Jessalyn Gilsig brings 16 year old, Boston Jane, AKA Jane Peck to life in an adventure story that begins in genteel Philadelphia and leads her to the Pacific Northwest in 1855. That is when Jane, fresh out of finishing school sets sail to marry a young man she loved but barely knows. Nothing she has learned before leaving prepares her for what comes to pass in this suspenseful story. Her journey by sea and her life with the Chinnok people come as a great challenge and surprise that helps her discover much about herself and those she comes to care about in the Washington Territory. 5 disks, 6 hrs., 15 mins.
Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: . Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
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.
Michele Valeri's songs are just the right size for the infants and toddlers in your life. Not overproduced with too many words and too many instruments, this is scaled down with repetitive vocabulary and simple enough for tots. The tunes invite interactions between child and caregiver and lyrics. There is enough variation between songs (some of them done both in English and Spanish) and the rhythms to make them interesting to play and sing. 1 & up.
Age: Infants. Award Year: 2010.
A dramatization of events surrounding the Civil War draft riots when rich families could pay a poor Irish immigrant $300 to take a son's place in the draft. New York City exploded with riots. Fifteen-year old Claire, the daughter of an African American father and an Irish mother is caught in the city's strife and her own sense of identity. A spirited dramatization that brings a chapter in our history to life. With a cast of more than 20 players, plus music and sound effects, this is a story from a distinguished author. Walter Dean Meyers, as always, addresses real issues of race, class, and mob violence with well researched facts and unflinching honesty. 3 CD's run about 2 hours and 36 minutes. 10 & up.
Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
Always a favorite, this jolly storybook classic is performed with delightful verve by Nick Sullivan. In the best tradition of storytelling he uses many voices to bring each of the characters to life. Mr. Popper has always dreamed of being an explorer and visiting the Antarctic. Although he cannot do that and care for his family he writes to Admiral Drake, who send Mr. Popper a gift--a penguin who changes his life! An old fashioned fantasy that has tickled generations of children since it first appeared in 1938, it has lost none of its charm. Bring home a paperback so that chapter readers can reread the story on their own.
A two disk set that runs about 2 hours. A good choice for a long drive. Unlike so many CD's this one has a crisp and lively sound and some piano music sequences that add to the pace and pleasure.
Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
Cat, Squirrel and Duck live happily in a little white house where they share music, food and friendship--that is, until Duck decides to try to make Pumpkin Soup. Kathleen McInerney's narration is colorful, the music is lively and both add just the right touch to a little story of friends who fall out and then find a way to make it up. For this time of year, it's so nice to have a pumpkin story without witches and goblins. After you listen to this together, your child can follow the signals for turning the pages and listen alone. After that you just might want to try making some pumpkin soup…even if it does get a little messy.
Read this to your toddler or sit back and listen as Gwyneth Paltrow does the many voices of the creatures in this classic. Toddlers love the bold illustrations and the predictable repetitive refrain. Before long they can say the book with whomever is reading it. On this CD there is also a read along mode with signals for turning the pages. More unusual, there is a Spanish Language version read by Adriana Sananes and an archival version read by the author himself.
Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
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.
Another generation heard from! Sarah Lee, the daughter of Arlo Guthrie and granddaughter of Woody, carries on the family tradition with this lively CD that blends old and new songs. Among our favorites on this 13-track disk are the amusing Oh How He Lied, 'Cuz We’re Cousins, and the traditional She'll be Comin' Round the Mountain. Sarah Lee has a distinctive sound of her own and has composed music to some lyrics her grandfather never put to music, along with a number of all new songs. Guthrie is joined on the CD by her husband, Johnny Irion, their two daughters and none other than Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and his grandson, Tao Rodriguez Seeger singing along on a few of the songs. The variety of songs and voices are refreshing and all in all this is a winning choice for the whole family.
Tucker, a zippy little dog is all excited about Christmas coming. When he snarfs up a holiday cookie from a hot pan his nose turns bright red! But, not to worry. On Christmas eve he gets to take a special trip with a jolly old fellow and that red nose comes in handy! Here's a perfect package to take along on a holiday trip or to enjoy at home. It's another charming package in the Candlewick Storybook Animations collection. There's a small book, stickers, a small poster and best of all a two-sided disk that plays a DVD animated version of the story on one side and the audio on the other side.
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