Fiesta Songs!

Music review by
Lisha Papert Lercari, Common Sense Media
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age 16+
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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that language lessons don't get much better than this. Each track begins with narration in Spanish and English, and then every song is sung in both Spanish and English. Equally important are the musical (and cultural) lessons inherent in every track. Other lessons include numbers (ascending and descending), dynamics (loud and soft), and expressing oneself.

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What's the story?

With FIESTA SONGS! your kids get to hear the songs in a new dimension while also having the opportunity to hone in on their language skills. (Though language is most easily acquired when young, parents will do well to tune in with their kids.) Some of the songs, like \"People in Your Neighborhood\" and \"Rubber Duckie,\" are Sesame Street standards that have been smoothly translated into Spanish. \"The Spanish Numba Rumba\" will have everyone doing a cha-cha-cha, and \"Counting Backwards in Spanish\" oozes with the Count's enthusiasm. \"Sing\" (\"Canta\"), sung beautifully by real children, is one of the sweetest tracks and also the last, leaving you reaching for the replay button.

Is it any good?

The music on Fiesta Songs! has much to teach, while also being fun. First, there are the language lessons. Each track starts with narration in Spanish and English, then is sung in both languages. Then there's the exposure to the music and culture inherent in every track. Other lessons include numbers (ascending and descending), dynamics (loud and soft), and expressing oneself. From start to finish, the CD provides wonderful music, great messages, and excellent language lessons.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the rhythms, instruments, and arrangements of the songs and what insight they provide into music from the many different Spanish-speaking cultures. They can also find and discuss some of the messages in the songs, such as the value of friendship.

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