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Product Type: Audio
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Music For Moving, Singing and Dancing

 


2013 Award
It's Raining, It's Pouring Book & CD
(performed by Peter, Paul and Mary/ illus by Christ, Imagine $17.95 Score:)

Christine Davenier takes a good thing (the music, of course) and makes it even better. In an oversized picture book, the breezy illustrations bring new life to familiar nursery songs that are interspersed with the familiar, It's Raining, It's Pouring ditty that is repeated. And don't tell anyone, but there's a lot of whole lot of learning built-in as they count by fives as they follow the game the kids play of Hide and Seek. Preschol and Early School years.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2011 Award
Singin' & Groovin'
(Music for Little People $14 Score:)

There are 25 lively and new arrangements of such standards as Itsy Bitsy Spider, Polly Wolly Doodle, Skip to my Lou and other very familiar songs. Arrangements include rock 'n Roll, Blues, Hip Hop, Folk and Country styles. A good one for the toddlers and preschoolers to sing along, dance along and bring along for road trips.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Ranky Tanky
(Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, Mayhem Music $16.95 Score:)

There's a joyful mix of music here. You'll be tappin' you feet and laughing out loud. There's Dixieland, folk tunes, old pop music (like Bushel and a Peck, Purple People Eater, and Where Did You Get That Hat?) and some brand new originals. It's all played with an upbeat that makes you want to smile. You'll hear fiddles, ukes, banjos, harmonium, kazooz, trumpets, tuba, trombone, clarinet and oh yes, a balloon and veggie baster. Really. This is one for the whole family.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Elizabeth Mitchell: Sunny Day
(Elizabeth Mitchell, Smithsonian Folkways $12 Score:)

From start to finish this collection of music has quality, variety and good taste. Unlike so many CD's for kids, there are no cutsie lyrics that only half rhyme or music that sounds like a soundtrack for an elevator. This really is music that will make your day a little sunnier,  even if the clouds have gathered. The music is made with a great variety of instruments from harmonicas, guitar, drums, banjo, clarinet, recorders, violins, auto harp, glockenspiel, mandolin, and wonderful voices that you'll want to sing along with as you come to know these pleasing selections. All ages.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Wake Up Clarinet!
(Oran Etkin, Timbalooloo $16.98 Score:)

Well known jazz clarinetist Oran Etkin introduces his own "Timbalooloo" method for get young children involved in moving and responding to the music. This is not just a sit there and watch kind of CD, it has tracks that will also play as a DVD. The music is original and anything but the usual kiddie fare. For parents who especially like jazz, this is a good place to start with younger listeners. 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Earthworm Ensemble
(Western Seed Records $14.95 Score:)

Just in time for Earth Day, this CD has an entirely fresh sound that ranges from wistful to witty and all together pleasing. The album combines a rich potpourri of styles played on mandolin, rocking guitars, fiddles, steel guitar, accordion, sax, bass and drum grooves along with outstanding vocal harmonies. Musicians from the well-known band, I See Hawk in L.A. along with talented vocalists such as two Chapin sisters (Tom's daughters). bluegrass singer, Christina Ortega and country rapper Zachariah, among others. You will love the sound effects on the Traveling Train, the deep down humor of That's What the Earthworms Are For and Bang a Drum is sure to make a hit in all senses of the words. This is one for the whole family.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Banjo to Beatbox, Cathy & Marcy
(Community Music $7.99 Score:)

From the opening rendition of Jubilation to the final beat of New River Train as it chugs down the track, this is a foot tappin' treat for the whole family. Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Grammy Award winners are in top form and add to the fun with guest hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon. The disk includes not only eight musical numbers on the CD plus three bonus videos that you can view on your computer. Our testers especially liked the Syncopated Washboard Rhythm Song as well as an entertaining version of Hip Hop Humpty Dumpty, that sounds like it might be cute, but turns out to be good fun. Indeed, it's a gem with banjo strumming bluegrass meets hip-hop. A marvelous blend that we'd call a real keeper! You can download the songs on iTunes, Amazon, or at their website, www.cathymarcy.com.

This 2009 Platinum winner was just nominated for the 52nd annual Grammy award for  Best Musical Album for Children.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Somersault Season
(Laura Freeman Music $15 Score:)

Laura Freeman steers clear of the usual cutsie or gross out humor ditties that are often served up as entertainment for kids. This is real music and a vocal talent that you will enjoy listening to. There's a good variety of rhythms and styles, from blue grass to marches. It's original music that doesn't condescend and Freeman's vocals are accompanied by guitar, uke, mandolin, electric guitar, drums, and bass…not to mention occasional troll, fairies, Frankenstein and frog voices. Many of the songs like Can You Shake It? are an invitation to get up and dance while others are just good listening fun. www.laurafreemanmusic.com

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009.

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Birthday Songs
(Disney $9.98 Score:) (Disney $9.98) If you have no memory of the basic childhood musical games you played such as "Hokey Pokey," "London Bridge," "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes," this is a must for your first preschooler's birthday party.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: .

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2000 Awards
Color Me Singing
(Susan Salidor $10 Score:) What a worldly mix of music! From American folksongs to African chants to Hebrew prayers, this is a musical box of treats for the entire family. Salidor has added her own lyrics to some familiar songs as well as given us her own stylish spin to many traditional songs. Also top rated, Little Voices in My Head. (773) 271-5568.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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