Songs from the Sandbox

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Broadway-style songs for kids encourage creativity and fun.

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Educational value

Mini-lessons about dinosaurs, Scottish folk music, and the art of storytelling.

Positive messages

Broadway-caliber music encourages imagination, storytelling, and finding something special in every moment or every person.

Positive role models

"Mind of His Own" celebrates individuality and says that it's OK to think for yourself, even if it means calling lollipops "licky sticks."

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Songs From the Sandbox features Broadway-caliber tunes with intricate melodies that weave in colorful storytelling for little listeners. Schwartz is a familiar voice to preschoolers with his musical contributions to the PBS animated show Jay Jay the Jet Plane, and this album offers great lessons and ignites the imagination.

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What's the story?

Stephen Michael Schwartz is no stranger to the children's music scene: He's a member of the children's music group Parachute Express and a major music contributor to the PBS show <span style="\&quot;font-style:" italic;\"="">Jay Jay the Jet Plane (he sings the title song, among others). Surprisingly, SONGS FROM THE SANDBOX is his first album. It features 12 tracks that tell wonderful stories about a misunderstood puppy, an ambitious kitty, and a dog that likes to deliver mail, just to name a few.

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Songs From the Sandbox stands apart from other children's albums. Schwartz's warm vocals and intricate musical patterns sound as if they could be from a Broadway musical for kids; the quality is exceptional. His stories and music combine to tell funny anecdotes that will interest kids, from one about the world's worst dog to one about a tightrope-strutting feline. "Dinosaur Hunt" explores big and baby dinos, and the jazzy "Alligator Pie" is an ode to scaly bread, cake, and pie. This album is a perfect soundtrack for playtime.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes up a good story. Is it the plot, the characters, or something else? What are some of your favorite stories?

  • Do you like when one of your favorite stories is turned into a movie or a TV show? Which version is better -- page or screen?

  • This album uses lots of different instruments to tell the stories. What instruments do you hear? How do they help the story along?

Music details

Artist:Stephan Michael Schwartz
Release date:June 19, 2012
Type:Album
Label:S-Team Productions
Genre:Children's Music
Topics:Dinosaurs, Magic and fantasy, Adventures
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent Written byjanice Lindsay July 3, 2012
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GREAT MUSIC FOR CHILDREN!

This CD is fabulous! I especially like the stories and the song about the Dinosaurs. I'd recommend it for any parent of a 2 - 7 year old.
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Parent Written byfeelingroovy July 11, 2012
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Solid, Silly, and Totally Worth It! Stephen comes through every time!

I was exposed to this album through the kids I babysit, who love it! It turns out, I actually recognized Stephen from the children's band, Parachute Express, who I happily listened to as a youngster in the early 90's. In keeping with the high-quality of those old Parahute Express albums, the songs on "Songs from the Sandbox" are classic and cute, and span several musical styles. As a critical musician and music aficionado, I kinda missed hearing more real instruments (though they would have made the album much more expensive), but the arrangements were so entertaining, they made up for it! Glad to see Stephen Michael Schwartz is still at it. Pretty sure I'd recommend anything he does! He really gets kids.
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Adult Written bywallabyworks July 3, 2012
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Best Childrens Album Ever !!!!!!!!!

Stephen Michael Schwartz is the best childrens song writer in the world. You need to get this album
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