November 17, 2017

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redstarBest of Raffi. Performed by Raffi. CD. Approx. 35 min. Rounder Records. 2017. $9.49.

PreS-Gr 4 –Multi-award-winning Raffi, one of the first of the children’s music troubadours and who’s celebrating 40 years as an entertainer, presents 16 of his best songs from 10 albums. Featured here are both traditional and original songs in folk, reggae, jazz, country, and pop musical styles. The titles include “Baby Beluga,” “Down by the Bay,” “Apples and Bananas,” “Shake My Sillies Out,” “Wheels on the Bus,” “Day O,” “Bananaphone,” “Let’s Play,” “Everything Grows,” “Mr. Sun,” “Love Bug,” “Owl Singalong,” “One Light, One Sun,” “Rise and Shine,” “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” and “Thanks a Lot.” VERDICT Parents who grew up with Raffi will want to share this album with their children. A must-have for every children’s music collection.–Beverly Wrigglesworth, San Antonio Public Library

This review was published in the School Library Journal July 2017 issue.

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