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DANA'S BEST JUMP & JAM TUNES

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DANA'S BEST JUMP & JAM TUNES - LORETTE BAYLE
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Description - Dana Cohenour, a pioneering independent singer, songwriter and educator whose music has earned 17 national awards and acclaim from critics and families alike, leaps back into the scene with a brand-new collection of action songs for kids. Dana's sixth highly interactive album includes 12 mostly original songs designed to get kids ages one to seven up and moving, grooving and laughing. Wordplay, catchy melodies and top-notch musicianship.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Dana is a seasoned, veteran performer and her work shows it. Her vocals are crystal clear and engaging, the production values are terrific featuring some smoking good musicians. The songs are high-energy and demand participation unless you are Velcroed or hot-melt glued to your seat. Great for classrooms, home schools and for kids you just need to tire out with good positive, down-home, funky fun music! Pick up this CD and you might not be able to put it down. Love the energy, the participation and production quality. Songs are terrific for activity and downright fun! The album flows nicely. The artist knows her audience well and her songs follow suit. Listeners will probably seek out more Dana music! It's just that good. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I enjoyed listening to Dana's Best Jump & Jam Tunes CD! I found myself tapping to the beat of many songs. One of the things I like about this CD is that so many of the songs are nursery rhymes. They have simple melodies, fun rhythms and positive, upbeat messages. Many of them are about animals and the importance of doing the right thing in life. The "I Love Mommy" song is very simple yet it is a reminder of the most important people in our lives - our family.

There are twelve songs on the CD. It's too difficult to pick a favorite, I love "Barnyard Hoedown," "Jumping Beans," "Five Green and Speckled Frogs and "I Love Mommy. The reason why I like "Barnyard Hoedown" so much is because it is a country song with animal voices, a kid's choir and ends with a cow mooing. The "Jumping Beans" is really cool because of its Spanish flavor and the inclusion of a xylophone. I also think "Five Green and Speckled Frogs" is funny because of the frogs croaking in it. Finally, the "I Love Mommy" is particularly touching lullaby with having a heartfelt simple message about loving your family.

Dana Cohenour sings all the songs on the CD is really great. Her voice is very pretty and she can make funny sounds with her voice like singing with different accents. She also does the fun musical arrangements.

The message of this CD is about the importance of respecting animals, doing the right thing and loving your family. What sticks out in mind the most is the kids' choir singing, the animal voices and Dana singing in different styles. I also like all the nursery rhymes.

While I think kids of various ages will enjoy this, I recommend it to ages 3 to 7 because the songs are nursery rhymes with animal sounds. I give this 4 out of 5 musical stars for its positive upbeat songs and inclusion of animal and kid voices.

By Abigail Zoe L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9
Runtime: 38 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 1-7 Suggested Retail Price: $ 13 Media: AUDIO


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BEST OF RAFFI
BEST OF RAFFI - ROUNDER RECORDS/CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Description - A career-spanning collection, celebrating 40 years of hits from the legendary children's troubadour Raffi. The album includes 16 classics including "Down By The Bay" (1976), "Bananaphone" (1994) and, perhaps his most iconic hit, "Baby Beluga" (1980). Beginning with 1976's Singable Songs For The Very Young, pioneering troubadour Raffi Cavoukian (better known simply as "Raffi") is one of the world's best-selling and most influential children's entertainers.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I need not remind you that Raffi came to prominence in the Plasticine Period when most children's music was seeking its way in the woolly wilderness - most things were molded in brightly colored clay and deemed most precious. And then, this clarion voice came shining through the stark wilderness, broke the mold and boldly mixed traditional songs in clever ways and wrote original insightful songs of social relevance with love and gentle understanding of his young adoring audience. Somewhere in a faraway distant galaxy little Xnobian children are pointing their antennas toward the Milky Way and receiving the first faint notes of "Baby Beluga". What a treat. Listen and smile and applaud 40 years of this true artist for the ages! This CD has terrific performances, songwriting and production qualities. Raffi's songs are extremely well crafted and provide a relevant message for kids today just as they did when he started out. They are aimed directly with love at their core audience of children from toddlers to 8-year-olds. They model behaviors of love, acceptance, protection and fun! This artist is totally in touch with his audience and the importance of the world in which they live. With its beautiful arrangements and vocal prowess, it provides an absolute learning adventure odyssey. Let's all get involved in saving the Earth for future kids and protecting the innocent. This is a must get for parents of young ones. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love to sing dance and just be a child at heart so I love this CD. It is simply wonderful because it has songs for kids of all ages. It has songs that had me wanting to get up, dance, sing and have fun and I found myself doing just that. I love that Raffi sings songs that are fun and memorable and just plain silly!

Included are 16 unique songs kids can dance, sing, learn and just have a good time along with Raffi. This would be great for parties or sleepovers and will pick you up if you are feeling blue. They are very kid-friendly and teach lessons such as everyone grows up, what the sun is and what it does best. On the flip side, there are songs that are funny and silly and will have you up out of your seat and whirling around your house.

The Wheels on the Bus and If You're Happy and You Know It are classics that have a few twists added which make them even cuter. My favorites are Baby Beluga and Love Bug. I love these two because they are very sweet and very clever and had me laughing and dancing. The Baby Beluga is about a baby beluga's day and what it did. Love Bug is about the love bug and how everyone has one and how it shares love and happiness throughout the world.

This CD really made me feel like I was 5 or 6 again and I loved it. It really lets you be carefree and silly and not have to worry about things that older kids have to worry about. For example, things that really bothers me is that I have to do school, worry about money, boys and report cards and what my parents think of me. When I listen to this music I let all that stress go and kicked back to relax and just have fun and go back to that time of my life when I had no worries, bills or strife. I think that it could really help kids deal with all kinds of things and bring them a bit of joy to their day.

