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Calvin’s Birthday Bash: Day 5

slide2 editAt the moment, my son is a a language sponge.  We’re seizing the opportunity to teach him a few words in Chinese, Hebrew, French, and a few other languages as we happen upon different cultures and languages in our city.

Although word repetition is the key to learning any language, even a first language, it’s also tremendously easy to learn new words and sounds with music.

Since last week, Calvin has been singing a discernible rendition of “Row Your Boat” and “Race Car”–I can’t wait to see what song he attempts to sing for me next!

My favorite way to share multilingual songs, cultural traditions, and exotic rhythms is through the quality selections available on Putumayo Kids’ albums.  One of their highest acclaimed and award-heavy albums of all time is the 1998 release of World Playground.  It was received with such praise and popularity that they created a sophomore release a few years later entitled World Playground 2.

world playground

The original World Playground started it all…soon thereafter were releases of country-specific playground or dreamland albums.  Putumayo Kids is the go-to label for fresh and ear-pleasing music with lyrics appropriate for children, yet full of world rhythms, instruments, and production appreciated by adults.

Calvin’s favorite track: #8 Manu Chaq ~ Bongo Bon

Dr. Dolly’s favorite track: #5 Home by Barna ~ Teresa Doyle

Calvin’s Dad’s favorite track: #1 Fatou Yo ~ Touré Kunda

World Playground retails for $14.99 on Amazon.com.  A portion of Putumayo World Music’s proceeds from the sale of this album will be donated to the non-profit Putumayo Cross-Cultural Initiative.


putumayo kids logoOne winner will receive a copy of Putumayo Kids’ World Playground album.

To enter, leave a comment relevant to this post before Sunday, November 5th at 11:59 p.m. (Don’t forget to follow the contest rules all generic comments are ineligible.).  At $14.99, World Playground is a wonderful gift for a birthday or just because.

For more in-the-know fun on Putumayo World Music new releases, artist interviews, and more you can follow them on Twitter, and become a Putumayo World Music fan on Facebook.


I want to know…if you could travel with your family anywhere, what destination would you pick?

Thank you to Putumayo Kids for providing a sample copy of World Playground CD for the purpose of this review.


Congratulations to the winner, #2 Aline.

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11 Responses

  1. DEFINITELY italy! i love the food, the scenery, the people, the language… i know at one time we talked about living there but then when we got pregnant i didn’t want to be so far away from family. i think it would be nice to live there for a year or two for a new experience and to expose my daughter to a different culture.

  2. We went to Alaska about 2 years ago with my family and I would definitely go back there in a heartbeat. There were so many things we didn’t get to do because my daughter was too little.

  3. I think I would want to travel to Ireland… just so GORGEOUS and lots of amazing culture.

  4. We would love to take Jack to the beach, maybe one of the Beaches Family Resorts… I also share Carlita’s passion for Italy, where my grandma is from. It would be great to experience the Italian culture but maybe when Jack is old enough to remember.

  5. I’d love to go back to Guatemala with P’ito and share the beauty of his native land with him.

  6. There are so many places I would love to visit. But the one at the top of my list is Australia-such a beautiful country 🙂

  7. Costa Rica! My husband and I went their on our honeymoon, and I imagine our son would love it – in one place we stayed near a volcano and could check the seismic activity from a research room, in another we hiked a cloud forest, and yet another, we soaked in natural hot springs. Plus, we saw lots of wildlife, and ate yummy food!

  8. I would love to visit Sicily or Greece. The culture is so rich and the architecture is amazing.

  9. My family would love to go to Costa Rica to experience the Amazon or South Africa to experience the culture and wildlife there. We are big animal lovers.

    — Chelsea

  10. I would go on a cruise – there is always something to do for everyone, and plenty to eat!

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