Sharing Cultures with Ella JenkinsFall 2004 Music
Ages: 3 - 10 yrs.
Producer: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
CD Price: $12.00
Review:Ella Jenkins has been making music (and recordings) for longer than most of the parents of today's young children have been alive. If anyone deserves to be called a legend, it's Ella. The 28 selections on this album are a blend of traditional and original songs, instrumentals, and poems in a mixture of Spanish and English. A few other cultures are represented in passing: Irish, Native American, Jewish, French and even a sample of the songs sung by the Freedom Riders of the 50's. Ella's voice is as rich as ever, embracing listeners like a lifelong friend. The performances by children from the LaSalle Language Academy of Chicago who participate in many of the cuts add an unstudied charm that invites young listeners into the circle of songs. Ella is our connection to an authentic strata of music that does not involve (and does not require) slick performances, novelty lyrics, or electronic sound effects. It's a world open to anyone who cares to join in and sing.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard ©2004 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.
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