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•BOOKS•

  • Puff the Magic Dragonby Peter Yarrow (Author), Lenny Lipton (Author), Eric Puybaret (Illustrator). Wonderful book. Includes a CD, but I don't recommend the music on it.
  • This Land Is Your Landby Woody Guthrie (Author), Kathy Jakobsen (Illustrator). Beautiful illustrations. Amazingly detailed and accurate.
  • Baby Beluga, by Raffi (Author), Ashley Wolff (Illustrator). Children just LOVE this book. Simple and apt illustrations.
  • The Cat Came Back, by Bill Slavin (Adapter and Illustrator). Detailed illustrations tell this traditional song in a humorous and creative way. Most popular with children aged 3+. 
  • The Crabfishby John Feierabend (Adapter), Vincent Nguyen (Illustrator). Lively, colorful illustrations tell the story of this 600-year-old folk song in a humorous and clever way.
  • The Nutcracker, retold and illustrated by Susan Jeffers. The best (and perhaps only) faithful retelling of the ballet designed for preschoolers. Rich illustrations accompany simple text. 
  • Carnival of the Animalsby Jack Prelutsky (Author), Camille Saint-Saens (Composer), Mary GrandPre (Illustrator). A delightful adaptation of Saint-Saens' stimulating suite.
  • Peter and the Wolfby Vladimir Vagin (Adapter and Illustrator), Sergei Prokofiev (Composer). This is but one of many book adaptations of Prokofiev's well-known composition. The story is a delight for children of all ages, introducing them to the instruments of the orchestra through a captivating tale.
  • Over in the Meadow, John Feierabend and Marissa Napoletano. John Feierabend has spent decades compiling folk songs and games from the memories of multiple generations of Americans. This is a well-known classic tune of counting, animals, family, and rhyming, with beautiful, rich illustrations.
  • The CrabfishJohn Feierabend and Vincent Nguyen. This old songtale has its origins over 600 years ago in Italy, and has entertained people for generations. The illustrator has worked for DreamWorks, and the storytelling in this tale is top-notch.
  • Risseldy, RosseldyJohn Feierabend and Ashley Poulin. A lovely, repetitive little tale about married life.
  • There's a Hole in the BucketJohn Feierabend and Marissa Madonna. This cleverly-wrought, circular story is a wonderful tale of logic and problem-solving. Best performed with two people, really, but if singing solo, the book helps.
•INSTRUMENTS•

  • Drums #1 is a set of three small drums of increasing size.
  • Drums #2 is a set of five drums. The largest drums are large indeed.
  • Drums #3 is a large, loud gathering drum with a deep resonance.
  • Sticks #1, are small and light. One stick is smooth, the other grooved.
  • Sticks #2 are larger and denser. More expensive, but they make a much prettier sound, almost like that of real claves.
  • Xylophones have it all: letters, colors, and sizes. You can also remove individual bells!
  • Shakers are strong, durable, and colorful. I find this brand to be the best value: $21 gets you a dozen.
  • Scarves are machine-washable (cold cycle), visually stimulating, and great for dancing and pretend play.
  • Speaker is the UE Mini Boom, one of the best deals out there.


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