- Artist: Mary Kaye
- Format: CD
- Release Date:1/4/2005
Arrangements and Korg Karma Keyboard by Chris Stolpe. Harmony Vocals by Jennifer Peart. Background narration and singing by Emily Kaye and Abby Kaye. 'A folksy mom sings of simple childhood pleasures while breathing life into characters like Thumbelina. It's a great kid CD not to be missed by you.' -Parenting Magazine '...Kaye's lyrics reflect a mom who closely observes her children's interests. Reminiscent of Jonathan Richman's sensibility, Kaye's writes about the simple pleasures of hole-digging or sitting by the heater. Other songs tell magical tales of elves, unicorns, and tooth fairies. Her warbly vocals recall Natalie Merchant or Ricki Lee Jones... 'The Library Book' wittily recounts the tale of a rare and cherished book that the singer and her kids have checked out of the library over and over again. This song can help parents get their own kids psyched for a library visit or talk about the wonder of the library system. With Kaye's well-crafted lyrics you can almost feel the dog-eared pages. Kaye's rich warm music is something that, like the beloved library book, families will want to play again and again.' -Eric Milvy, Common Sense Media (5 out of 5 stars) 'Children will be immediately drawn to Mary Kaye's appealing, strong, and rich voice...Kaye's sensitive lyrics reflect her understanding of the world from a child's point of view. Instead of asking the rain to go away in Rain, she invites it to stay, so she can splash around the neighborhood and dance in the rainbow. The subjects of the songs are everyday realities, such as sitting by the heating vent to 'warm my fingers and toesies!' Kaye has a real knack for turning ordinary topics into clever ditties.' -Naomi Leithhold, Booklist '...Her sweet alto voice blends perfectly with Jennifer Peart's harmonies. Kaye's daughters Emily and Abby also contribute their cute preschool voices on a few of the songs. The musical styles of mostly folk and soft rock are beautifully performed on guitar and Korg Karma keyboard...this second album will be a great addition to any library's collection of music for children.' -Beverly Bixler, School Library Journal '...a truly AMAZING voice!!' -Kenny Curtis, XM Satellite Radio '...Set aside the fact that families will enjoy this CD for hours, and set aside that 'Mouse Jamboree' will actually have children come away having learned something. 'I Love You a Million,' is worth the CD by itself...' -Daryl Madore, The Times Record, Maine.
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