Edu-taining Tunes
Hap Palmer has been recording exceptional children’s music for 30 years and has about 20 albums to his credit. Educators can celebrate a new tool for their toolboxes with Palmer’s latest release, One Little Sound: Fun with Phonics and Numbers, a collection of 12 upbeat, interactive songs featuring important pre-reading and math concepts in an engaging way. The musical force behind most of the popular Baby Songs videos, Palmer knows how to engage and involve his young audiences. The myriad musical arrangements are splendid with a high level of attention to instrumentation and detail. Whether “chunking” words into syllables with “Chickadee and Chipmunk” or learning vowels and the value of money with “Ayee I Owe You,” Palmer’s clever and sincere approach makes learning a pleasure.

One Little Sound: Fun With Phonics and Numbers, Hap Palmer; Hap-Pal Music Inc.; $14 CD, $10 cassette; 818-885-0200 or

Bunny Hull is a great singer and has worked with the likes of Quincy Jones, David Foster, Baby Face, Ricky Martin and Michael Jackson. She’s won a Grammy Award and has earned more than 20 gold and platinum albums. So what’s she going to do as a follow-up? Make a quality peace-provoking album for children, that’s what!

Peace In Our Land: Children Celebrating Diversity is chock-full of hummable, teachable tunes on peace and diversity. “I wrote Peace In Our Land because I know we can change the world only by changing ourselves,” Hull says. “It starts with us … it starts with the children.” Included with the album is a book featuring the artwork of U.S. Kwanzaa postal-stamp illustrator Synthia Saint James. This album’s heart is in the right place.

• Peace In Our Land: Children Celebrating Diversity, Bunny Hull; Kids Kreative Classics; $10.95 cassette & book; 323-932-0534 or

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From United Parenting Publications, 2002.

– John Wood