Can A Cherry Pie Wave Goodbye?
Deeply respected children’s music artist/educator and rhythm master Hap Palmer has given his 1993 album (winner of the American Library Association’s “Best of the Best for Children”) a considerable update here. Among the new songs on this expertly conceived educational album of “Songs for Learning Through Music and Movement” are “Words We Most Often Use,” a prosaic title for a jaunty resource for beginning readers; and “A Tree Fell Down,” an engaging guide to prepositions. It asks children to imagine ways to get past a fallen tree (“over, “under,” “around”), with sprightly banjo and harmonica accompaniment, and musical sound effects. Other songs teach number recognition, colors, opposites, and grammar. To reach a wider age range, the Palmer has included “basic” versions of some tracks for his youngest listeners. Palmer’s clear and comprehensive teacher guide at his website gives song lyrics and identifies activities with variations, objectives, follow-up suggestions and more.
Lynne Heffley ©2018 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.