Fun Finds for November 2009
Best of the Bowl: Ingles y Español Hot Peas ‘N Butter
New York City band Hot Peas ‘N Butter offers up vibrant Latin American pop with jazzy rhythms, kid choirs, and some cleverly spare arrangements. Features English and Spanish lyrics in almost every song. Red Distribution, $16. Ages 2 and up.
Putumayo Presents: Brazilian Café
This captivating collection draws on classic bossa nova with airy, light acoustic guitars, subtle drums, and memorable melodies. Includes multilingual liner notes and a scrumptious dessert recipe. Putumayo, $16. Ages 5 and up.
The Scrambled States of America
Kansas gets bored . . . so the states have a party and change places. Chaos ensues! Talented narrators lend each state its own personality, and the implicit geography lessons are a blast in this audiobook (paper book included). Macmillan Audio, $10. Ages 4 to 9.
Field Trips with Recess Monkey
Recess Monkey is at it again, doing zany music videos that cover songs about fort-building, marshmallow farms, and more, all from their recent Field Trip audio CD. 90 minutes. Monkey Mama, $20. Ages 5 and up.
Bedtime with Elmo
Over on Sesame Street, even Elmo gets restless when it’s time to hit the hay. Thankfully, the whole neighborhood is on hand to help him fall asleep with songs, animation, and more. Genius Entertainment, $15. Ages 3 to 5.
TinkerBell and the Lost Treasure
Something is stirring in the town of Pixie Hollow. As the locals prepare for a grandiose autumn festival, TinkerBell learns that friendship is as critical as stockpiling pixie dust in this cheery animated movie. Disney, $30. Ages 10 and up.
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