American songs and art celebrate the American work ethic. Now you can whistle or sing while you work! This richly illustrated songbook celebrates typically American occupations, past and present. The haircutter counsels, 'Barber, Spare Those Hairs'; the telephone operator pines from 'Long Distance Blues'; and the musician joins 'The Orchestra.' New York Times best selling author Jane Yolen has collected and introduces the work songs in this sing along book, including familiar classics as well as musical tales of the modern American work world ('My Father Is a Programmer' or the astronaut's 'Fire in the Sky'), beautifully illustrated with kid friendly American folk art such as whirligigs and mechanical banks. For the kids who already know what they want to be when they grow up and for those still unsure, these songs set for piano and guitar give them anthems to match their ambitions. AUTHOR BIO: Jane Yolen is a New York Times best selling author whose more than 200 books for young people include a Caldecott Medal winner, two Nebula Award winners, two Christopher Medal winners, and a National Book Award nominee, among other honored books. Adam Stemple is a musician, composer, and science fiction. This is his eighth musical collaboration with Jane Yolen, who also happens to be his mom. Eileen Michaelis Smiles received her Master's Degree in the History of Decorative Arts from the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Her eponymous antiques shop in Woodbury, Connecticut, has been featured in the New York Times and Architectural Digest.