Siente: Night Songs From Around the World

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Amy Weaver, Common Sense Media
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Culturally diverse lullabies from indie artists.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the 13 tracks on this award-winning album are soothing lullabies culled from different cultures, including Basque, Sephardic, Guatemalan, and Italian. Some songs are in their original dialects, some are translated into English, still others are made up of untranslatable "soothing sounds." The difference between this CD and the usual collection of international songs is that all the tracks are performed by the same two musicians -- vocalist Patrice O'Neill and guitarist Hilary Field.

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What's the story?

SIENTE: NIGHT SONGS FROM AROUND THE WORLD -- winner of the 2007 Parent's Choice Gold Medal -- offers a perfect lulling package for little ones, performed by independent women artists from the Pacific Northwest. So it's no surprise that the music and the accompanying songbook have the look and feel of a locally made, heartfelt project unlike bigger budget CDs like those from the Putumayo label. The vibrant art gracing the liner notes and songbook was made by vocalist Patrice O'Neill and the other artists who helped make this CD.

Is it any good?

Vocalist Patrice O'Neill and guitarist Hilary Field provide the sweet vocals and hypnotic classical guitar for this soothing collection. Siente: Night Songs From Around the World could become a real favorite for anyone trying to lull their little ones to sleep.

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  • Families can talk about how universal lullabies are, no matter what language they are sung in. What are some of your favorite bedtime songs? What songs did your parents sing to you when you were a baby?

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