Color Wheel Cartwheel

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Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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A fun and educational romp through the rainbow.

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Parents need to know that the CD features multilingual vocabulary about all the colors of the rainbow, and the proceeds support hurricane relief efforts!

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What's the story?

COLOR WHEEL CARTWHEEL, by Laura Freeman, was developed as part of a library education program for preschoolers, so it's earnestly educational. Even so, it's also a whole lot of fun. Freeman's feisty and expressive vocals backed by a strong rhythm section, along with simple yet clever lyrics, make this CD feel like a party. You won't find the slick production and rock & roll mastering techniques so popular in children's music these days, but these songs sound real, intimate, and immediate. Freeman used a New Orleans-based studio and musicians, so many of the songs have a distinctly New Orleanian rhythmic feel. In fact, you can feel extra good about buying the CD, because a portion of the proceeds will be donated to hurricane relief efforts.

Is it any good?

Featuring a song for every color in the rainbow, as well as multilingual vocabulary words for all the colors, the album explores a wide variety of musical styles and instrumentation without ever losing its focus. The vocals, instrumentation, and songwriting combine to provide a delightfully colorful romp through the rainbow.

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  • Families can talk about how fun and effective it is to learn through songs. And how good does it feel to also support a worthy cause while you're at it?

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