At 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.
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.
One 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.
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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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