Can you hear me?

Ages: 8 - 12Producer: Teaching Empathy Institute Artist: David Levine


The avuncular voice of David Levine guides the carefully chosen collection of eight songs that set the tone and the stage for conversations about empathy. Levine, Director for the Teaching Empathy Institute in Stone Ridge, New York, knows of what he sings.

The folk music styled folio takes listeners on a path to understanding the importance of acceptance, love and trusted relationships. Together, these ballads are a Table of Contents to the makings of strong character. The excellent liner notes, as well as the explanation of the order in which the songs are presented, give the audience valuable material.

Coproducer Dean Jones adds his considerable vocal and musical talent to the album. The importance of being listened to (Can You Hear Me?), a thank you to a teacher (Mrs. Lopez, I’ll Never forget You), and the impact of ridicule (Howard Gray). The timeless “This Little Light of Mine,” is the closing crown jewel.

The more one listens, the more one will hear.

Claire Green ©2019 Parents’ Choice

As president of Parents’ Choice Foundation, Claire applauds toys and media that unleash children’s interests and celebrate the fun of learning.

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