European Playground

 
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Give kids a taste of Europe's languages and rhythms.

What parents need to know

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As with its other releases, Putumayo Kids promotes cross-cultural experience and understanding through music with universal appeal for kids.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that these fifteen songs, performed by musicians from all over Europe in several languages, will be appealing to very young children and are musically sophisticated enough to be appreciated by older siblings.

What's the story?

A cross-cultural, cross-genre tour around Europe, EUROPEAN PLAYGROUND is a collection of 15 songs, expertly performed by a variety of exceptional artists. The multi-lingual songs are easy to sing and dance along to, the lyrics geared to children's interests and imagination. The CD includes liner notes in four languages -- English, Spanish, French, and German -- and there's also a downloadable teaching guide and music video.

Is it any good?

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The genius of Putumayo Kids is partly song selection -- all of the music is energetic, accessible, and family-friendly, but not clichéd. Especially delightful is the French "En Voici, En Voila" by Alain Le Lait, featuring accomplished gypsy-jazz-style guitar, expressive and gravelly vocals, and the internationally-beloved (and understood) word "chocolate."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about different backgrounds. Do you have any relatives who speak languages other than English? Here's a great jumping-off point for family discussion and even vocabulary-building in other languages.

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:May 19, 2009
Label:Putumayo Kids
Genre:Adult Contemporary
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 15, 2012
 

european playground

internationally-beloved (and understood) word "chocolate." Families can talk about different backgrounds. Do you have any relatives who speak languages other than English? Here's a great jumping-off point for family discussion and even vocabulary-building in other languages.
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Kid, 2 years old June 29, 2009
 
good music
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