March 1, 2012

Classic Nursery Rhymes

Classic Nursery Rhymes
Sung by Susie Tallman and Friends
0-4, Preschool, Early Primary
Rock Me Baby Records $11.95
Audio CD

With Classic Nursery Rhymes (winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award), Susie Tallman once again shows her dedication to making music for children that is dynamic, educational and joyfully fun. Each of the thirty seven tracks on the album is a different nursery rhyme. Some are old favorites imbued with new life as in the rap version of "Hickory Dickory Dock" or "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" done in a surprisingly authentic jazz-style. Other, lesser-known nursery rhymes, such as "Going to St. Ives" and "Lavender's Blue" are introduced with simple arrangements, a sensitive choice that allows Tallman's lovely vocals to stand on their own. Studies have shown that songs and nursery rhymes have a marked impact on a child's phonological awareness and, consequently, on her reading readiness and academic performance later in life. While listening to a CD cannot replace reading with a parent or loved one, Tallman's Classic Nursery Rhymes is a wonderful supplement. With content that is stylish enough to appeal to parents and silly enough to reel kids in, this is an incredibly well-balanced offering that cannot help but make nursery rhymes appeal to even the most distracted preschooler.

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