Looking for small musical gifts for children? Here are some stocking stuffers that will light up your holidays.
• Sing ’n’ Sign Holiday Time with Gaia delivers Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah celebrations on a bed of fine arrangements and crystal clear vocals – accompanied by engaging sign language. A fine mixture of traditional favorites and originals and an informative liner note packet round this gift out.
Sing ’n’ Sign Holiday Time with Gaia, Kimbo Educational; $14.95 CD; 847-604-1870, www.kidsignclub.com.
• If you prefer a more down-home take on traditional Christmas songs, authentic instruments and a simpler motif, then A Folk Song Christmas with Phil Rosenthal and friends is your cup of spiced cider.
A Folk Song Christmas, American Melody; $13.50 CD; 800-220-5557, www.americanmelody.com.
• "Light is a funny thing; it’s around us all the time, but we only see it when it’s dark … " So says a master storyteller on Lights & Laughter: Joel Ben Izzy Spins Hannukah Tales. There’s lots to like – humor and music (a great big nod to the kings of klezmer), and illuminating commentary about Hannukah.
Lights & Laughter: Joel Ben Izzy Spins Hannukah Tales, Old City Press; $17 CD, $12 cass.; 866-BEN-IZZY, www.storypage.com.
• The Nutcracker Music Game, an interactive musical CD-ROM game, will be a terrific addition to your holiday ritual. In addition to the timeless tale and its music, this CD-ROM features nine games, fun historical trivia, an animated encyclopedia of musical instruments and much more in a merry mix.
The Nutcracker Music Game, Music Games International; Windows; $19.95; 617-868-8026, www.kidsmusicstage.com; ages 4 and up.
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From United Parenting Publications, December 2002