123andABCTwo fabulous musical adventures for learning the ABCs: Ella Jenkins and Mister G

With the passing of Pete Seeger last week, I think we are all feeling a little nostalgic for those voices and music that combine imagination, kindness and the idea that YOU are valuable so don’t wait to join in! So, it was a pleasure to receive the new compilation of Ella Jenkins’ songs “123s and ABCs.” Born in 1924, this is her jaw-dropping 34th album for Smithsonian Folkways, and her voice and approach is as relevant today as it was in the late 1950′s when her first children’s music album was released. The album is filled with Jenkins’ call and response style, and includes songs in four languages—English, Spanish, Swahili and Yiddish.

To celebrate her priceless contributions to families everywhere, we are giving away one copy of “123s and ABCs” thanks to Smithsonian Folkways. Just leave us a comment below or on our Facebook page about this post, by next Friday, Valentine’s Day, to be entered into our random drawing. For fun, finish this sentence: “A is for …..”

To hear the tracks on the album, visit Smithsonian Folkway’s Ella Jenkins page

ABC_jpg-220x220Now, once your kids have had some gentle learning time with Ella Jenkins, it’s time to put those new skills to work and get your groove on at the same time with Mister G and his fall released album “ABC Fiesta.” Mister G (aka Ben Gundersheimer) proves again that he is the master mixer of Spanish and English languages, parent friendly melodies and beats, and enough goofy touches to keep everyone entertained and stretching their brains without knowing it—the best kind of learning! Highlights on the album include the hilarious “Ratones” (from the liner notes: “Songwriters love to use rhymes, so I couldn’t resist rhyming ‘ratones’ and ‘pantalones.’ But no one really likes rats in their pants do they?”)  and the beautiful songs “Vamos a la Playa,” and “Bongo Bongo.” Fun, sprinkled in conversations with Mister G and his friends are also throughout, including a friend who speaks French, making the whole album a gem.

To hear tracks on “ABC Fiesta” visit Mister G’s website—crank up the volume and get ready to move!

Enjoy! Jenna

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