Picasso, That’s Who! and So Can You!

Hope Harris’s follow-up to Cousins’ Jamboree (2011) is filled with her distinctive combination of energy and information that is a true delight from beginning to end. In this offering, Harris uses her strong, beautiful voice to introduce listeners to ten different artists from Picasso to Grandma Moses to Paul Klee. With the aid of a variety of musical genres, including retro rock ‘n’ roll, the waltz, and jazz, she describes each artist’s style through wonderful wordplay while often including biographical information about the artist. Her rich voice, backed by a variety of instruments, draws listeners in, teaching them about art through fun songs. Among the numbers are “Who Made the Splash!” (David Hockney), “Swingin’ Little Duck (Alexander Calder), “Dot in Motion” (Paul Klee), “Impression, Monet,” and others. This album could easily be incorporated into art lessons, music classes, and family time. A solid addition to any collection.–Veronica De Fazio, Plainfield Public Library District, IL

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