I recommend this for kids ages 2 to 12. Kids will love how Raffi sings songs that are fun and educational. They are easy to follow and invite the listeners to sing and dance along. I give this CD 5 out of 5 singing and dancing stars shooting across the sky.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

This CD is a mixture of new and old children's songs. Many of the old songs are favorites and the children got up and danced and sang along to them. Some of the newer or, not so familiar songs, are upbeat and exciting. The first half of the CD are fun, fast paced and kids loved them and danced along. Some of the slower paced ones did not hold my grandchildren's interest as much. An old favorite, "The Wheels on the Bus" was their favorite. Also a new version of De O, Daylight Come and Me Wanna Go Home is delightful. They know the words to this song and clapped their hands and danced along. They also were quite partial to "Down By the Bay," "Apples & Bananas," "Ring, Ring Banana Phone," "Let's Play" and "Shake the Sillies Out." My kids loved the faster paced songs.
Runtime: 45 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 1-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ 10 Media: AUDIO


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HOLIDAY AND EVERYDAY SONGS
HOLIDAY AND EVERYDAY SONGS - HAP-PAL MUSIC, INC.
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-12
Description - This is a collection of songs about holidays throughout the year combined with songs about special things that happen every day. Included songs for Martin Luther King Day, Valentines Day, Chinese New Year, Halloween, Fourth of July, Cinco de Mayo, Christmas and more.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - At last count Hap Palmer has written over a million songs - most people will be too lazy to fact check that fact. It's an election year. I elect Mr. Palmer to the Kids Music Hall of Fame alongside Mister Rogers another bastion of children's rights even when they're wrong sometime and need a hug and a cup of musical cocoa. 'Holiday and Everyday Songs' is a 19-song extravaganza of musical styles and feel good candy kisses that will have mom and dad dancing in Neolithic ways and kids downright digging the tunes and sharing and learning different cultural celebrations and appreciations. This album is memorable! Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Judge.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Hap Palmer Holiday and Everyday Songs is fun to listen to. We like the music and the singing. The singing is not like other songs. The songs have expression and feelings. We especially like the song Witches' Brew. The words are so fun and it's catchy. That song gets stuck in your head all day. We love it! It's our favorite. We also like the song Scamper a lot. We think other kids would like this CD because it's really fun!
Runtime: 90 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.95 Media: AUDIO

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NURSERY RHYME PARADE!
NURSERY RHYME PARADE! - LORETTE BAYLE
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Description - This new album, exclusive to Amazon, presents 35 familiar nursery rhymes and songs, collected from hundreds of possibilities in the children's canon. These fresh and sparely produced tracks provide the perfect opportunity for parents to remember their own childhoods, and to connect with their kids through melody, rhythm and rhyme. Acclaimed children's book and magazine illustrator Ekaterina Truhan created the sprightly animal parade art for the album, which also features a "selfie" image of Lisa Loeb on the front cover, and noted singer Renee Stahl guests.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Nursery rhymes have been around for hundreds of years and many of the characters are based on real historical figures. Babies don't really care about that but they love the repetitive lyrics and easy to sing melodies especially when loved ones are bonding with them. Lisa Loeb has assembled the definitive collection of 36 familiar nursery rhymes with simple yet sturdy production that accents her lovely distinctive voice, delivers a compelling album that will favor many repeated listenings and join the lexicon of evergreen children's music.

These songs will stick and be passed on to future generations just as we learned them. The performances are first rate across the board. Some language is antiquated but it doesn't matter. The fun is the repetition. i.e.. Row, Row Row Your Boat. The songs are intended for the target age group and their parents who share them. The quality is consistently good. There is a simple structure of voices, percussion and guitar. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - We liked this CD. It was fun. We liked the music. Our favorite songs were Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall, Farmer in the Dell, and Hush Little Baby. We acted out the songs while we listened. We played with each other while we were acting out the songs. We knew some of the songs already. We have a giant book of all the rhymes that Mother Goose made. It was fun acting out the rhymes. We liked the singing. We want to listen to it again another time. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! preschool jurors.
Runtime: 30 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-5 Suggested Retail Price: $ 10 Media: AUDIO


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HAPPY KIDS SONGS (FRIENDS & SHARING, BULLYING; HAPPINESS & ATTITUDE)
HAPPY KIDS SONGS (FRIENDS & SHARING, BULLYING; HAPPINESS & ATTITUDE) - HAPPY KIDS SONGS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Description - These full-production songs are both highly entertaining and age appropriate--adult quality music with words and themes that tap into the most common issues confronting 4- to 8-year-olds. These songs were written and produced by award-winning child psychologist, Dr. Mac, who has also been the music director and songwriter for the PBS hit, Jay Jay the Jet Plane. The songs come with a workbook with 125 pages of reproducible lyrics, coloring pages and activities for each of the songs. Collections reviewed include: Friends & Sharing; Social Skills & Bullying; Manners & Character; Happiness & Attitude.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - To date Happy Kids has released 8, five song, theme-based CDs that are highly produced and performed and share an abundance of sweet, life-affirming lessons wrapped in audio candy for the ears. 'Social Skills & Bullying', for instance, features songs that present tools to deal with bullies and messages on sharing and celebrating differences. The producers and writers know their young audience well and are fully aware of the pressures and concerns that confront them from within and without. Terrific tools for the classroom and anywhere kids are present!

Across the board, the performances - both child and adult - are first rate. The arrangements are terrific and the recording quality is highly professional.

As the songs resonate and as the child sings along and learns the many songs the lessons will start to become life-style changes for the positive
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - coming soon
Runtime: 60 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.8 Media: AUDIO


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LET'S BOOGIE
LET'S BOOGIE - RAINBOW SONGS INC.
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Description - The debut album from Toronto children's' rock band, Rock'n'Rainbow, this CD is a family dance party of high energy tunes with catchy hooks & funk-rock rhythms, exploring favorite forms of exercise: biking, heading out on scooters & boogying-on-down.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - 'Let's Boogie' lives up to its name and gets you up moving from the first downbeat. I recognize the musical influences and hip performances but the album never talks down to its intended young audience and in places lifts them up to higher ground. Sharp clean production value and solid vocal and songwriting skills will most certainly lead to repeated listening. A nice mixture of participation and a nod to classic children's songs make this album a certain choice for a road trip..

This CD is a fun one for younger kids. I would recommend for ages 3-6. The music is fun and lively and it will definitely make younger kids want to get up and dance! The music is a bit funky and the lyrics are easy for younger kids to relate to and want to sing along. Songs like Faster Scooter Cat and Let's Dance Today are energetic rhythms and just a whole lot of fun to listen to. They even turn classic kids games into songs like The Freeze and the Hokey Funky. I like that the music is a bit reminiscent of the good old 70's. I give this one 5 stars and it would make a great gift suggestion! Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Reviewer
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Rock 'n' Rainbow is a super fun band to listen to. Their CD Let's Boogie is full of fun songs. This is definitely not music that is played on the radio. I believe this is so much better. Their is no foul language on any of the songs. The songs on here are very catchy. My favorite song is "The Freeze". Some of the songs are learning songs like "Hands Together, Hands Apart" and the rest are cool songs to get you moving. This is a CD that can be played at birthday parties or possibly while kids are cleaning up their rooms (I have and it makes cleaning faster). Inside the CD cover, there is a booklet with all the songs and their lyrics. If you get a chance, check out the videos, they are just as fun as the CD. I recommend Rock 'n' Rainbow's Let's Boogie CD for ages 3 to 9.

