by Lisa Von Drasek
Hipster rock group They Might Be Giants returns after their Grammy-winning CD for kids, Here Come the 123s, with a book and song combination to get kids off the couch and get moving. The splashy, frenetic pace of the cool retro art adds to the energy of the song. It's a great book to start the day or break up rainy Sunday doldrums.
The authors have gathered the music and lyrics of 50 classic folk songs for singing together, like "I've Been Working on the Railroad," "Oh! Susanna," and "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain." And who can resist a muffin recipe to go with "Do You Know the Muffin Man?"
This is a rockin' pop-up, lift-the-flap edition of preschool favorite, "The Wheels on the Bus." The many movable parts will keep young children engaged as the wheels really do go round and round, while the bus doors open and the wipers go 'swish, swish' as children pull the tabs and lift the flaps.
In this new take on that beloved song "The Wheels on the Bus," animals hop on the town bus with a family, adding their own tune: "The seals on the bus go 'errp, errp, errp'. All around the town..." Soon, your kids will be singing along too.
Raffi's version of this traditional rhyming song is a delightful sing-along. Try singing along a few re-readings and then ask children to make up their own verses. Did you ever see a bear comb his hair? Did you ever see a moose kiss a goose? Did you ever see a cat pet a ______?
Brightly colored animals teach kids what movements to make while they sing along together. This board book edition is a perfect first book. Kids can clap hands with the monkey, flap their arms with the bird, roar with a lion, and stamp their feet with the elephant.
Ready for some original material? This book is for you! Boyton, the rock star of the board book set, has turned her talents to songwriting. In this book and CD set she has teamed up with diverse bands to create a collection of rock and roll songs. Read the book, then turn up the volume and dance!
This joyous book is a celebration of three powerful songs. Paper collages practically jump off the page in "This Little Light of Mine" and kids can discover the joy of community in "Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In" and the beauty of diversity in "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands."
Generations of kids have been introduced to the orchestra through the story of Peter and the Wolf. (It was originally commissioned for that purpose!) Kids hear the strings sing Peter's theme, the flute as the Bird, the duck as the oboe and grumbling Grandfather as the bassoon. Watch out for the French horns, it's the Wolf!
The 37 excerpts in this book/CD combo will give children a taste of classical music as well as a preliminary introduction to the sounds of the strings, woodwinds, and percussion.
by Lisa Von Drasek