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Rock & Roll Playground Review by Christine Hindle

Putumayo World Music
411 Lafayette Street, 4 th Floor
New York, NY 10003

This lively CD consists of 12 songs by a variety of different artists in early rock-and-roll style. The CD is accompanied by a book containing illustrations and explanations of each song. Two of the songs were classics: a jazzed-up version of "Oh Susanna" and a very lively version of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." One song that fascinated me was "Willie and the Hand Jive." The booklet explains: "The hand jive is a dance that was invented at a concert so crowded there was no room to dance with your feet. It caught on and everybody started dancing with their hands!" All 12 songs on the CD have a great beat and inspire little ones to dance and twirl around the room. My granddaughters loved the sound.

One interesting aspect of the booklet that comes with the CD is that on several of the pages, a word, such as "boat," is shown in several different languages: Bote, das Boot, Bateau. My granddaughters are interested in different languages, and this was interesting to them.

While this company and this CD are entirely secular in nature, they are definitely appropriate for children of any age. I envision this CD being a part of a music curriculum that introduces different styles of music to children. This is an excellent resource for introducing the rock-and-roll genre.

Product review by Christine Hindle, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, December 2010