Reviewed by Kamren W., age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 60 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-10 Suggested Retail Price: $ 15.95 Media: AUDIO


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DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC?
DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC? - AOEDE
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 12-18
Description - Original fantasy musical/rock opera for tweens, teens, combining colorful characters, compelling story, infectious songs, danceable duets, narration, full musical score. Percy Jackson meets Into The Woods. Enchanted books, witches break into song!.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - 'Aoede - Do you Believe in Magic?' is a fanciful adventure - down the rabbit hole - of magical musical riveting storytelling and exciting labyrinths of trust and misdeed. The nicely constructed songs propel the story with solid performances and strong arrangements. Do you believe in magic is a rhetorical question but you just might believe after listening.

The music is true to its story and well produced. The story moves along fluidly and the structure and continuity are true to its genre (fantasy). The content is stimulating and attractive. It is in touch with its audience (tweens) and leads and guides them along the way. The performances and production values are terrific.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Do you like stories about magical creatures? Spells? Well, this musical is for you. Lisa Sniderman's Aoede Do You Believe in Magic? CD is a kids musical full of goblins, witches, spells, and the most important, singing. Aoede and her friends are trying to save Wonderhaven from witches. This CD does a good job of mixing a narrator telling the story and many other actors to act it out. While listening to Do You Believe in Magic, you will feel like you are right there watching the musical live. There are three acts for this play. Each act is easy to follow. I do recommend listening to Act 2 carefully. There is a lot of action in this act and it will help bring the story together for Act 3. I do wish it came with some sort of booklet or picture book to look at. This CD gets 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend this magical musical CD for ages 7-12. It may be a little creepy for younger kids to listen to. Go pick a copy of this magical journey up today. Reviewed by Kamren W. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9.
Runtime: 107 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 15 Media: AUDIO


KIDS FIRST QUALIFIED ENDORSEMENT
WE ALL SHINE BY PLAY DATE - PLAY DATE
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-12
Description - We All Shine, is light, soulful, stylish, and unforgettable new album by Play Date. Across the board, the blend of catchy rock and kindie themes is woven seamlessly, making for an exciting music that inspires the imagination.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Play Date's We All Shine CD is awesome! The boy girl duo is really enjoyable and fun to listen to. The songs are catchy and each one offers something to learn. Some of the songs are about healthy foods or being a good friend. I found myself humming several of them throughout the day after listening! Any child that likes music and any adult that wants something they can jam to as well will enjoy this album. The album artwork is really bright and beautiful and there is a great message about the artists and a little about their mission. I found it interesting and unique to see the artists' pictures inside the sleeve as opposed to on the front cover. This collection of infectious melodies and empowering lyrics will get the whole family dancing! The songs have great names like "Ruin Your Appetite", "Ninja Pajamas" and "Hug Hug Hug". I highly recommend this CD!

Reviewed by Eli B., KIDS FIRST! Reviewer.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - There are good things and bad things about this CD. First the good things: Some of the lyrics are catchy and the music has a good beat. I think some little kids would like to dance to it - at least a few of the songs. But, that would be little kids ages 4 to 6. I liked a few of the songs the first time I heard them but over all, I really didn't have any favorites. As far as the things I really didn't like - there are three songs about fruits and vegetables which aren't different enough so that was repetitive. I mean - 3 songs on the same CD?! I also don't think the songs would be favorites of most younger kids. I don't know too many kids that would like to listen to songs about this topic. The singers voices are good but the lyrics are very repetitive. I'm referring to songs with lyrics like "No dinner, no lunch, no breakfast...you just want to munch, munch, munch" and it repeats over and over in the song called "Ruin Your Appetite." I wanted to stop listening after hearing the same words over and over so many times. I give this CD 3 out of 5 stars. There is nothing inappropriate for, younger children but it is just really not that fun. I played it for my nephew who is 4 and he liked only two songs out of the 14. He agreed that the fruits and vegetable songs were not any fun. His words were they are yucky but then, keep in mind that he hates vegetables. Over all, the band just repeats too many of their lyrics over and over. It's disappointing.
Runtime: 41 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-6 Suggested Retail Price: $ 12 Media: AUDIO


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HOT AIR

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HOT AIR - RECESS MONKEY
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Description - Flight, adventure and unexplored territory are all part of the concept behind Hot Air, a CD with DVD. Recess Monkey is known for expressing what kids adore most, and in this case, everyday experiences like meeting the new kid in school, wearing hand-me-downs, flying a paper airplane and watching a balloon drift up in the sky, are all related through smart lyrics and layered musicality. Band site: www.recessmonkey.com
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - 'Hot Air' rises to the occasion and delivers a potent punch of fun, danceable and delightfully listenable tunes that will lift your spirits and take you on flights of fancy that are frown resistant. Recess Monkey is a tried and true band of experienced and educated musicians who have inhaled the wonderful songwriting and production values of top groups from the late 60's and 70's and have exhaled a new, original and pleasing paradigm of songs that are kid-friendly but more importantly, kid-conscious. Up up and away, the sky is the limit, or is it?

As far as the DVD portion of this goes: The DVD is rolled into the same CD package which is clever and visually stimulating. The colors and sets are vibrant and stimulating and appealing to a child's' artistic sense and sensibility. Hot Air rises to the occasion and is chock full of fanciful characters and situations animating a fun and engaging narrated story of a boy to man, Andrew, who makes a colorful balloon out of hand me down male and female sibling clothing. When he joins an air race contest and helps a penguin in trouble when his magic carpet is hit by lightning, the excitement and thrills build. Vintage newsreel footage of early flight vehicles and pilots of the time, adds credence to the contest. Through perseverance and dogged determination Andrew finishes the race dead last but due to a technicality actuality wins. Terrific songs, creative artwork and humorous storytelling make Hot Air a winning package.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - My kids, ages 4 and 6, had a lot of fun listening to this CD. The songs were very upbeat, and they were dancing around to the music. They said there were a lot of words that they didn't understand, but they really liked the songs. Then they heard "Oh Lando." They are Star Wars nuts, and this song was so exciting to them. Even though they couldn't understand everything, they definitely got that it was about Star Wars, and that was, by far, their favorite song. Other favorites were "Lighter Than Air" and "Penguinese." I even heard one of my boys singing the songs later on in the day. The songs are catchy and fun, and my kids loved listening to them. They said, "We loved that there was a song about Star Wars," and "We liked dancing around to the music."
Runtime: 40 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 17 Media: AUDIO


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CLASSIC SONGS & TRADITIONAL TUNES

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CLASSIC SONGS & TRADITIONAL TUNES - ANDYLAND MUSIC
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-12
Description - Fifteen beloved folk and classic children's tunes capture the heart of the songs. Authentic instrumentation, thoughtful arrangements, restored lyrics, and Andy Z's friendly vocals complete this rousing CD that will entertain and engage for years.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - From 'This Land is Your Land' to 'Happy Trails,' Andy Z brings a freshness and excitement to familiar songs that we think we may know but after a few extra verses that were part of the original songs and some well-played musical surprises our ears are buzzing with a renewed acquaintance with old friends. The vocals are engaging and the toe-tapping arrangements will have you dancing with a 'Turkey in the Straw' or breaking out a 'Hokey Pokey' or singing along with 'You Are My Sunshine'. 'Oh Susanna' you've got to listen to this CD and don't you cry for me now, girl!

