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Mommy & Me and Hap Make Three!

For making parent-child interaction fun, Mommy & Me has set the pace for 30 years through 350,000 weekly classes and playgroups. A pair of new CD releases, Playgroup Favorites and More Playgroup Favorites, include 17 traditional and original participatory songs each.

Broken into categories – from warm-up to wind-down – the songs are fun, tried-and-true inspirations for parent-child playtime. The arrangements and performances are classy and engaging.

Mommy & Me Playgroup Favorites and More Playgroup Favorites, Concord Records, $9.98 CD; www.mommyandme.com.

Thirty years ago, Hap Palmer also began his illustrious career that now spans 20 recordings. The latest from this talented edu-tainer, Two Little Sounds: Fun with Phonics and Numbers, neatly presents important pre-reading and math concepts through rhymes and stories. As always, Palmer’s production values are spot-on and children learn the value and identity of real instruments and sounds. The 41-page insert booklet full of activities is an absolute goldmine for parents and educators alike.

Two Little Sounds: Fun with Phonics and Numbers, Hap-Pal Music, $14 CD, $10 cassette; 818-885-0200, www.happalmer.com.

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From United Parenting Publications, March 2004.

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