Zoom a Little Zoom: A Ride Through Science


What a smart, tuneful way to jump into the world of science. Children’s folk music icons Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer reintroduce 10 songs from Hy Zaret and Lou Singer’s 1961 album, “Ballads for the Age of Science” in catchy updates that impart real information about constellations, lightning, gravity, hibernation, and more, grabbing ears and minds with irresistible tunes, rhythms and conversational chat. In “Vibration,” Marxer adds her own demonstration of the mechanics of vibration using the strings of her guitar. “Snowflake, Snowflake,” with guest artist Justin Roberts, is a jaunty ukulele-bass-drum explanation of how snowflakes are formed. The band Riders in the Sky color “Why Does the Sun Shine?” with country-western fiddle fun; and storyteller/humorist Andy Offutt Irwin teaches how to make cricket sounds on “What Is an Insect? [A Cricket in a Thicket].” The CD includes PDF activity guides that correspond to each song, featuring lyrics, science facts, vocabulary, and experiments kids can do. (Pair this with Dan Crow’s notable, STEM-inspired album, “Concoctions,” to double the science-savvy fun.)

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.

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