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Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast

Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast

Spring 2017 Music
Ages: 3 - 8 yrs.
CD Price: $12.00

This round-up of 14 songs by children's music recording artists Andrew and Polly (Andrew Barkan and Polly Hall) comes from the first season of the duo's "Ear Snacks" family podcast. Woven through with lively repartee and kids' voices, this quirky, smart mix is deepened by expert musicality, child-savvy layers, and a creative partnership with a singular perspective: a line about iconic conceptual artist John Baldesarri is a sly addition to the sports-mining alphabet song, "Ballphabet"; the "Everybody Hat Hat" song comes with giggly riddles and … pickle sounds; "How Can You Tell If It's Going to Rain?" points out that being prepared is a good thing, but so is making the most of the unexpected ("splish-splash."); and in "Thank you for the Box," it's not the gift, it's the box, of course ("I like to sit in it and read while I wear my reading socks.") The CD comes with a "Snacktivity" booklet, 20 pages of suggested activities ranging from silly fun ("sing your favorite song like a robot") to thought-provoking ("write a letter to future you").

Lynne Heffley   ©2017 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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