Song Riddles and Poetry
You May Remember Indefinitely
A menagerie of "Songs, Riddles & Poetry you may remember indefinitely," Pink Elephants is a charming preschool album. Sweet-voiced Lafleur, who worked with homeless children in Nashville, skillfully intersperses her folk-based songs with original poetry and riddles, just right for the typically brief preschool attention span. Lafleur's music is melodic and easy to learn. Her poetry, though, is what makes this album utterly charming, calling to mind masters of the form such as Aileen Fisher, Jack Prelutsky, and Eve Merriam. And Lafleur's riddles are just the thing, when solved, to give young minds a supreme sense of accomplishment.
Ten songs, including "Goldilocks," "The Little Red Hen" and "Chicken Little" plus 13 riddles and 15 rhymes make for a lively recording which can amuse kids in the car, entertain families and give teachers ideas for class activities. (Grades K-7.)
It's never too early to start encouraging your kids to be literary. Delivering her original poems and songs in an ethereal, perfectly controlled voice, Lafleur's innovative approach intersperses songs with poetry - not just little ditties kids enjoy, but real verse everyone can appreciate. Take this example from Lafleur's poem "Fireflies": "The sun has set the Earth on fire again today/Smouldering still as embers dance and drift away beneath dark skies. Fireflies." A-
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