Australian Playground on Thrifty Christy Blog

18 Sep

Thrifty Christy reviews Australian Playground on her blog. “Australian Playground would make a fun soundtrack for a kids’ party, as its songs are very happy and fun. In fact, I will probably have it on repeat at my girls’ birthday party…”

I am a huge fan of Putumayo Kids‘ world music CDs, both for my own kids and for the preschool music classes I teach. They are a fantastic, fun way to introduce kids to music from other countries. It’s so important to expose your kids to different styles of music at an early age in order to broaden their horizons and expand their tastes, and Putumayo Kids does such a great job selecting songs that do just that!

I am planning a preschool graduation in less than two weeks, and one of the songs we’re going to perform is a song from Trinidad that I first heard from Putumayo Kids. I love that my children know that music doesn’t sound exactly the same everywhere you go.

So, I was very excited to receive information about the latest CD from Putumayo Kids, Australian Playground. What kid doesn’t like Australia? Early childhood is filled with Australian animals, in stories and in music – my kids are fans not only of koalas and kangaroos, but also wombats, thanks to one of our favorite books, Wombat Stew. I knew they would love this CD, and I was right. Here are the songs featured on Australian Playground:

The NEO and Garrangali: Marrtjina (Let’s Go)
Seaman Dan: Mango Rain
Joe Hall and the Treehouse Band: Loose Change
Garrangali: Mirri
Bob Brown: Give Me a  Home among the Gumtrees
Don Spencer: Kangaroo (the Super Marsupial)
Rosie Burgess: Random Acts
The Band of the South Australian Police: The Road to Gundagai
Kamerunga: Seisia
Lazy Harry: Waltzing Mathilda

My kids especially liked listening to “Kangaroo (the Super Marsupial),” which is a really cute song! We also enjoyed the song “Mango Rain,” after learning about the term from the CD’s liner notes (A mango rain is a type of rain shower that happens in March and April, before the monsoon season that begins in June. They are called mango rains because they help the mangoes ripen early.) This song uses a ukulele, which just gives it a really happy, tropical feel (which makes sense, as it’s sung by Seaman Dan, a native of Thursday Island, between Australia and Papua New Guinea). Joe Hall and the Treehouse Band’s “Loose Change” is also a great song that strongly reminded me of Jack Johnson’s songs, which I love.

Here’s the official description:

Featuring music from some of Australia’s most compelling children’s musicians, Aboriginal groups and singer-songwriters, Australian Playground exemplifies the diversity of Australia’s peoples, cultures, animals and environments. Australian Playground features a regional recipe for Damper Bread, a food staple for Australian stockmen and drovers (Australian cowboys) in their long treks through the remote Outback. Australian Playground will be available at select book, gift, health food, children’s and other specialty shops. 1% of Putumayo’s sales will be contributed to the Australian Children’s Music Foundation in support of their initiatives to provide music programs and instruments to disadvantaged children in schools and juvenile detention centers in Australia.

In addition to the colorful, gift-ready CD edition with a booklet with cultural and artist information, Australian Playground will be available digitally; Putumayo Kids is pleased to announce a digital launch on iTunes May 27th featuring eight children’s releases: four Playground and Sing Along titles along with four Dreamland lullaby collections ($9.99).

Australian Playground would make a fun soundtrack for a kids’ party, as its songs are very happy and fun. In fact, I will probably have it on repeat at my girls’ birthday party in June!

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