We mostly review CDs of children’s music with Spanish or bilingual lyrics, but Putumayo Kids Presents deserves a rank of its own. The children’s and educational division of the well-known Putumayo Music CDs dedicate themselves to the mission of introducing cultures to kids through the art of music. And they do it very well. As a parent raising a bilingual and bicultural child, I appreciate companies that create materials that reach out to to this generation of global citizens.
I recently received Putumayo’s latest yummy release from their Playground series, “Picnic Playground.” They’ve put together a collection of 12 songs from around the globe in a smorgasbord of languages, tastes and rhythms, all with the common theme of food. And what could be more global and bridging than food and music? Of course, I immediately put on the only track in Spanish-Jose Conde y Ola Fresca’s “Bolitas de Arroz con Pollo” and I suddenly got an urge to cook up a batch of this classic and heartwarming dish.
My girl has a blast shouting out “Ice Cream” to the tune of Asheba’s song. I know, I know…she should be screaming out “Helado” or “Nieve,” but Ice Cream is one of those phrases that’s just much more fun in English. And you’ve gotta scream it out.
I’m thankful for the English, Spanish and French song descriptions included with the CD because I was able to figure out that Pascal Parisot was singing in “Mes Parents Sont Bio” about a kid’s parents who only eat organic. The tune is incredibly catchy, and now I can pretend to know what I’m singing in my bad French.
“Picnic Playground” is a real treat for the whole familia to enjoy at any time. ¡Buen Provecho!
Oh, and I need to let you know about a great contest Putumayo is hosting which ends this week: The Putumayo Kids Dance-Off Video Contest. Head over to their site to find out how you could win their full kids collection (retail value of $285)!
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This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to Random.org the winners are: #6 Stephanie and #11 Ashley. Congratulations!
TWO lucky winners will each receive a Putumayo Kids “Picnic Playground” CD. For your chance to win all you have to do is leave a comment telling us which of the 12 tracks on this CD is your, or your child’s, favorite and why. To sample the songs go here.
That’s all you have to do to enter this giveaway. If you want to up your chances at winning, then click here to learn how to get additional entries.
This giveaway ends Sunday, December 13th Monday, December 14th at midnight EST.
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