CD's, Cassettes, Videos and DVD's for the Younger Set
Scott Ferguson and Rachael Mercer
November 1, 2002
are several resources for inquisitive merchandisers and retailers
to use in determining quality and popularity of children’s
music, beginning with childrensmusicweb.com. From here, retailers
will find resources that include reviews from Parents Council, as
well as other recommendations and sales charts.
children are generally receptive to a great variety of music, educational
quality is often a key factor in purchasing decisions. These products
expose children to music while also teaching motor skills as well
as important values like social skills, environmental preservation
and faith traditions.
addition to the ever-popular offerings from giants like Disney and
Sesame Street and individual favorites Raffi and Hap Palmer, there
are several excellent new musical titles from relative new comers
to this category headed for the shelves this season.
Safari features the four Wiggles, along with Steve and Terri
Irwin (Australia Zoo). The Crocodile Hunter and his wife teach children
with commentary during musical selections. For example, this CD teaches
children about habitats and food habits in songs like "Dingo
Tango," "Old Man Emu," and "Koala LaLa."
Wiggly Safari, a 55-minute DVD, features 16 songs and is
produced by Lyrick Studios.
Jonah: A Veggie Tale Movie
A VeggieTales Movie CD soundtrack features popular Christian
artists along with easy-to-learn music from the VeggieTales characters.
With songs like “Jonah Meets the Whale”, children are
taught Biblical stories via tracks by The Newsboys, Anointed and
Chris Rice. Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie also has an accompanying
sing-along video for children. Big Idea Productions
produces the VeggieTales line of products.
Robot: Songs For Young Families is the second album for
children by writer/musician Karl Williams. Songs like "We've
Got A New Baby At Our House," and "I'm Walking,"
can encourage first words, first steps, first music making. There's
a learn-to-tie-your-shoes song, two Christmas songs - even a song
to help a little one learn to recognize "That Little Feeling
in My Tummy" - before it's too late. Williams' first CD for
kids, Big Fish Little Fish, was included in the curriculum of the
Roots & Shoots Program of the Jane Goodall Institute. From Greene
Latin Playground from Putumayo
the Latin market and all families who enjoy the delights of World
Music, Putumayo presents Latin Playground,
a wonderful way to celebrate the richness of Latin American music.
The songs are presented in a fun and accessible format and feature
some of Latin America’s most respected performers, appealing
to a wide variety of listeners, from toddlers to grown-ups. The
liner notes and song lyrics appear in Spanish and English, with
international pressings featuring inserts with notes in French,
German and Italian (Cont.).
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