The songs are performed as close to their original intent with all of the original lyrics and instrumentation approximated. This absolutely keeps the tradition of American folk songs alive and well. It is positive and uplifting and the interpretation of songs that a lot of us have heard for years is fresh and engaging.

The quality is excellent. The music mirror the birth of our nation which was an exciting time for America in terms of exploration and strong families along with adventurous and brave people immigrating from all over the world. These songs offer insight into American history from a musical point of view. The artist starts with the premise "maybe you're familiar with this song, but did you know there are other verses?" Particularly enlightening is "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" with the wraparound lyrics.

The musicianship, choice of traditional instruments and vocal performances are well-done and engaging. The production value (recording) is very professional.

Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The kids enjoyed listening to this CD. They clapped and moved along. Overall, they seemed to have fun. All around the Kitchen and You are My Sunshine were two of their favorites. The songs are upbeat and energetic and it was nice to see the kids enjoying some of the old classics, some of which they apparently had never heard before. The performance is entertaining and the songs are fun.

One little boy said his favorite was the first one. Another child was excited about the kitchen song. An older boy said he liked the middle songs best. One girl liked the sunshine song best.

"It is good music." "We like all the music." "It is singing."
Runtime: 38 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98 Media: AUDIO


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CALLING ALL THE ELEPHANTS

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CALLING ALL THE ELEPHANTS - SONG WIZARDS RECORDS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-12
Description - Twelve cheeky, laugh-out-loud funny songs. Combining country and children's pop music with a wacky, seesaw feel, moving from a country stroll where the wit sneaks up on you to a rock 'n' roll sprint where an outrageous lyric slams into you.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Put on the headsets and buckle up because 'Calling All the Elephants' is one of the best albums in a long while to make you laugh out loud and snort milk out of your nose! The word-play, songwriting and musicianship are exemplary. Randy Sharp and Dave Kinnoin, two-seasoned performers, flex their musical chops and in the process push the creative boundaries of children's music in a profoundly wondrous way.

These crafty clutch of tunes hatch from basic concepts and happenings into mini-operas of mirth and merriment. Be yourself. Be resourceful. Be different. Be inventive. Be creative. Have FUN! Who could ask for anything more. Love this album!

Lyrics are stellar, brilliant and quite appealing. The music and production are terrific. Plus, there are many wonderful surprises. Very clever!

Everything clicks like an expensive watch. It's rare to discover an album that appeals to older children, doesn't talk down and takes conceptional chances. This is a breath of musical fresh air.

In ways, it is purposely disrespectful of what is considered appropriate in children's music. Therefore, kids will love it!

I love an album that invites frequent listening because you flat-out love it and / or continue to discover new elements and surprises that you missed before. This is one of those albums. Never gets old. Solid vocals and character voices, musicianship rocks and the recording quality is state-of-the-art.

Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is fun and original and many of the songs have a really good beat and rhythm to them. I like that this CD has songs with funny lyrics. My favorite songs are Last Word and Puzzle. I like how the lyrics in Last Word throw in words such as "foot" and then there is a pause and "ball" is added or "cow" and then "boy." Puzzle is just catchy and is fun to dance to it. Most of the songs are pretty cool and make you want to dance. Some of the lyrics are repetitive but I still think they are pretty good. There is only one song I really didn't like as much and that is Acting Like A Baby. I think it is just the topic that I don't really enjoy. The song is still catchy. But, how often do you really like every song on a CD? Over all, this is a CD with fun songs, catchy lyrics and I give it a thumbs up. Best for kids ages 5 to 10. Some older children may not like it as much. I would give this one 4 out of 5 stars.
Runtime: 38 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98 Media: AUDIO


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DANCIN' IN THE KITCHEN

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DANCIN' IN THE KITCHEN - COMMUNITY MUSIC, INC.
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 0-2
Description - Grammy Award-winning musical duo Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer celebrate 21st century families with this new album of songs and stories. The 15 tracks reflect the diversity of families in the US today, and highlight the idea that families are bound by love. Guest stars include Riders in the Sky, the Savoy Family Cajun Band, The Canote Twins and Kim & Reggie Harris. At the request of Nora Guthrie, Cathy Fink set Woody Guthrie's poem "Howdy Little Newlycome" to music, enlisting Irish super group Cherish the Ladies to perform. The title song reflects the fact that the kitchen is the center of many homes.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Dancin' in the Kitchen by Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer knocked my socks off so I immediately decided to dance barefoot in the kitchen - great decision. This album is a breath of fresh air that climbs the mountain of rarefied musical integrity and promotes acceptance and tolerance on so many levels. First and foremost, I doff my symbolic cap to a duo that I have admired for so many years for their ultimate musicianship and steadfastness to true North. When you wrangle high-class talent, incorporate brilliant songs and deliver unswerving production values the gestation of your endeavor has value for the ages. Could I break down every song for you? Yes. Could you listen to samples somewhere? Yes. Is my review a teaser? Yes. Are samples a teaser? Yes. Get on up, people! You will not be disappointed or dismayed, this album is special and grabs you from the first downbeat to the last fade-away. XOXO.

This is an exciting and vibrant CD from the first downbeat to the final fade. There is a lot of wonderful music and supporting messages regarding the diversity of families and their makeup.

Cathy and Marcy know how to producer, perform, pace and structure an album. This CD has many guest groups and a wide range of songs that flow seamlessly.

Though topics of divorce, adoption and same gender parents are presented through song, it is never heavy-handed but presented with love and joy. Better learn how to get your dance on! Sit back and enjoy funny word play and stories and a wonderful array of musical sounds. These 15 performances are absolutely top rate. Vocals are spot on and engaging and the musicianship is stellar. The production value is impeccable. Review by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This CD by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer is sweet and loving. The title song Dancin' in the Kitchen is very upbeat in a zydeco style. My two birds loved this song. They moved their heads to the beat. It was so funny! My favorite song is Everything Possible. It's very calming and has a sweet message that you can be anything. The two songs Dinnertime Orchestra and Who's in Charge of Naming the Colors are both stories. In I'm my own Grampa, I enjoyed the tune but found the words very strange. Also From Scratch is a sweet lullaby. Most of the songs have amazing lessons to learn about accepting our differences, such as if your family is different or your skin color is different than your friends. I belong to a Family is also very sweet. I recommend this for kids age 2 to 8. I can see a lot younger kids dancing to it. I give this CD four out of five stars because it is fun and a good CD for little kids.

