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Big Stories for Little Ones

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Rain For Roots is a collective of songwriters, young mothers and friends who came together around a single vision to make new scripture songs for children. Inspired by traditional folk melodies, this band of four set out to make new, timeless songs about the old gospel Story. This album, Big Stories for Little Ones, is based on the poems of best-selling children's author, Sally Lloyd-Jones.

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Rain for Roots is four young musicians from the Nashville area who all have their own successful careers as singer-songwriters and are also mothers of young children. Sandra McCracken, Katy Bowser, Ellie Holcomb, and Flo Paris have joined together to create a wonderful album of songs that speak the truth of God's Word to children. Aside from the delightful music on this album no surprise, given the quality of the artists involved the lyrics are both simple and theologically strong. Each of the songs places the focus clearly on God's work and not what biblical heroes did or how we ought to behave. It was God who took care of baby Moses, God who helped David fight the giant, and God who will help a little child like you. Although this album is aimed at children it is not childish. The melodies are strong, but not complex, and the arrangements are simple enough to help us attend to the lyrics. This is a great example of how to make a high-quality album for children. --Robert J. Keeley, The Banner

I am so excited to listen to Rain for Roots with my grandchildren! The quality of art I set before them really matters to me, and this is music of the highest quality--lyrics that beautifully tell the stories of the truest truths of the universe, and wonderfully strong, memorable, gorgeously sung and produced melodies. I am a huge fan of the Rain For Roots women and grateful for their collaboration in creating this excellent, artful, tender, and joy-filled music. --Andi Ashworth, Editor-in-Chief, Art House America blog

Like the Jesus Storybook Bible, this record keeps the spotlight on God through each narrative. Sweetly sung and played, this exploration of who God is a priceless beginning to a lifelong question. --Sara Groves

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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  1. God Makes Everything (feat. Sandra McCracken) 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. God Rescues Noah from the Storm (feat. Flo Paris) 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. God Helps Baby Moses (feat. Katy Bowser) 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Little David Beats Goliath (feat. Ellie Holcomb) 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. God Saves Daniel (feat. Flo Paris) 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Jesus Is Born (feat. Flo Paris) 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Jesus Loves Zacchaeus (feat. Sandra McCracken) 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Jesus Stops a Storm (feat. Sandra McCracken) 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Jesus Is Alive (feat. Ellie Holcomb) 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Jesus Loves Little Children (feat. Katy Bowser) 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 21, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rain for Roots
  • ASIN: B008P0B920
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Keith R. Clark on August 21, 2012
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I'm thankful to have discovered another incredibly good album for kids, Rain for Roots: Big Stories for Little Ones. The album is a result of a perfect match, the literary talent of Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of the widely acclaimed The Jesus Storybook Bible Deluxe Edition, paired with the musical talent of four gifted singer-songwriters (Sandra McCracken, Ellie Holcomb, Flo Paris, and Katy Bowser). The lyrics, which come from Lloyd-Jones's Baby's Hug-a-Bible, have been set to simple folk melodies that are relatively simple so that they can be picked up easily by young children, however they avoid the dangers of being overly simplistic or repetitious. And while the melodies are simple, they are fleshed out beautifully, and in diverse ways (varied tempos, different instrumentation, etc.), by these outstanding singer-songwriters and other talented musicians, including some of their husbands. On a few songs, some of the singers' children sing along, offering a subtle encouragement to little listeners to sing along as well. They've also included in the lyric booklet (with the physical CD) guitar chords and tunings for the songs, so that children or families could enjoy playing and singing them together. Perhaps most importantly, these songs do a great job of instilling in children the basic notion that God loves and cares for them individually, while reminding them God's love is for all creation. The manner in which the album has been made by a community of believers (who fittingly conclude the album with an a cappella rendition of "Doxology" by the contributors and their families) rather than an isolated individual implicitly reinforces this communal ideal. This is a great album we'll enjoy with our son for years to come!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grithenn on March 25, 2013
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I had read on a previous review that a lyrics booklet was included when buying the CD, but it's not anymore. Instead you would have to download the PDF online. So, I would recommend you buy the MP3 that is cheaper.
Otherwise great product!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NickyNash1 on August 21, 2012
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This is a great album, we keep it in the car stereo and it calms my kids when they are getting crazy. Songs get stuck in my head for days tho!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. T. Kleven on January 1, 2013
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When I saw this record come out earlier last year, I listened to a few of the sample clips and for some reason didn't particularly care for it. I passed. Then while trying to think of a good gift idea for our 2 1/2 year old, I thought of it and decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did! Half of the songs testify explicitly of the Lord Jesus Christ in simple language and to simple melodies that my daughter can grasp. "His name is Jesus, Lord of all, and He will answer when you call." - is playing right now while I type this.

The music is laid back, folk instrumentation - acoustic guitars, a tamborine, banjo, piano. The songwriting is superb, and I find myself singing along because I like it. We've had kid's tapes in the car that I dread to play when my daughter asks for them, the tunes are annoying, even though the words are good. This CD blends the best of both - excellent God glorifying, Christ exalting lyrics that a child can grasp set to excellent music. I highly recommend it. We love it!

And as usual, amazon mp3 is the best price anywhere, better than itunes, though you might consider supporting the artists directly for a few more dollars, and purchasing from their website :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bethany on November 17, 2014
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On one hand, this CD is great. If I had Baby's Hug-a-Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones, I might like it more. Each song corresponds to a story from her book. As it is, the songs feel rather "formulaic" after a while, because almost every song lyric is a question (like "Who kept Noah safe from harm?"), the answer to which is God.

On the other hand, I really love the song about baby Moses. "Who saved a baby in a boat? Who kept the baby's boat afloat? Who loved the baby in the reeds? Who knows just what a baby needs?"

See what I mean about the questions?
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Extremely pleased with this album! Easy lyrics, upbeat and fun melodies and sweet sounding vocals. I wanted to find Christian music that I can play for my baby whenever he's awake. I didn't like most of the usual Christian Kids songs because they were too noisy and sometimes the children's vocals annoyed me. This was perfect! Folksy and cute!

My baby also enjoys me singing the songs to him because they're interactive ("Who made the birds? Who made the bees? God!") and he laughs a lot when I sing together with the music.

Really love this album, hope they would make more. I heard a preview of the other Rain for Roots album but didn't like it as much so I didn't buy it. This one is so much better for me!
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Our daughter-in-law wanted this for her second son. She said it was less something different and she really liked the folksy music. I listened before I bought it just to get an idea. While it is different I found a couple others I liked better. But since she loved this we got it of course!!!!! And our little grandson will love it too!
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These ladies are clearly musicians AND moms. The album is full of great music with lyrics written by Sally Lloyd-Jones of the Jesus Storybook Bible. I often find myself listening to it even when the kids are napping :)
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