Raffi's Box of Sunshine

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All three albums have strong appeal.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that these albums contain fewer "learning songs" than some earlier Raffi releases, but many lessons lurk within these tunes. Several songs address environmental concerns, and several more are sung in Spanish and French.

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What's the story?

This three-disc set is simply three top-drawer Raffi recordings (Rise and Shine; One Light, One Sun; Everything Grows) in a single box. Each disc stands admirably on its own, but taken together they seem even better.

Is it any good?

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Raffi's valuable messages of multiculturalism and environmentalism blend together into a wonderful, family-friendly world vision. In addition to smart, often silly, sometimes poignant lyrics, the songs on all three albums boast super musical accompaniment.

Everything Grows offers the most musical variety. Traditional dance tunes from Japan, France, the United States, and Latin America feature everything from accordions to autoharps. And Raffi's singing is typically inviting throughout. It's a tough call, but the spirited "This Little Light of Mine" (from Rise and Shine) is probably the set's vocal highpoint.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the less familiar instruments used here, described in the liner notes. Highlight these new sounds, and have kids describe how each instrument contributes to a song's feel.

Music details

Artist:Raffi
Release date:May 9, 2000
Labels:PGD, Rounder
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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