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Middle of Nowhere

Middle of Nowhere

Fall 2012 Music
Ages: Infant - 8 yrs.
CD Price: $14.98

Via 12 highly original songs, singer/actress Shelley Wollert and producer Allen Farmelo have created a twinkling, modern, warm and imaginative world, in the Middle of Nowhere on the imaginary Island of Elska.

Childlike and playful, sophisticated and clean, the sound, concept and presentation are fresh, inventive, and inviting. At first listen, our concern was that the songs sound too similar. On second and third listening, it becomes clear that the character of Elska is holding a conversation. The similarities reveal layers of her personality - how she thinks ("I Just Had an Idea"), whom she protects ("Don't Make Fun of The Goobler"), what she finds most wonderful (everything). Saying hello ("Hiddi Hiddi") is an irresistible extraterrestrial sound that welcomes all. The delicious creativity is "Frozen in Time."

Editor's Note: We'd love to read the lyrics, even if they're not necessary on the Island of Elska.

Claire Green   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Claire is president of Parents' Choice Foundation and cofounder of Sandbox Summit®. She looks for toys and media that will unleash children's interests, and celebrate the fun of learning.

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