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Animal Playground

Putumayo PresentsAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. The label grew out of Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Dan to launch Putumayo World Music and establish a non-traditional sales division. Putumayo World Music has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic ... Read more in Amazon's Putumayo Presents Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 22, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,042 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Animal Crackers - Wee Hairy Beasties
2. No More Monkeys - Asheba
3. Nella Vecchia Fattoria - Quartetto Cetra
4. Aves - Guillermo Anderson
5. The Littlest Birds - The Be Good Tanyas
6. The Three Bears - Gary Rosen
7. Cantiga do Sapo - Ze Renato
8. L'Otorhinoceros - Les P'tits Loups du Jazz
9. Bigi Kaiman - Samba Salad
10. Don't Ever Step on a Snake - Don Spencer
11. Eagles - Terri Hendrix
12. If a Dinosaur Was My Friend - Phil Melancon
13. Mbube - Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Editorial Reviews

Putumayo's Playground series consistently lives up to its name by sending far-flung cultures out to recess, freeing them to reveal their musical fun sides. The metaphor ends there, but the parallel to actual playgrounds doesn't: as any parent who's felt forlorn at times knows, nothing nullifies a dreary afternoon funk more effectively than a trip to the neighborhood playground. So it goes with the series. Animal Playground, the latest to swing, slide, and see-saw its way into agile imaginations of all ages, is a fine-tuned creature feature as playful as a giant-pawed puppy. Even if you don't know what forro is (North Brazilian dance music), or that "Cantigo do Sapo" has something to do with a little singing frog, you'll want to shake a tail feather in time to the beat; that holds for Quartetto Cetra's right-on Italian reworking of "Old McDonald," "Nella Vecchia Farroria." No disrespect to the other exotic offerings here ("Aves," from Honduras, for example), but the English-language songs are most winning of all: Canada's the Be Good Tanyas captivate with "The Littlest Birds," and you can't help but a love a man who cries crocodile tears from his puppy dog eyes, in this case Jon Langford who, when he's not a Wee Hairy Beastie belting out "Animal Crackers," leads the excellent punk/folk band the Mekons. --Tammy La Gorce

Product Description

Take a walk on the wild side with this global musical journey into the animal kingdom. This enhanced CD features fun songs about animals from all over the world and Putumayo's first ever children's music video for Asheba's 'No More Monkeys' filmed in Trinidad. Also features Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Be Good Tanyas, Samba Salad, Gary Rosen and many more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and different kids' music September 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD for my 6 month old daughter. I was a bit tired of the traditional kids' music. She giggles at the songs and bounces and taps her feet to the music. Tons of fun for babies and kids as well as music that adults can tolerate. I would buy the CD for the Ladysmith Black Mambazo song "Mbube" (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) alone. I highly recommend this one!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The latest in the award-winning Playground music CD series, Animal Playground: Playful Music Tracks from Around the World is an album offering a multilingual collection of animal-themed songs from around the world. Filled with hootin', hollerin', family-friendly musical fun, the songs are by a wide variety of artists and include call-and-response music, folklore from around the globe, and energizing beats young people will want to jump, hop, and sing to. The tracks are Animal Crackers, No More Monkeys, Nella Vecchia Fattoria, Aves, The Littlest Birds, The Three Bears, Cantiga do Sapo, L'Otorhinoceros, Bigi Kaiman, Don't Ever Step on a Snake, Eagles, If a Dinosaur Was My Friend, and Mbube. Drawing on musical traditions from nations as diverse as Trinidad, France, Netherlands, Brazil, South Africa, and much more, Animal Playground is sure to delight young animal lovers and is the perfect souvenir of a trip to the zoo.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Kids August 7, 2008
By Barbara
Format:Audio CD
We LOVE this album (yep, even my husband and me)!!! The songs are fun, engaging, and a joy to listen to. Definately our favorite kid's cd!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only needed one song--was worth the whole CD January 5, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this CD at a Barnes & Noble or something several years ago. I lost it, and it's not available on iTunes. The Asheba track (No More Monkeys) is the only song I was interested in buying, but I love it so much it's worth buying the whole CD over again! The other tracks are okay but not many are in English which makes singing along a little tough. I really only needed the Asheba song and this was the only way to get it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our favorite cd for our 9-month old January 4, 2011
By AmyR
Format:Audio CD
I purchased several copies of this cd at Costco (sorry Amazon) while pregnant one year ago. I gave two cd's to my nephews and saved the third cd for our baby due March 2010. I had not heard any of the music on the cd prior to my purchase, but had high hopes since I already owned several of the Putomayo music cd's for adults (from Amazon :). I am SO glad that I hung on to that third cd for our future baby because ever since the first time that we listened to the cd while building our baby's crib, my husband and I were completely hooked from the very first song. Our baby is now 9 months old and clearly recognizes all of the songs because he claps and smiles whenever we turn on this music. There is only one warning and that is that pretty much all the songs on the cd are addictive and you'll find yourselves singing them to yourself often. (Our nephews love the cd too.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars good for the kids February 25, 2014
By mjs
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
what do you expect? its good enough for the kids and fun to listen to in the car. enjoy with the family!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Animal Playground December 29, 2013
By Jude
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Purchased this for My Grandson who is 6. He loves all sorts of music. It was his thing and he loves it! But he is also into geography and where this is and that is and what music is from that area. He is always playing different music. His brother don't necessarily like all his music, but It was his gift and he loves it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD for kids and parents August 15, 2013
By brooke
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This cd is a good mix of songs from different languages. It's one of my daughter's favorites, and a nice addition to the usual fare of nursery rhymes. I look forward to getting more Putumayo Kids Presents cds.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good quality. good service.
Published 2 days ago by Helen
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Did not care for.
Published 7 days ago by lady
2.0 out of 5 stars some songs were adult based contents.
Perfect song for my daughter but a few songs were questionable as to content and lyrics. I don't think she will be listening to it after she turns 3.
Published 11 months ago by kim hooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Music
Just what you'd expect from children's music with a quality that adults can enjoy as well. My son likes dancing with this collection.
Published 13 months ago by ABC & G Mama
5.0 out of 5 stars Our son loves this CD!
Our 6 year old loves these Playground series. Easy to sing along with and catchy. Good to keep in the car and home.
Published 17 months ago by Anynamewildo
3.0 out of 5 stars Different languages = Hard to sing-along
There are several different languages on this album that make it hard to sing along in the car. Also, the kid prefers a strong beat and these are all more mellow. Read more
Published 17 months ago by jamaicanbcrazy
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a Fun CD
Our kids LOVE this CD. Whenever we turn it on they start to wiggle and jiggle! We have even discovered some new children's artists through another expertly arranged Putumayo... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ramie Has
5.0 out of 5 stars One of our favorites
We love love love this CD. We have quite a few other Putamayo cd's, and this is definitely one of our favorites. Picnic playground is great as well. Read more
Published 23 months ago by capemom
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality music can be fun.
Putomayo puts out some great products. This CD is no exception. My 5 yr old has learned every song (so have I) and we have so much fun singing along in the car. Read more
Published on January 15, 2012 by Aurorasmom
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