Reviewed by Mia Anderson, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

This CD is a good form of entertainment to bring children of this age together. The kids in our group had a good time listening and dancing to the music. Though they are young and distracted, the music brought them right back to dance together. The stories told in the music are simple and their responses to all ones of enjoyment, smiles abound. The children loved the music and had a good time. The music is about families and togetherness and they could relate to that.

The dinnertime orchestra was particularly fun and kids responded to it enthusiastically. They listened intently and danced along. They were too young to sit and listen to the entire thing all at once but wandered off and returned frequently. The pace of the music is perfect, fast enough to be engaging but not frenetic.
Runtime: 35 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.95 Media: AUDIO


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ALLONS DANSER! (LET'S DANCE) FRENCH LEARNING SONGS
ALLONS DANSER! (LET'S DANCE) FRENCH LEARNING SONGS - WHISTLEFRITZ LLC Click to purchase directly from the producer
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 0-2
Description - Allons chanter! (Let's sing) Allons danser! (Let's dance) Apprenons le Francais! (Let's learn French) Get in the language-learning groove with this fun-filled collection of original tunes and beloved traditional favorites. Makes learning French as easy as un, deux, trois!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Allons Danser (Lets Dance) is a charming and inviting way for young children to learn French words and phrases through familiar children's songs. These twenty ditties for little kiddies will have the whole family dancing from 'Bonjour Les Amis' (Hello Friends) to 'Au Revoir' (Goodbye) and did I mention the highlight of 'Le Vieux MacDonald' (Old MacDonald)? He had a farm in France too, apparently. Renowned French artists Marie-Louise Desage and Didier Prossaird add a major touch of class to make this musical vintage an album for many a listen! Very musically engaging. Learning to speak French is a bit of a hard sell to kids but this makes it seem extra cool! Offers exposure to brilliant musical performances and another culture, always a good thing. Very upbeat instrumentation. Promotes cultural awareness and introduces familiar children's songs in French. Hits the bulls-eye for its target audience of young children. Great production values across the board. Stellar! Love the vocals and the bouncy arrangements. Instrumentation is infectious.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Filled with songs for learning the French language, this CD is so fun and pleasant I found myself dancing as I listened to each and every song. The vocals and catchy songs stuck in my head even when I wasn't listening to the CD!

Allons Danser! contains 20 short songs intended to teach children French. Song topics range from the classic Old MacDonald to parties for kids. The songs are sung by a woman and children, while the music is provided by a keyboard, percussion, trumpet, trombone and guitars.

It comes with a lyric book containing the French lyrics and word-by-word English translations on the side - perfect for the young English-speaking child trying to learn French. Every song is different and very fun, but one of the most exciting to listen to was "Un Deux et Trois" which translates to "One, Two, and Three." This song is very happy and, just like the other songs, it has a catchy hook and refrain. Another standout song is "Les Petits Poissons" or "The Little Fish." This song is a little bit slower but still very whimsical and enjoyable.

The vocals are provided by Marie-Louie Desage and her voice is very smooth and pleasant. She enunciates very clearly and it is very easy to follow along with her in the lyric book. There are child vocalists that come in at a couple parts in each song, providing more of a backbone of background vocals to Desage. The music accompaniment is very clean and does not overwhelm the French lyrics that Desage is singing to the children.

One thing that sticks out in particular is the enjoyment I got out of this. I genuinely had a great time listening to each song and learning French along the way, so children will have a blast as well. The film meets the KIDS FIRST! criteria perfectly and is suitable for children from the ages of 4 to 12. Both boys and girls would enjoy the CD equally as long as they are keen on learning French. The CD earns a 5 out of 5 star rating and is extremely well made.

Reviewed by Carissa P.
Runtime: 40 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 3-7 Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99 Media: AUDIO


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!SABOR!-SPANISH LEARNING SONGS
!SABOR!-SPANISH LEARNING SONGS - WHISTLEFRITZ LLC Click to purchase directly from the producer
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-12
Description - This lively CD is a fabulous fusion of world music styles -- including cumbia, calypso, salsa, and merengue -- that teach kids Spanish. Get ready to be immersed in irresistible rhythms and pulse-pounding beats, and get ready to shout, "�Sabor!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - �Sabor! - Spanish Learning Songs is a refreshing and fun way to learn Spanish words and phrases and dance and sing at the same time! You're a newbie? Do not fear, the helpful liner notes offer English translations to the all-Spanish set of traditional and original rousing tunes. Singer-songwriter Jorge Anaya and keyboardist Didier Prossaird keep this fast-paced party moving along with a splendid variety of rhythms and styles - cumbia, salsa and merengue to name a few - will have you dancing in the streets and shouting, �Sabor! Wonderfully produced, very authentic. The style is right on the money, the structure true to the source and the continuity from song to song is well done. The quality of the source material and the professionalism of the performers shines through and is perfect for young audiences. It gives you the idea that learning Spanish can be and should be fun, not work. It invites audience participation. I see this as a joyous musical exclamation of a fun introduction to our Spanish-speaking neighbors. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Critic.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This CD is good for kids that already know a little Spanish. The fast pace of the songs makes them fun and easy to learn a few new words, especially when refer to the booklet. Without the booklet, the songs are still fun but you don't necessarily learn any new words. The upbeat songs are fun to dance along with and are very happy sounding. A favorite of the kids was Old MacDonald.
Runtime: 40 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-10 Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99 Media: AUDIO

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SHINE: LULLABIES FOR EVERYONE - SUZANNE SELMO
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Description - From Disney to the Beatles, Standards to Billy Joel, this album of cool, acoustic arrangements will successfully soothe little ones to sleep while adult listeners relax to the satisfying, fresh take on 'kids' music.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - "Shine" is well-produced, well-performed and is well aware of its intended audience of sleepy little ones. Thirteen songs are represented from some of the world's beloved songwriters and one lovely original soon to be a classic. Suzanne Jamieson Selmo's vocals are clear and soothing and are supported by terrific arrangements. There is a consistent flow to the album despite divergent songs from a myriad of sources and intent- kudos to the production team! The subtitle to the album is 'Lullabies for Everyone' and that is true because I fell asleep three times while listening... and that's a good thing!

The album flows well helped by good arrangement and smooth and soothing vocals. It is perfect for sleepy time and parents will enjoy it as well. Should stand up to many repeats.

The album was obviously designed for young audiences; the content follows suit even though it comes from 14 different writers. The behaviors of love and caring shine through the songs and the presentation. Some of the language may be beyond little ones but that allows adults to appreciate the songs as well.

