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Alex & The Kaleidoscope Get On Board!

Alex & The Kaleidoscope Get On Board!

Spring 2016 Music
Ages: 2 - 9 yrs.
CD Price: $10.00
Review:

Country and island rhythms, a pop bounce, hand-clapping gospel, and confidence-boosting messages fuel this catchy new album by Alex Mitnick (music educator, children's music artist and host/co-creator of the New York television show, "Alex & the Kaleidoscope" winner of a 2014 local Emmy for Best Children's Programming). A veritable menagerie of animals comes traveling down the track in the rockin' title song. In "Insect Tourists"- a forest safari performed in a nicely calibrated musical key of suspense - gnats swarm, cicadas chirp, caterpillars creep, and bees "fly faster than the breeze." "Tell Me A Story" ("wrap your words all around me) and "Peach Tree" ("I love to go where the peach tree grows…. lie on my back for a daydream show") encourage listeners to let their imaginations soar. The stand-out highlight: The counting and play-along song, "Mama's in the Kitchen," a toe-tapping, infectious delight.

Lynne Heffley   ©2016 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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