March 22, 2018

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Pick of the Day: Read and Sing with Hap Palmer: Musical Picture Books for Young Children (DVD)

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Animated Characters dancing out of a open bookRead and Sing with Hap Palmer: Musical Picture Books for Young Children. DVD. 30 min. Prod. by Hap-Pal Music. Dist. by AV Café. 2012. ISBN unavail. $14.98.
PreS-Gr 2–You know when you see the name Hap Palmer that you’re in for a treat. This program contains 12 of his original songs, with the words on the screen so you can read, or even better sing along. Bright illustrations and colorful photographs accompany each song and show children from all around the world delighting in being who they are. Palmer calls this format “Musical Picture Books for Young Children.” The songs teach as they entertain and each has a positive message, a contagious melody, and enough repetition so that viewers will have no trouble diving right in. Among the numbers featured are “Down by the Bay,” “What Do Animals Say?,” “Witches Brew,” “We’re on Our Way,” and others. Music and classroom teachers will find this a delightful diversion for students—and kids will demand it again and again. You can’t go wrong with Hap Palmer!–Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary, Federal Way, WA