The vocals are consistently solid as well as the arrangements and players. The recording quality is top-notch. I think this is a favorite album that a child can grow with and learn to appreciate all the fine songwriters represented herein. They may want to know about other songs by them. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Music Juror John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The music is very soothing and can be used for bedtime. It worked well as background music for them, not demanding their full attention.
Runtime: 40 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-5 Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99 Media: AUDIO


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NIGHTLIGHT DAYLIGHT
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NIGHTLIGHT DAYLIGHT - CGD MUSIC
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Description - The first interactive lighted cover art. Two CD set of 30 tunes for anyone who wants beautiful music to drift to sleep and optimistic music to awaken. A calming yet intellectually stimulating experience for children, with world class musicians and Nashville Symphony's live string orchestra.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Nightlight Daylight is an exceptional package from first look and apparently you can tell a book, uh, CD by its cover. Its lovely, interactive fiber optic cover is off the charts - push the moon and the stars and fireflies light up. Impressive! It just gets better. After I finished pushing the moon for about half an hour I delved into the treasures within: an ambitious 30-song two-CD set. Hence the title. The artist, Muriel Anderson, is a force of nature and a brilliant guitarist. The first CD, Nightlight, is perfect for winding down and drifting into dreamland with soft and soothing guitars and vocals with support from some major talent. The Daylight CD, although equally talented, is more suited for an adult audience. The music is absolutely stunning and so well played. Primarily acoustic guitar supported occasionally with other unobtrusive instruments. Half the album (lullaby) is directed to children while the second disc is more suitable for adults which is not necessarily a bad thing. I recommend this to anyone - there is so much to like - great for lullabies and meditation. Very soothing. This double album flows along seamlessly from night to day. The classical-based guitar work is exemplary. However this is not totally a children's album. The quality is amazing across the board. It will retain a youth audience on the first CD but not on the second. I cannot express how much the performances and production quality resonates. I look forward to Muriel Anderson's next release! Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I liked this CD set because it has both day and night songs. It has really cool bonus features too like light up stars on the cover and removable guitar pics. The Nightlight CD is my favorite because it would be good to listen to at night if you can't fall asleep. I liked the Daylight CD too but would have liked faster melodies and more lyrics. I would recommend this for ages 2 to 7 because older kids may get bored. There are few lyrics. It is mostly instrumental. The packaging is really cool. When you push down on the cover, the stars light up.
Runtime: 109 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ 35 Media: AUDIO

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APPETITE FOR CONSTRUCTION
APPETITE FOR CONSTRUCTION - THE POP UPS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Description - These songs provide an active participation point for whole-family engagement, celebrating imaginative play, building, dance, puppet making and more. "We wanted to make something that wasn't only about listening, but could actually be recreated and re-imagined at home," explains Stein. "The Pop Ups are all about making things," adds Rabinowitz. "We want our fans to be able to engage in that experience for themselves and really take part in the record, and to experience The Pop Ups world."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Stop the presses! Late breaking news: The Pop Ups have done it again! Their latest album 'Appetite For Construction' is a fanciful, danceable explosion of ideas and get-down rhymes and rhythms. The group is in touch with its musical lineage and producer/arranger Jason Rabinowitz does a masterful job of paying/playing homage to a myriad of pop culture voicing and styles. The group has a special spark and presents a moving target of attention grabbing hip nouveau vaudeville. Oh, and by the way, I liked the album. This is a finely constructed and produced album from the first downbeat. Nothing unappealing unlike a banana. Each song segues into the next seamlessly with a myriad of pop culture styles. Their liner notes hit it on the head, "This album is dedicated to the simple joy of making things with family & friends!" The group knows how to integrate terrific music with creative voice work that they perform live with the puppet portion of their shows. They always present a moving target of attention-grabbing modern vaudeville. Top rate sound quality has layers of harmonies, excellent musicianship and masterful recording technique. Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The kids absolutely loved this CD, especially the upbeat music that made them dance. They liked the vocalist, the instruments and the fun music. The kids that reviewed the CD were ages 2-7. The slower songs were not enjoyed as much as the faster paced ones but overall they really enjoyed this. One 2-year-old came running in from another room dancing along to it. Their favorite song is "Getting the Job Done" and they repeatedly said, "give it a 5" (rating).
Runtime: 40 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-5 Suggested Retail Price: $ 12 Media: AUDIO

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SEA BLUE SEA
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SEA BLUE SEA - THE WHIZPOPS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Description - This new album of original songs delivers educational content via a zany range of characters and grooving, upbeat music in a range of styles. In all, the 10 tunes present key facts about the ocean and its inhabitants in a lighthearted and engaging way, often from the perspective of the subject animal.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Unlike the glorious manatee, Sea Blue Sea clips along at a rockin' pace and doesn't let up until we have been musically introduced to a variety of engaging underwater characters like the dolphin, manta ray, sea turtle and octopus among others that abide beneath the waves. The songs are exquisitely arranged and performed with a musical nod to the 80's forward - especially enjoyed the B-3 organ and guitar work. Clear and present vocals enhance the outstanding educational values embedded but not buried or lost in the upbeat arrangements. The Whizpops are a group to be reckoned with - Jump on in the waters fine. Love the music, my kind of stuff. A variety of musical influences from the 80s on up! Sounds like a live band. No pun intended but, there is a nice ebb and flow to the album as the artists share the wonders of the sea. Excellent use of musical styles from rock to reggae. The quality reflects the research that the artist have included on the manatee, dolphin, manta ray, sea turtle and more. Enthralling for their audience. Most children are intrigued by the ocean and its inhabitants. What's not to like? The artists know their audience well and are very respectful, no condescending allowed. This album is a guide to the wonders of the sea disguised as a flat-out fun and gun rock album. Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Whizpops Sea Blue Sea music CD is awesome. It is very funny and rhythmic. The Whizpops do a great job writing enjoyable, upbeat music for each song. I like the CD so much I tap my fingers along to the beat of almost every song.

Throughout all the songs I learned about sea creatures that live inside and outside of the coral reefs. It is a good combination of music and education to explain what happens under the sea. For example, you learn about zooplankton, sea turtles and blue whales. You will have to listen for yourself to find out about all the other cool sea creatures and things they sing about.

This CD is so entertaining. I enjoyed all the musicians, different instruments, and music they played throughout the whole disc. I couldn't wait until the next song to see what they would play next! I especially like Matt Cornette who plays the banjo because he plays in all of my favorite songs and the banjo sounds really cool. My three favorite songs are Anglerfish, Coral Reef, and Manta Ray because they tell cool stories about each of the animals and have rock and roll type of music.

This CD by the Whizpops, shows that you can have fun learning about the sea and all of its creatures while listening to entertaining music.

