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Little Box of Happy

Little Box of Happy

Fall 2017 Music
Ages: 2 - 9 yrs.
CD Price: $15.65

The aptly titled Little Box of Happy is singer/songwriter, yoga educator Bari Koral's sixth children's music album. An overall feeling of joy pervades this recording, starting with her jaunty version of Donovan's classic "Happiness Runs," followed by sprightly covers of Ellen Allard's "Down by The Ocean," and the delightful movement song "Dragon Hunt" from the Imagination Workshop. Her self-penned "Yoga Alphabet" is an innovative synthesis of an alphabet song as explained through specific yoga postures. Often, Ms. Koral employs songs about animals like "Scaly Little Snake," "Fly Like a Butterfly," "My Donkey," "Bats," and Bob McGrath's classic "My Dog Rags," to facilitate images for guiding movement. Along with movement songs, there are some very nice spoken-word, guided relaxation songs, which use images of balloons and dragons to create a state of serene mindfulness. The CD closes with a gorgeous rendition of Theresa Andersson's peaceful invocation "Innan Du Gar," a circle lullaby. Koral's gentle voice and clear instructions enhances the educational quality of this album. The eco-friendly packaging includes a poster with twenty-four basic yoga postures with song suggestions for each. A solid choice for parents, guardians, and educators wanting to introduce the restorative qualities of yoga to younger children.

Lahri Bond   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.

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