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French Playground [CD]

Putumayo PresentsAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 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 (October 4, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • ASIN: B000B5UNH4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,678 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chatouiller Le Ciel Avec Toi - Alain Schneider
2. Lutece - Don Pedro Et Ses Dromadaires
3. Wonderful - Pascal Parisot
4. Clic-Clac Oh C'est Beau! - Dominique Dimey
5. Bonjour, Bonjour - L'Autobus A Vapeur
6. Monsieur Bibendum - Tryo
7. L'ile Maurice - Triton
8. Le Matin En Patins - Ariane Moffatt
9. Petit Francais - Polo
10. Sensation (Bidi Bom Bom) - Lole-Lolay
11. Croque - Thomas Fersen
12. La P'tite Monnaie - benabar & Associes

Editorial Reviews

What a welcome change this collection is! Completely free of the arch, cloying ickiness that sometimes informs even the most well-intentioned kids' music offerings, these tunes may well help create a vanguard of pint-sized, sophisticated (in the best sense of the word!) world citizens. While not all of the selections were originally composed with this market in mind, the music is nonetheless delightfully child-appropriate in content, rhythmic bounciness and melodic saturation. The producers have rightly assumed that youngsters are small but sentient beings whose developing tastes and interests need to be engaged and encouraged. The styles employed evoke a nostalgic yet ultra-contemporary enfant boulevardier's world of cafés, bicyclettes with bells, bals musette and le jazz hot, so that parents will also be charmed and not find themselves left out of the experience, or worse, rolling their eyes and diving for cover. The songs not only reflect daily life as encountered by children living in France but accurately portray that nation's modern cultural melting pot -- where immigrants and visitors from Africa, the Caribbean and North America, regardless of encroaching ultra-right isolationism, have indelibly graced the national consciousness with their own traditions and dialects. --Christina Roden

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazzy CD will catch your ear right from the start! November 2, 2005
By Melanie
Format:Audio CD
Right from the start, this jazzy cd catches the ear of kids and adults

alike. Whistles and bird chirps get your attention before the music

even starts. There are no sappy voices or computerized instrumentals

present on so many kids' CDs. Putumayo obviously put as much

production value into their children's CDs as they do their adult

offerings. French speakers and non-French speakers alike will be singing or

humming along quickly.

Pascal Parisot's cut "Wonderful" mixes French and English in a

techno-pop tune that everyone in our house loves to sing and

dance to. The voices have been synthesized to match the instrumentals

in a very cool way. There are tunes that give a nod to the French

greats--"Clic-Clac Oh C'est Beau" has hints of Edith Piaf. But France

is far from the only country where French is spoken and the songs on

the CD come from around the French-speaking world including Haiti,

Mauritius, and Montreal.

The CD comes with a thoughtfully written booklet which includes an

introduction and credits along with a paragraph about each song written

in both French and English with kids in mind. Each song's lyrics are

also printed in both French and English.--Amy O'Neill Houck
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! February 8, 2009
By mona
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a fantastic collection of cool songs that are entirely enjoyable for all age groups! The CD is currently on repeat in my stereo's CD changer because I happen to love it so much. My son is only 4 months old, but he appears to like the melodies and he enjoys my enthusiasm as I sing along, dance and make faces for him.

To address the negative review, I think that's just a misunderstanding. Take "Mr. Bibendum" for example. It's a song about a guy who is big because he enjoys fine food (not McDonald's junk) and who has stopped letting society tell him how he should feel about his body- his wife likes him and that's all that matters! I found that to be a surprisingly positive message from a song coming out of France where, let's face it, anybody who's lived there can tell you they can be less than diplomatic about things like weight and appearance.

As for "Wonderful," it's a song about a guy who doesn't want to melt into the background, who wants to make something of his life whether "in sports or business," and who wants to be extraordinary so that people will take notice of him. What's wrong with that? Again, I think this is a misunderstanding- especially since the English translation differs very subtly in feeling from the original French.

