Parents' Choice Gold Award
2018


Can A Cherry Pie Wave Goodbye?
Songs for Learning Through Music and Movement
Hap Palmer, Hap-Pal Music CD HP1103E
Ages 3-7

Deeply respected children's music artist/educator and rhythm master Hap Palmer has given his 1993 album (winner of the American Library Association's "Best of the Best for Children") a considerable update here. Among the new songs on this expertly conceived educational album of "Songs for Learning Through Music and Movement" are "Words We Most Often Use," a prosaic title for a jaunty resource for beginning readers; and "A Tree Fell Down," an engaging guide to prepositions. It asks children to imagine ways to get past a fallen tree ("over, "under," "around"), with sprightly banjo and harmonica accompaniment, and musical sound effects. Other songs teach number recognition, colors, opposites, and grammar. To reach a wider age range, the Palmer has included "basic" versions of some tracks for his youngest listeners. Palmer's clear and comprehensive teacher guide at his website gives song lyrics and identifies activities with variations, objectives, follow-up suggestions and more.

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