I’ll admit it – I am as much a fan of Justine Clarke as my children are. She’s our favourite Playschool presenter, we have all her albums and know all her songs by heart. So were the kids and I excited to receive a pre-release copy of her new CD before it was launched last week? You betcha. And thanks to Roadshow Entertainment I have THREE copies of Justine Clarke’s new album Great Big World to give away to SquiggleMum readers!
Truthfully, I was a little apprehensive as I put the CD into the car stereo. What if it didn’t have brilliant tracks like on her first album I Like To Sing..? What if I didn’t love it as much as her second album Songs To Make You Smile..?
As soon as the first track, Little Day Out started, I smiled and relaxed. The kids bopped along in the back of the car, I picked up the catchy tune easily and we all sang along like the first song on the new album was already an old favourite. Justine and her brilliant team (Dasent/Baysting/Lindsay) have again produced a fabulous album which Aussie families will adore. As a primary school educator with a major in music I can be hard to impress – but Great Big World is a great big win for me.
The album is chock full of wonderful songs which are lyrically appropriate for young kids without being musically “dumbed down” in any way. Climbing Up The Rainbow is fantastic early childhood song, with a melody that rises and falls as a reflection of the rainbow. Clever, clever. Though not my personal favourite, Happy Dog was an instant hit with my one and three year olds and has a lovely cyclic story which finishes back at the start. My Granny Loves To Laugh is a beautiful song for kids with elderly grandparents, and Silver Ships and Golden Ships has a sweet message about friendship. And as with previous albums, the title track is a real highlight. Check it out for yourself!
There are 15 brand new songs to enjoy, with a range of styles which will expose kids to some variations in musical genre and ensure parents don’t tire of Great Big World too quickly! The album winds down nicely too, with three soft, starry, beautiful tracks to lull the backseat passengers off to sleep. If I have one criticism of the album it is only that some of the songs such as My Shadow and Me are in a key too low for young kids to sing along with.
Released April 1, Great Big World is available now in ABC shops and online. Well priced and worth every penny, that is – if you don’t win a copy here first! If you’d like to win Great Big World leave a comment below either sharing your favourite Justine Clarke song, or a favourite song you and your kids like to sing together. Aussie residents only please, one entry per person, winners drawn randomly 6pm Sunday 18/4/10.
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