This CD was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
Award-winning Ella Jenkins recently celebrated her 90th birthday this summer. Ella is an amazing artist who has recorded over 40 titles since 1957! You can learn more about Ella here, including clips of her music. She has been an inspiration to many, and we are glad we had the chance to listen to her music, as it is definitely a fantastic addition to our music collection!
“The songs and stories were inspired by the wonderful people I’ve met all over the world, and in the spirit of how they shared their customs and songs with me, I pass them on to you,” says Ella Jenkins of her newest album.
This is the first time we listened to an Ella Jenkins CD, and this album is a compilation of her favorite songs. It is not your typical CD, and many songs are sort of like listening to a music lesson, with both narration and singing, both by Ella as well as children. I think at first my kids weren’t sure what to think (myself included), but pretty soon they were really into the CD, asking me to repeat tracks over and over. Now they know many of the songs by heart.
Most of the tracks start with Ella speaking, teaching, telling us about something. Her style is very engaging, drawing you into the songs and encouraging you to participate as listen along.
My kids favorite is track 5, “In the People’s Republic of China”. This track starts with Ella describing how “In the People’s Republic of China, children greet visitors like this” – followed by a series of short, light claps. My kids can be heard quite often repeating this song, which is funny to hear, complete with lyrics and claps, at places like the grocery store!
Tracks like “Count from One to Ten” will have your kids counting in various languages. I love that just about every track has my girls learning about cultures, customs around the world, languages, and more. Ella Jenkins also teaches some classic songs and their backgrounds, such as “Waltzing Matilda” and “Kookaburra”.
I personally really enjoyed this CD myself, and I can absolutely see why Ella Jenkins’ music is so timeless. What a great compilation of her music throughout the years!
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