I give this CD 5 out of 5 stars because it is funny, educational and the music makes you want to dance. I recommend it for kids ages 2 to 8, especially for those who like the ocean, sea animals and upbeat music. This is a CD the whole family can enjoy as I saw my dad dancing in the next room. .
Runtime: 30 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ 12 Media: AUDIO


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LOVE BUG BY RAFFI
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LOVE BUG BY RAFFI - ROUNDER RECORDS/CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Description - This 16 song collection embodies all of the qualities that have already established Raffi as a beloved and trusted icon for young listeners. These are songs about love ("Love Bug," "Seeing the Heart"), nature ("In the Real World," "Blue White Planet"), play ("Free to Play," "To the Park"), chores ("Mama Loves It"), teamwork ("On Hockey Days"), imagination ("Magic Wand") and the need to slow down and catch one's breath amidst the accelerated pace of modern life ("Cool Down Reggae").
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Let's start with the obvious, 'Love Bug' is a terrific album filled with lovely and entrancing songs. I could say, ridiculously, where have you been for twelve years? And the answer might be, doing lots of fun and satisfying stuff. It's like we never missed you, Raffi. The soothing voice and positive artistic sensibilities are sharper than ever. The love for the individual child and family, care for our world and the simple joys of playing ice hockey, and enjoying the park are just a sampling of this splendidly produced and performed 16-song set. And a nod to the updated lyrics to 'This Land is Your Land.' Beautiful guitar work. engaging production and that voice that makes a stadium performance sound like a personal concert in your living room. Pick this up, you won't put it down.

I really like the choice of mainly acoustic instruments (guitars, banjo, fiddle, drums, bass piano and dulcimer). This music breathes. Raffi is one of the foundations of children's music - a national treasure that generations have grown up with.

There are terrific songs, exceptionally performed and spot-on for the target audience. The structure and continuity are near-perfect.

The title says it all: Love Bug! Raffi is all about love, respect, our planet and the power children have to change their surroundings for the better. Like Fred Rogers, he is true to himself, respectful of his audience and always in a gentle, loving way. He is a seeker of good intentions for the World we live in.

Raffi's voice is an instrument that soothes and draws the audience to scoot just a little bit closer. The kid choruses are lovely. The production fabulous. The musicians add so much energy and propulsion. I hope that children will see a bigger picture of their involvement and heir apparent to a smaller, brighter and more loving world.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The kids really enjoyed this CD. This is the first time I've heard a Raffi CD and, although the lyrics are very intelligent and often mature, the kids still were completely drawn in to the songs. They sang along almost immediately and they wanted to hear more. After the original review, I started playing it in the car when they were out of control and they would immediately calm down and start singing along. They especially love the first two songs. Based on the kids' reactions, I recommend this CD to anyone. They particularly loved the Dogwood Song and Love Bug was their second favorite.
Runtime: 40 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-7 Suggested Retail Price: $ 15 Media: AUDIO


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AS THE CROW FLIES
AS THE CROW FLIES - ALLS HOUSE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Description - Family recording artist Dan Crow offers a brand new collection of original songs that celebrate his fun with travels around the world.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Dan Crow's "As the Crow Flies" boasts the talents of a seasoned, much-traveled performer who knows his audience. The album is packed with outright fun and danceable hits that will have its audience on their feet and moving right along. Some of the highlights, supported by a band of all-stars, are the surf-inspired "Stevie's Got a Maui Owie," the multitude of fun available on the "Playground" and the timeless log of a little dog in "Greyfriar's Bobby" complete with authentic Scottish instrumentation. A fun, inspired album the whole family will enjoy. There are lots of opportunities for participation, out and out fun, and movement. The children's chorus is particularly appealing. The artist recalls growing up in his first house, the love of eating mac n'cheese, the fun of traveling, anti-bullying and something we can all remember - waiting for the Tooth Fairy. The recording quality is terrific and the guest musicians and youth singers are all top notch. We love this one! `
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This CD has a lot of fun and catchy songs. The lyrics don't always make sense and are sometimes just silly but they will make kids want to laugh out loud and dance around the room. The instrumental part is a very strong part of the CD. It is what will make you want to get up and dance around. Even when the words are a bit too silly the instrumental section holds your attention. Although, young kids may not learn a lot from listening to the CD, they will enjoy the music and sometimes that is just as important as learning something new. I did learn something from the song "Bully Girl and Bully Boy." The music styles are pretty similar throughout the CD. There is some rhyming and the songs touch on topics such as the tooth fairy and the playground, things kids can relate to. I recommend this for kids ages 4 to 8.
Runtime: 40 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99 Media: AUDIO

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COOL KIND KID
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COOL KIND KID - COOL KIND KID
Series: STUDENT MUSIC CD, ELEMENTARY
Description - Winner of more than 15 national awards, including Parents' Choice and Teachers' Choice. 17 original songs, each teaching a different social skill. The fun way for kids 2-9 to learn social skills to reject bullying. Kids are engaged as they learn "the kind kid is a COOL kid, not the bully."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This CD is a 17 set of character-affirming songs that present children with options to make positive choices in their daily existence of life, school and home with special attention paid t peer pressure. The songs are well produced and performed with a mix of adult and child performers. An array of musical styles from rock to pop to folk infuse the messages of manners, respect and making a stand with an accessible immediacy. The collection is a valuable teaching tool for parents and educators to integrate into their bag of tricks. The structure is sound. Every song has a behavior that ideally should be modeled - manners, standing up for what is right, following rules, kindness and similar. The content is age appropriate and, of course, emphasizes that it is "cool to be kind."
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a very cool music CD which includes 17 songs that demonstrate how to be polite and well mannered, with a catchy beat! I honestly thought it may be a little cheesy but the CD pleasantly surprised me. The first song of the album, "Cool Kind Kid," is simply perfect for teaching younger kids about proper behavior.

All songs in the album not only send positive message but lead kids with an example. Music ranges from rock and roll to slow and soothing, to upbeat and modern. Each song is completely different from the last and concentrates on one specific item. For example, one of my favorites, "When the Telephone Rings" talks about how to pick up and answer telephone correctly.

There are 17 songs in total. Each of the songs is about two to three minutes long. All somewhat tell a story and even though you may not realize, all teach you a lesson as well.

Most of the songs are catchy. However, there are a couple that feel a bit forced and probably would have benefited from a better singer. But those are an exception and I do like the fact that the majority of the songs are sung by kids. Since I'm 12, the songs were a bit childish for me but I could see a class of preschoolers enjoying it and singing along. I also found it very smart to make this for such little kids, so when they grow up, they have good manners and a clear understanding between right and wrong.

My favorite song is "When the Telephone Rings." The song is about being polite during a call, and I like it the most because the voice is very impressive and the lyrics are catchy. It all wraps up nicely as the song explores three different situations with a good sense of humor.

