Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Happy as Clams

Happy as Clams

Fall 2013 Music
Ages: Infant - 6 yrs.
Producer: Songs By Lena
CD Price: $12.97

Singer/songwriter Lena Pennino-Smith's first album for young children is a short and sweet collection of 13 original songs. The tunes owe much to musical theater productions, and Pennino sings lead on eight of the songs, with the remaining ones carried by a fine cast of guest vocalists. There are happy greetings songs such as "The Hello Song," silly nonsense songs as in "Happy as Clams," the pirate themed "Hugh Stinkfoot," and the crustacean country of "Grabby the Crabby." Other highlights are the acappella tale of alien babies "Welcome To This World," the gentle acoustic song of "Fireflies," and a bluesy ode which addresses the need for parental coffee in "Cup of Jo-Jo," sung by guest Kim Volpe. A good group of backing musicians, including Lena's husband Brian Smith on piano, supports the album. Lyrics are available on Lena's website.

Lahri Bond   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.

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