Other songs have wonderful messages like environmental conservation, family togetherness, finding happiness in small things and appreciation of nature.

This is a CD full of such cute songs- some playful, some touching, all very catchy. You will definitely find yourself singing along!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously fun for kids and grownups March 21, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is a great collection of original, contemporary songs in French from many parts of the world. I think it's the best Putumayo CD ever. People seem to enjoy it no matter their level of French! The music & lyrics are alive, relevant, full of interesting images, textures, voices. The songs have a way of introducing people, points of view, places, sort of like you're going around the world meeting interesting people everywhere you go, hearing their stories.

Kids under the "age of reason" will just like listening and probably want to know the gist of each song. Meanwhile the parents will enjoy the miracle of music that appeals to them as much as to their kids. There's something for every age and if understanding the lyrics makes older kids think a little, then FANTASTIC.

If you are looking for wonderful REAL French music with world flavor, this is it. If you are looking for plastic tunes that feed your kids a sanitized list of vocabulary, nope, this is not it. There is nothing I find offensive in here, but there is funny, real, tongue-in-cheek stuff, descriptive of our world and of real people.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sympa! November 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A mon avis, c'est une excellente collection. Catchier, more upbeat and more consistently appealing than other Putumayo French music collections, in my opinion. I pop it in and can't help but sing along. I teach French (KG-6th grades) and my students enjoy it too. The lyrics are clever. I don't know what that one reviewer was talking about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! March 13, 2012
Format:Audio CD
What a relief! Putumayo comes to the rescue! I've only had 2 years of French, but I wanted to introduce the language to my 2 & 5 year olds. I wanted to find something that would be fun and interesting, but where I could pick out words and tell my kids what they meant if they asked. I couldn't believe how frustrating it was to find the quality I was looking for until now. In this CD, Putumayo Kids has put together a fun, sophisticated collection of songs that are enjoyable to listen to. The lyrics are child appropriate without being dumbed down and the music isn't annoying like many child albums can be. In other words, it's child AND parent friendly. There is a good variety of styles and artists presented too.

One thing that I loved about this album, was that they didn't just include French songs from France, but from other French-speaking places as well, like a Creole-speaking island off the coast of Africa, Quebec, and Haiti, proving that French is not an isolated language! The CD comes with a booklet with all the lyrics in English and French.

This is a fantastic album and I really recommend you give it a try!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
We do not speak French but my kids and I both enjoy listening to French Playground. We spend a lot of time in the car and this CD has not gotten on my nerves yet! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shawn C Cutter
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Playful & Fun!
Very nice! I use this at some of my art shows. The crowd is attracted to the playfulness of the tracks. It is all in FRENCH. So just know this when you purchase it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars I love music
I'm a nanny and heard this CD in a toy store. I bought it for my employers, for myself and for my friend. It's ageless. Thanks
Published 9 months ago by Ellen Stein
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tunes, our 5 year old loves it
Daughter is into all things French, and has a great time dancing to this and pretending to speak French while singing along.
Published 12 months ago by D. Brent Harsh
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Nice fun music. Was hoping for something that would be a little easier to understand, a little simpler as I'm trying to introduce my preschooler to French (and I'm very rusty).
Published 15 months ago by BellaGood
4.0 out of 5 stars Tuneful, With Accessible Lyrics for English Speakers
Yes! A very helpful feature with this CD is a fine set of liner notes, including English translations of the lyrics for each song. Read more
Published 16 months ago by James Ellsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little CD
My son and I both love it. He is 19 months old and his father is studying French at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. (Army). Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amy Morton
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to it every day.
My son, who is now six months old and can get a little fussy with teething, has been listening to this CD practically daily for months now, and he still will stop whatever he is... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jenni
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
every track makes you want to sing and dance. great selection of song with diverse backgrounds. the kids love it same for us, the parents.
Published 22 months ago by Richard Drown
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy and interesting lyrics
My children are growing up tri-lingual (French comes from me)so my purpose was as much for education as for entertainment. Read more
Published on July 21, 2012 by Amaldas
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