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Polka Dots!

Polka Dots!

Spring 2015 Music
Ages: 2 - 6 yrs.
Producer: Macaroni Soup!
CD Price: $15.00

An expertly conceived album of songs and rhymes for at home playtime, preschoolers and playgroups, set up for learn-along, play-along interaction between children and parents (or teachers), who guide participation. Polished instrumentation, appealing child voices and music educator Carole Stephens' uncloying approach put the emphasis on bouncy fun as "Miss Carole" covers age-appropriate educational ground: simple counting ("The Groundhog Jive," one of many opportunities for physical exercise), colors (Ruth Pelham's "Rainbow 'Round Me"), animal sounds ("Grandpa's Farm"), and opposites ("Slowly/Quickly"). The jazzy "High 5's Should Not Hurt" was inspired, no doubt, by first-hand classroom observation. Suggestions for interactive play are included in the lyrics booklet.

Lynne Heffley   ©2015 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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