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Chances are, you took one look at that chicken stamp, and knew exactly which artist illustrated it, without needing to read a single word on this page. Am I right? If not, you’re one of the few who haven’t yet discovered the joy that is the zany world of Sandra Boynton. Don’t worry – you’ll join us soon!
Sandra Boynton is the phenomenal storyteller and artist behind such classics as Barnyard Dance and Hippos Go Berserk, as well as over 4,000 greeting cards, more than 40 book (with over 60 million copies sold!), and now 5 music albums (one of which was nominated for a Grammy). Her work is internationally recognized on sight by millions of children, parents, and book lovers.
Nick and I love Sandra Boynton books, but until Workman Publishing contacted us about reviewing her newest release, we had no idea she wrote more than board books for babies. I can’t even tell you how excited we are to know there’s a whole world of Boynton we knew nothing about! So we are super excited to share with you our thoughts on Frog Trouble…
Do you ever get sick of kids music that sounds…well, like “kids music”?? You know what I’m talking about. The “music” that’s screechy and cheesy and repetitive and obnoxious. Or worse, those collections of current adult songs that have been stripped of curse words and then recorded by kids…but with all of the negative and totally un-child-friendly messages still intact? As much as I hate endless repetitions of “the wheels on the bus go round and round”, I’ll take that over sexy 3rd graders any day.
Thanks to Sandra Boynton there’s finally a better option. Hallelujah!!
Frog Trouble is the 5th release in a series of music albums Sandra has produced in the last few years. Featuring award-winning and widely known and loved artist like Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley, these are not your typical children’s albums. Kids won’t be the only ones in the family grooving to these tunes!
There are so many great songs on this album, and the accompanying hardback book is a work of art unto itself. The book is broken up into sections, and is meant to be read while listening to the music…
Look While You Listen ~ this section features song lyrics and full page art for each song on the CD.
Sing And Play Along ~ featuring simple musical scores (basic piano or vocal, and guitar chords) with full song lyrics to every song, with cute illustrations throughout.
Meet The Performers ~ want to know more about the artists behind the album? Wish granted!
We loved all of the songs on the Frog Trouble album, but our favorites by far were:
When Pigs Fly
is available for purchase on Amazon
, and you can also pick up the CD in a nice jewel case, or bundled with the book and a cute plush Boynton
Workman Publishing also sent us two of her previous CD and songbook releases, Blue Moo and Philadelphia Chickens.
Another ridiculously cute book, with wonderful music the whole family will love! Each songbook is broken up into the same three sections, with a couple of fun extras scattered throughout. Our favorite song from Blue Moo…
You can pick up a copy of Blue Moo on Amazon.
Philadelphia Chickens is a New York Times #1 Bestseller, and it doesn’t take a genius to guess why. Featuring a plethora of great artists, including Patty LuPone, it’s a sure crowd-pleaser. Our favorite gem from this album…
Please Can I Keep It?
Okay, and this one…
You can pick up a copy of Philadelphia Chickens on Amazon, too.
If you’d like to learn more about the fascinating Sandra Boynton and her adorable work, you can connect with her on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. From everything I’ve read about her, she seems like not only a phenomenal author and artist, but a really fun person, too. She is, by far, our family’s very favorite children’s author, and we collect her books as fast as we can! ?
Because we love Sandra Boynton‘s book so very, very much, Nick and Serenity and I are offering our readers a special Christmas giveaway.
Enter to win Frog Trouble by Sandra Boynton!
From our family to yours…
~ The Belleque Family
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Good luck, and Merry Christmas!
What is your favorite Sandra Boynton book? Which song that I linked do you like the best? What are you hoping to find under the tree with your name on it, this year?
This post is part of The Homemade Creative’s Christmas Gift Guide 2013! To see all of our Gift Guide items, click on the image or on the words “Christmas Gift Guide” at the top of the page. Merry Christmas! ?
Disclosure: We received copies of the three books mentioned in this post in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are our own, and we only recommend products that we believe will interest our readers; our good opinion cannot be bought.