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Move Like An Animal

Move Like An Animal

Fall 2013 Music
Ages: 2 - 7 yrs.
CD Price: $13.99

"Move your feet to the animal beat," sings Birdie Mendoza of Birdie's Playhouse, inviting listeners to do a rabbit salsa ("Hop, Hop, Hop") or a "Snail Cha Cha," to groove to the moves of a belly shaking gerbil ("Furry Belly Dance") or to emulate a speedy cheetah ("Running Far"). The songs' happy, Latin-flavored bounce and bilingual spice are irresistible, but Mendoza has more than that in mind, crafting smooth lyrics with real and easily understood information about the lives, habits and challenges of a wide assortment of creatures: sea turtles, orangutans, monarch butterflies and more. Humans are an integral part of the mix and the messages; in the family-centric "Big Feelings," adults and children alike will recognize the common parental dilemma that occurs when "roller coaster emotions are in the air."

Lynne Heffley   ©2013 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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