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2008 Award
Beethoven's Wig 4, Dance Along Symphonies
(Rounder $14.99 Score:)

Another entertaining sequel to the winning series of classical music with some mighty silly lyrics. Richard Perlmutter has created these ditties to such old favorites as The Moonlight Sonata, Swan Lake, The Habenera of Carmen and The Washington Post. Play them with his singing or play them straight up as instrumentals that kids can use for conducting or dancing along. These are not quite as amusing as the first CD, but as series go, it's pretty good.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Award
Raffi Songs of Our World
(Rounder $14.95 Score:)

As always Raffi's choices of music are pleasing. He does not sing down to his young audience. This collection of songs from many cultures is sung in Japanese, Chinese, English, Spanish and represents many cultures of the world. It would have been nice if the lyrics came with a translation for those of us who like to know. But, that said, this is a fine choice.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Award
Anne of Green Gables
(Listening Library $19.95 Score:)

Kate Burton reads this classic tale of Anne Shirley who is orphaned and sent to live with Marilla Cuthbery and Matthew. They were expecting a strong boy to help with chores and instead they get a hot-headed girl who can't seem to avid one dispute after another. This is a tender tale that we also recommend on video. But listening to the story without images on a screen demands imagination-something Anne Shirley has a plentiful supply of herself.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Award
Make Your Own Someday
(The Jimmies $15 Score:)

Brad, Tim, Matt, Ashley and Dan are the Jimmies- one the brightest additions to the world of children's music. You'll want to get up and dance when you put on "Make Your Own Someday: Silly Songs for the Shorter Set." Remember our rule is that everyone in the car needs to be happy with our selections--and the Jimmies get that - blending lyrics that are fun for kids without being so sappy that the front seat occupants are rolling their eyes. They introduce kids to instruments and different musical styles in a pleasant, upbeat way that you will not mind hearing often!

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Award
A Child's Christmas
(Rock Me Baby Records $15.99 Score:)

We're big fans of Susie Tallman. She has an engaging voice and a wit that comes through in her music for children. A Child's Christmas is a wonderful collection of holiday standards including Deck the Halls, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and We Wish You a Merry Christmas...intermixed with Merry Christmas greetings in various languages. A great choice for the holidays- it will get everyone in the holiday spirit!

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Award
Blue Moo
(Rounder $11.98 Score:)

I just want to give Sandra Boynton and Michael Ford a hug for coming through with a wonderful collection of witty music that is performed by a really interesting mix of performers including John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting, Patti LuPone, Neil Sedaka, B.B. King and Davy Jones of Monkey fame. Highlights include Davy Jones singing "My Personal Penguin"...it's just so nice to hear his voice again and sing a song that's fun...and Patti LuPone singing the Rabbit Tango as only she could! The collection is right on target for kids without being about going to the potty or about your three year old's responsibility to the global community. It's happily and beautifully smart, intelligent and entertaining.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
The Ants Go Marching
(illus. by Dan Crisp, Childs Play $8.99 Score:)

We liked this oversized paperback book with tons of ants to count and a camp song to sing. Now a new edition has come out with a CD that has two tracks. One has the song being sung while the other is for karaoke singers.  Enjoy!

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

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2003 Award
Baby Vivaldi: Concert for Little Ears
( $9.98 Score:) (Buena Vista Records) We're not usually big fans of synthesized music, but this is a pleasing collection that includes "The Four Seasons" and "Concerto in D Major." Purists will not be happy, but your baby will be.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Celebration of America
(Music for Little People $15.98 Score:) A blend of folk songs, patriotic marches, and traditional patriotic music performed by a wide range of well known artists including Linda Ronstadt ("Back in the USA"), the Weavers ("This Land is Your Land"), and the American Philharmonic Orchestra ("America the Beautiful"). A feel-good collection just right for a 4th of July celebration!

Age: . Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Down at the Zoo
( $12.99 Score:) Powered by a strong beat and clever lyrics, here's an amusing collection of songs in a wide range of styles including calypso, country, disco, and swing, about going to the zoo. Songs like "Jungle Swingers," "Snake House," and "The Funky Yak" will entertain the 3-7 crowd (and their parents). Obviously a good choice if you're on the way to the zoo!

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2003.

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