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PLAN OF THE INDEX
Three types of books are indexed:—those containing only kindergarten songs, those containing both kindergarten and folk songs, and those including folk songs only.
The collection indexed includes the following classes of books:
(1) Books recommended by the Kindergarten Normal Department of the St. Louis Board of Education; (2) Books of songs and games given in the A. L. A. Catalog, its Supplement and the A. L. A. Booklist; (3) All other kindergarten-song books in the collection of the St. Louis Public Library.
Sixty-three books are indexed. The list aims to be comprehensive but is not recommended as a discriminative check-list for purchase. No kindergarten magazines have been indexed.
The index is patterned on Granger so far as the form of entry is concerned. The entries, all in one alphabet, are by composer, first line, title and author of the words when he is at all important. There are no subject headings in the main index, although a separate list of songs for special days will be found at the end.
Whenever there is a variation, whether in composer, first line or title, this is brought out in parenthesis below the entry. The variations appear in every entry of any given set. In groups where it was not possible to determine which was the parent song and which the versions, each song has been called a variant in accordance with the practice of the American Folk-lore Society.
An asterisk indicates that the first line and the title begin with the same words.