By John Wood
Gold Award Winners
The Botanical Sessions Volume One - The Rootfriends Vacation, Various Artists, Dazsling Inc., 2005; $16 CD; www.rootfriends.com. Learn tree identification and botany to a rocking beat. (A related picture book is sold separately.)
Mello-D's Youth Under Construction, Mello-D, Harmony Garden Entertainment LLC, 2003; $12.95 CD; www.youngpop.com. Today's music wrapped in a universal message of love, hope and fulfillment of dreams. Nicely done.
Swing Around the World, Various Artists, Putumayo World Music, 2005; $15.98 CD; www.putumayo.com. This infectious, joyous world music will get the whole family up and dancing. Check it out!
The World's Very Best Opera for Kids … in English!, Various Artists, The Children's Group, 2003; $15.99 CD; www.childrensgroup.com. World-class talent performs these classic operas; a great tool for schools or just family listening.
Honors Award Winners
A Big Bowl of Musicroni, Steve Pullara & His Cool Beans Band; Cool Beans Music, Inc., 2005; $15.99 CD; www.coolbeansmusic.com. Pullara invites us all to a party to learn about the Italian-American culture. Laugh-out-loud songs and danceable arrangements will have you switching cultures pronto!
The Campfire Kev Show and Other Radio Favorites, Kevin
I Was A Supa-Dupa Pupa!, Lucas Miller; 2005; $14.95 CD; www.lucasmiller.net. Miller does funny takes on what used to be considered boring subject matter – but not anymore! He succeeds in educating with cool songs and a great sense of humor.
’Round the Campfire, Kathy Byers, KT Music Productions, Inc., 2004; $15.99 CD; www.kathybyers.com. You can almost smell those marshmallows on the stick. Byers’ charm and mellifluous voice lead us down the trail and round the campfire for some timeless sing-alongs.
Skipping Round the Moon, Susan Reed; 2005; $15 CD; www.susanreed.com. If learning math was this easy, I’d have learned ages ago. Reed is a fine musician and vocalist who will have you counting your good fortune that you found this CD.
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