Toodala- front porch favoritesFall 2003 Music
Ages: 2 - 9 yrs.
Producer: JG Productions
CD Price: $15.00
Review:Underneath the glittering notes of a nimbly fingered bluegrass banjo, a layer of bowed fiddle and slinky slide guitar add depth and instrumental harmony to this collection of 17 traditional songs. Some cuts (e.g. "Ain't No Flies on Me" and "Turkey in the Straw") will be familiar while others ("How Many Biscuits Can You Eat") will be new-found favorites. Lead singer Gayle Schmitt's chunky voice, a combination of rasp and polish, is the rhythmic equivalent of a trampoline: soaring and punching the words until it is virtually impossible to keep your own feet from tapping along. The album as a whole is definitely up-tempo which may make it challenging for young children to sing along, but they will doubtless embrace the energy and enthusiasm inherent in this production. A wide variety of traditional instruments-mandolin, dobro, washboard, jaw harp, pots and pans-in addition to guitar and banjo give this album the ring of back-porch authenticity. Liner notes include brief annotations for each song but no lyrics.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard ©2003 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.