Item No: 6469


adapted by John Feierabend, illus. by Erik Plude.

This picture book is one in a series based on beloved children’s folksongs, part of John’s lifelong goal to identify and preserve the best music of our heritage for future generations.

Enjoy the hilarious misadventures of Father Grumble, the classic story from the time of Henry VIII about the man who switches places with his wife, thinking her work is easy.

I work harder than you do...Here is the story of domestic rivalry that is as relevant today as it was in the time of Henry the VII, when it first appeared as the Ballad of a Tyrannical Husband.

Throughout all the variants of this song, our misguided husband encounters many domestic challenges while attempting to fulfill his wife’s duties. Follow Father Grumble in his attempts to: milk the cow, feed the little pigs, watch the bracket hen, and finally to wind the reel of yarn. Father Grumble said: “He could do more work in a day than his wife could do in three”. But as you will see: “Nothing is quite as easy as it seems!"

The songtale Father Grumble is part of the First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond Curriculum (6083) and is also included in the supporting Had Little Rooster CD (6121).

Includes a description of the history of the song, the notation of the song, and a link to a free MP3 download of the song (see below).


Additional Info

Download MP3:

MP3 Download instructions:

Windows users right click on the link.
Mac users hold down the Option key as you click the link. Then select either "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As..." and choose the location you would like to save the file on your computer.

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