Turn Turn Turn. Performed by Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell. CD. 44:14 min. Dan Zanes. 2013. ISBN unavail. $12.
PreS–Gr 4–This first collaboration between Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell of “handmade music” yields five traditional and 10 original songs in bluegrass, folk, blues, and acoustic pop musical styles. These laid back tunes are accompanied by excellent performances on guitar, banjo, ukulele, and percussion and by folksy vocals and lovely harmonies. “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by Pete Seeger, and made famous a few decades ago by the Byrds, includes additional lyrics written specifically for children by Toshi Seeger, Pete’s wife. “Raccoon and Possum” cooperate to make an apple pie and have a party. A man keeps swapping out his animals, from large to small, until he ends up with a hen, in “Wim Wam Waddle.” The sun’s “Shine” is hailed as the best provider of energy for the people of Earth. “Now Let’s Dance” invites listeners to dance along. “So Glad I’m Here” and “When You’re Smiling” encourage kids to have a positive attitude. The other songs are “Honey Bee,” “Coney Island Avenue,” “Hot Weather Music,” “My Creole Belle,” and “Train Is a Coming” among others. The whole family will love this outstanding addition to the works of Zanes and Mitchell..–Beverly Wrigglesworth,San AntonioPublic Library, TX