Can a Jumbo Jet Sing the Alphabet?

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Interactive songs teach movement and words.

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Parents need to know that this CD is a superb musical resource to help get kids moving, and to also teach them vocabulary, shapes, and numbers.

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CAN A JUMBO JET SING THE ALPHABET? is excellent for preschoolers through second-graders. \"Take Me Out to the Ball Game\" uses baseball scores to practice number values, while \"Round the World with Ways to say Hello,\" \"Please and Thank You,\" and \"Good-Bye My Friends\" teach phrases in French, Arabic, Korean, and Hindi. \"What Could You Use\" asks the question: When there's a storm, what tool could you use to catch the drops and dry the floor? The alphabet is taught through movement in \"Alphabet in Motion\" and rhyme in \"Can a Jumbo Jet Sing the Alphabet?\" Shapes are experienced in \"The Shapes That Surround You\" and \"Jig Along Shapes.\" And a little biology is tossed in with \"The Compost Bin,\" a jazzy swing piano piece that describes the magic when \"the microbes eat the waste within.\"

Is it any good?

The 60-minute CD comes with a booklet full of lyrics and suggestions for follow-up activities. The production values are high; musicianship is topnotch. Instrumentation includes guitars, piano, horns, steel drums, banjo, and woodwinds. Hap Palmer, a children's chorus, and other singers deliver musical styles ranging from polka to Irish jig, Cajun, rap, and rock. As a CD for repeated playing, this would probably wear out most parents' patience, but as a teaching tool for the intended audience, it's right on target.

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  • Families can talk about the wealth of topics covered in the songs: numbers, languages, the alphabet, shapes, microbes, and so on. You can also discuss the different instruments and musical styles.

Music details

  • Artist: Hap Palmer
  • Release date: March 15, 2005
  • Label: 3CG
  • Genre: Children's Music
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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