspected for a long time: that I'm not really "meant" to return to my traditional library job. I know I'm a good storyteller (not a great storyteller, but a good one, and that is good enough for me). I know patrons appreciate me. I just don't get it. If I were the only one who got a lousy rating (the equivalent of a "B" average), that would be one thing. However, other good librarians have gotten similar ratings.

Hey, if you're ever in Seattle, I'd be glad to play "Boo Hoo Baby" for you... plus all 10 verses of "This Old Man." Try to stop me!

Mwa ha ha.

Thanks for stopping by, Adrienne. Your note gave me a lift on a day that was mostly good but had a smattering of disappointment in it.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

How disappointing that they did such an assessment. You ought to be appreciated more! What's wrong with them anyway? I love your songs!

Lone Star Ma said...

Grfness to them.

Anonymous said...

I'm back again. :)

This gives me just another good reason to get myself to Seattle one of these days.