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Learning in Two Languages/ Aprendiendos en dos idiomas

Learning in Two Languages/ Aprendiendos en dos idiomas

Fall 2010 Music
Ages: 4 - 9 yrs.
Producer: Hap-Pal Music
CD Price: $14.95

With his signature deft touch, singer-songwriter and educational music maestro Hap Palmer has long made learning math, phonics and other age-appropriate academic lessons irresistible using an infectious mix of music, rhythm and rhyme. His latest album, a combination of playful new songs and refashioned earlier works, is an appealing sing-along bilingual vocabulary lesson. Accompanied by polished pro musicians, Palmer performs his songs in English and then Spanish with exuberant help from a chorus of kids. "Percival the Parrot" and "Walter the Waltzing Worm" are quirky story songs that offer context for the bilingual content. Elsewhere, catchy tunes serve as clever word lists, whose categories range from animal sounds and days of the week to opposites, colors, clothing and more. All lyrics, as well as a booklet of related activities (another Palmer strength), can be downloaded for free at

Lynne Heffley   ©2010 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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