These songs are for little kids, so I think the best age rating is 2 to 6. I don't believe older kids would enjoy it or benefit from the message as much. Younger kids would not understand the purpose of it. I also give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed By Gerry Orz, age 12, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 40 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 3-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ 10.95 Media: AUDIO


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SMART SONGS FOR ACTIVE CHILDREN

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SMART SONGS FOR ACTIVE CHILDREN - LIGHTHOUSE RECORDS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Description - The 7th CD by early childhood music specialist and award-winning composer Vincent Nunes. The sixteen tracks are original songs, each curriculum rich and loaded with catchy melodies which make you want to sing along
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What is the adage you can't tell a book by its cover? Well in the case of 'Smart Songs for Active Children' the cover artwork for all the songs is there but, with that in mind, when you open a book and play an album - in whatever format you choose - the artist, the story, and investiture takes over. This album comes from a pure place of what communicates to children, what uplifts and involves them and ultimately what brings joy and the 'play it again phenom' we have experienced as parents. This album works on a multitude of levels. The music strides a variety of styles with lots of room for participation. Vincent is a consummate writer and performer who knows his audience. Great continuity and variety of styles. The lyrics are filled with love, fun and positive values throughout. The title gives it away. These are indeed smart songs and kids will be dancing and singing along from the first downbeat. The vocals are well placed out front of the tracks. The production values are very good with a nice mix of instruments. Check it out.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The kids really like some of the songs and lost interest on some. They really liked the Spanish song, the store song and the washing hands song. They also seems to like Manuel the great and danced around to all the music. Overall, they had a fun time listening to it and remembered a lot of it afterwards.
Runtime: 48 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-5 Suggested Retail Price: $ 15 Media: AUDIO

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AMERICAN HEROES #4
AMERICAN HEROES #4 - SPROUT RECORDINGS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Description - Extraordinary accomplishments of 11 Americans are set to music in Sprout's fourth CD celebrating heroes. From well-known figures including Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney to lesser known but influential citizens like Samantha Smith and Mary McLeod Bethune.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Jonathan Sprout's American Heroes #4 is a beautifully realized and produced album that continues his award winning series honoring American heroes.. Among the stellar cast this go-round features President Teddy Roosevelt, Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney, Girl Scout icon Juliette Gordon and ten year old Samantha Smith (who waged her own personal peace detente with Russia) among other shining stars. This project is by no means a boring slog down history lane. This is a dynamic, exhilarating foray into the hearts and minds of inspiring shakers and movers that rock our world to this day. The song writing is crisp, the performances are spot-on and the production values are beyond reproach. I cannot recommend this album enough!! Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - coming
Runtime: 41 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ 13.98 Media: AUDIO

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POSTCARDS FROM NANNA
POSTCARDS FROM NANNA - CHA CHA SAM
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Description - Nanna goes on a BIG adventure with Ruby Big Dog and Pauline the Parrot. They're hoping to find their way to the Big Rock in the center of Australia but, they just can't seem to get on. Nanna wants to go left, Ruby wants to go right and Pauline just wants to go her own way. Cha Cha Sam is folk/pop music for big-spirited kids and their grown-ups, designed to encourage families to play and communicate creatively. The songs are made in close collaboration with specialists in children's health, education and disability.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really like this album. The music is terrific and engaging. However, there are lofty goals that fall short. I really don't understand this album and therein lies the rub. It's like walking into a movie after it has started. I have to evaluate on the content that is given. It is very positive and respectful. The sound quality is terrific. The songs rock and are filled with power and talent but the language and colloquialisms rule out an outside Aussie audience. The cover to the album speaks kid-fun but the content has an agenda of its own - follow the story at all costs. With a heavy heart we cannot fully recommend this album. Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - coming soon. See adult comments.
Runtime: 27 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ 25 Media: AUDIO

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WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO TODAY?
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO TODAY? - ARTSONG MUSIC
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Description - This second children's music CD by Francie Kelley showcases her clear and lovely singing voice and a multinational theme binds the joyous songs together with a sense of exploration and wonder. Different tunes draw upon the rhythms and traditions of lands ranging from Jamaican drumming to Irish fiddle playing to Argentinean tango and much more. Jubilantly brimming with enthusiasm of a grand international vacation, it is a child's musical passport to the world.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a fine album filled with sounds and white rabbits that draw you into a world of predominantly world rhythms enticing the listener to become an amateur explorer of other cultures. The vocals are endearing and the production value, with an absolute nod to cultural instrumentation, is spot on. I must give a nod to the child performance at the beginning of "This Land Is Your Land." The song is seminal as we hand it over to future generations. The overall recording experience is terrific due to production values, vocals and song choice. The musicianship: exemplary. It is very uplifting, loving and accepting of other cultures and their music. This album is in touch with its audience and respectful. In addition, it lasers in on its target audience. I love the World Music component of this album. Five thumbs up if I had five thumbs. Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Francie Kelley's album let's you travel the world. There is music from many different cultures - from the Argentinean tango to the Hawaiian Islands' ukulele, Francie's upbeat and poetic vocals make this album. She carries a note for miles with her clear voice. She has help from Pat Kelley's soothing guitar music and Katie Kelley's fantastic vocals. When I listen to each song I'm transported to another place. It's a journey around the world in one album.
Runtime: 34 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-5 Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99 Media: AUDIO

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INCREDIBLE FLEXIBLE YOU, THE
INCREDIBLE FLEXIBLE YOU, THE - SUNDANCE MUSIC
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Description - Catch, fun songs from the 3-time GRAMMY-winning pioneer of children's music (created in tandem w/the groundbreaking book of the same title) has special appeal to young listeners navigating the tricky waters of social interaction.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a quality produced and performed album by a celebrity of family music, Tom Chapin, and a gifted co-writer and producer/performer Phil Galdston. The energy and foresight in this project is palpable. Co-joined yet artistically separate from a book of the same name, these 12 beautifully produced and performed songs uplift the challenges that young people experience every day in regards to good choices and infusing into socialization with their peers with tools that will help and uplift them with a positive sense of self. Lovely! This album is multi-leveled: engaging music and fun songs on one level and wait, what, on another level - food for thought. The songs that keep on giving. I feel a tightrope successfully crossed that, in other hands, could have come across preachy or pushy are the antithesis of that. Intelligent lyrics. Really! Tom's vocals ride effortless atop Phil Galdston's terrific production and arrangement with a lovely mix of folk meets Beatles that I love. Recording quality is beautiful. This album addresses socialization issues and promotes cognitive thinking more so than any album that's crossed my desk in a while. Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This CD is great for kids ages four to seven because it teaches about getting along with others and expressing your feelings. The lyrics are appropriate and have good messages about feelings. I liked one song called "The Plan" because it explains to kids that you can do whatever you feel like doing such as reading or playing a certain game but when there is more than one of you, you need to make a plan. The lyrics are really geared to the younger audience but the tune is enjoyable for anyone.
Runtime: 35 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98 Media: AUDIO



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