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Smithsonian Folkways Children's Music Collection

Smithsonian Folkways Childr Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 17, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • ASIN: B000001DOB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,841 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Riding In My Car (Car Song) - Woody Guthrie
2. Mary Mack - Ella Jenkins
3. All Around The Kitchen - Pete Seeger
4. Ha-Ha This-A-Way - Lead Belly
5. Merrily We Roll Along - Lord Invader With The Calypso Orchestra
6. Miwoe Nenyo - W.K. Amoaku
7. Pole Pole - Ella Jenkins
8. 'Dreams'/'Youth' - Langston Hughes
9. Why, Oh Why - Woody Guthrie
10. I Had A Rooster - Pete Seeger
11. 'Oksn' - Ruth Rubin
12. Sur Le Pont D' Avignon - Alan Mills
13. Benjamin Franklin (Jump Rope Rhyme) - Illinois School Children
14. Los Pollitos/The Chicks - Suni Paz
15. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star - Ella Jenkins
16. ABC's - Ella Jenkins
17. Animal Alphabet Song - Alan Mills
18. Whoopie Ti Yi Yo - Cisco Houston
19. A La Vibora De La Mar/Serpent Of The Sea - Mexican Children
20. Wolf Song/Turtle Song - Irene Poolaw
See all 26 tracks on this disc

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real intruments and voices appeal to my baby! June 6, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This record is the first one my baby girl responded to. I am a musician and have played her everything from Schubert to The Beatles to Billie Holiday and she loves THIS cd. I think it's because, unlike so many children's records, it has lots of different natural sounds: clapping, singing, click-clack etc. all made my the human voice rather than a sythesiser. These are sounds from the real world not the loud, in-your-face toysrus nightmare. I also love the fact that the songs come from many different countries. Plus, I can sing along and actually enjoy it!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Children's Album Ever!!! April 30, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD is fantastic! It has a variety of children's songs: American Folk, West Indian, African, French, Jewish and Spanish. It includes some classics like 'Twinkle, Twinkly', 'Skip to my Lou', 'Mary Mack' which are all done in a fun folksie style. Many of the songs will have you dancing 'All Around the kitchen' and making animal sounds. I like the variety of styles with the folk tradition. I feel that I am exposing my daughter to something educational and fun which I can also enjoy. In fact, I have already listened to this cd 100 times, and I know I will not tire of it. I enjoy listening to it as much as my daughter! You certainly can't say that for most children's cds.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must-have CD for every American child! June 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a beautiful, varied collection of American folk music and poetry for children, that reflects the rich diversity of our shared culture. Not only will it introduce your baby, toddler or young child to American cultural heritage, but also to rhythm, melody, rhyme, language and fun with music. It will enrich the adults in the house too! Probably only a few of the songs will you recognize immediately, like Miss Mary Mack and Skip to My Lou--but you and your child will be familiar with and singing along with many of the other songs after hearing them only a few times.
Worth every penny.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your child will DIG this c.d., and you will, too!! January 26, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As the mother of an 18-month year old, I'm new to children's music, but I can tell you how repulsed I am by the artificial-sounding stuff that dominates the market. This C.D. is a direct contradiction to all that. Each tune has its own heart, soul, individuality, sing-a-bility, and personality. My daughter loves it, and I can't resist the urge to clap, sing, finger snap, and dance. It pays great respect to our American folk heritage by including the works of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. Also included are some blues, some Africn rhythm, some Canadian folk, some poetry, and more. The words are included, along with a brief history for each piece, making it educational for all. Haven't you always wanted to know the words to "Whoopie Ti Yi Yo Get Along Little Doggy?" Now's your chance. You must buy this. It's extraordinary.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best children's CD October 11, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is my toddler's absolute favorite CD. It's also my favorite of all his music. Like other reviewers have said, it is not the phony, annoying music that is typically directed at kids. It is diverse, genuine, and not condescending. A must have, in my opinion.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle lull to sleep March 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This collection does run hot and cold, I agree. There are a lot of songs about toiling in coal mines, too. But these gentle old fashioned songs are great for settling my boy to sleep. The first few are fun to sing together ("Let's go riding in the car", "All around the kitchen" (cock a-doodle oodle oo!)) then they calm down and it works perfectly for nodding off. I also appreciate that my son is getting some exposure to these American classics. Recommended, at least as a change of pace from those migraine-inducing "kid's Bop" CDs.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classics that need to be heard June 3, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Obviously pre-school doesn't always account for "real" musicians or officinados, however, these songs are classics and need to be heard by children for historical, musical,and singable reasons. Timeless and catchy my 9-year old daughter thrives on classical folk and Smithsonian gives a well-rounded selection. A good deal!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine music to enjoy and grow with September 28, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite of all my kid's CDs. The variety of the music is astonishing, but all the pieces share an originality and artistry that is entirely genuine and joyful. My son has loved this for years, as have I.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful collection
Beautiful collection.
Published 1 month ago by Christine E. Stoner
5.0 out of 5 stars Folk Music for all
What a fun way to expand your definition of music!!! This is fun for grownups and kids. Sing along! discuss the political climate at the time the music was recorded. Read more
Published 2 months ago by BOOKWOMAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting folk music for kids
I ordered this for my granddaughter. We played it in the car and enjoyed the light-hearted tunes, though some were a bit long and more for the folk music historian. Read more
Published 4 months ago by jo johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best selection of folk songs for children.
Timeless music for children. My children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have all loved these folk songs. Wonderful musicians and songs for young children.
Published 9 months ago by Ella Nicklas
3.0 out of 5 stars Not our favorite
My grandkids don't really like this CD as much as the others we have bought in the past. We play it occasionally in the car and they often ask me to change it to another CD. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
The cd will be helpful as I work with students in schools. It came quickly and everything was as I expected.
Published 10 months ago by Tag-along
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome.
Not exactly my little one's cup of tea but certainly something I enjoy listening to. Eclectic collection of tunes and artists.
Published 11 months ago by Tee Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Special recording
So special. All children should be given this at birth . The junk kids are subjected to today is sinful.
Published 12 months ago by Gayle Schulz
5.0 out of 5 stars Really nice collection
Contains a great selection of titles that are both classic as well as uniquely interpreted. We are very happy with this purchase.
Published 13 months ago by Moira K. McKenna
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, real music
Tired of the ABC's and Itsy Bitsy Spider? Get your kids listening to real music. These songs are fun and easy to learn and sing along. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Denise L. Ferreira
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