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Story Songs and Sing Alongs

Story Songs and Sing Alongs

Spring 2008 Music
Ages: 2 - 7 yrs.
CD Price: $14.95
Review:
It doesn't take ten-year research study to know that fidgety young learners strongly prefer participating in fun sing-alongs over traditional "lessons." After all, wouldn't you have more fun singing "A pounce of cats, a knot of toads, a sloth of bears, a span of mules, a mob of cows, a herd of sheep, a litter of pigs....", rather than work-ing on a the "fill-in-the-blank" worksheet style to learn the terms for groups of animals?

Four of the eleven tracks contain songs relating to traditional fairy tales. Several end with subtle advice, such as "So when you build a house for yourself, use BRICKS!" (in Three Pigs and a Wolf), or "Don't wander alone walkin' through the woods" (in Little Red Riding Hood). They are not intended to substitute for the actual sto-ries themselves; instead, they both supplement and complement the related traditional tales.

Energy and enthusiasm effervesce from the performers throughout these musical numbers, and the cheery in-strumental accompaniment adds flavorful pizzazz. Parents and teachers both will have a valuable teaching tool with this CD and the handy 8-page booklet that provides the words for all songs.

Dr. Flora Joy   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Flora has been described as a “founder” in the world of storytelling. The following are a few examples of programs or events that she began: (1) Storytelling World, an international journal for which Flora has continued to serve as editor since its first issue in the 1980s. This journal is currently part of NSN’s Storytelling Magazine. (2) The Annual Storytelling Resource Awards Program, (3) The National Storytelling Youth Olympics, and (4) The Master’s Degree Program in Storytelling at ETSU (where she taught for 41 years and is currently a Professor Emeritus). She has won many prestigious awards, including NSN’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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