Come Bien! Eat Right!

Come Bien! Eat Right! Performed by José-Luis Orozco. CD. 62 min. Smithsonian Folkways. 2015. $16.98.
RedReviewStarK-Gr 5—Orozco provides uplifting, educational bilingual music on the general theme of healthy eating and nutrition. The 19 songs and chants are first performed in Spanish with the second half of the album featuring the English versions. Each song is upbeat and covers topics such as the various kinds of milk, wholesome snacks, and the importance of water. Some of the songs combine the concepts with Latin dance styles, as in "The Fruit Conga," in which colors and types of fruit are celebrated, and "The Dance of the Legumes," which not only teaches listeners about the various kinds of beans but also gives step-by-step instructions for a cha-cha-cha. Many of the songs, including "Chocolate" and "Tortilla," ask for audience participation either through call and response or clapping. Orozco's 40 years of experience writing and performing for children are evident in every song. His charming voice is woven together with beautiful instrumentation and lyrics that never seem didactic. This engaging work will delight and entertain children and parents alike.
VERDICT A must-have for every collection.

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