Kids Music: Combo CD Gift Sets


The gift of music brings CD/book and CD/DVD combo sets sure to delight all year long.


I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, the latest from outstanding Canadian publishers The Secret Mountain, contains a rootsy collection of simple songs for very young children. Secret Mountain’s all-ages combo offerings range from Songs of the Baobab: African Lullabies to the aptly titled Simply Fantastic: An Introduction to Classical Music, with a stop in Arkansas, the setting of both of Trout Fishing in America’s Chicken Joe book/CD sets. 

"Down at the Dream Hotel," a Secret Mountain celebration

"My Name Is Chicken Joe," Trout Fishing in America (with Kathy O'Connell)

Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo makes kindie’s hip-hop genius’ point that “sometimes weird is the coolest thing you can be.” Celebrating the “weird awesomeness” in each of us permeates Skidoo’s work, here as the tale of a group of weirdos overcoming the bullies of Squaresville. The wonderful quirk of this gift set is a 6-track CD with hip-hop, bluegrass, bedtime and karaoke versions of the story. It’s a world of lemon-lime sauerkraut and “superfly crazy ideas” with a moral: “Please be yourself.”    

"Gotta Be Me," Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

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Mama Doni’s Jewish Holiday Party truly is a DVD/CD for all celebrations: Hanukkah, Passover and Shabbat. Mama Doni honors tradition while bringing her modern musical approach to her subjects in three segments, covering the history, music and (naturally) food of the holidays. 

"Chanukah Oh Chanukah," Mama Doni

Gustafer Yellowgold’s Wisdom Tooth of Wisdom continues the saga of the little fellow who came to earth from the sun. Creator Morgan Taylor’s blend of good humor, great imagery and rock sensibility produces a joyous experience. All the Gustafer Yellowgold DVDs have a relaxing yet compelling quality, a winner for families with young children. 

Wisdom Tooth of Wisdom trailer, Gustafer Yellowgold

Through the Woods by the Okee Dokee Brothers is the latest in the Grammy winners’ “Adventure Album Series,” inspired by their 2013 hike of the Appalachian Trail. For older kids (6+), the DVD is like the best Scout camping trip ever, full of beautiful images and good info. The CD of original and traditional bluegrass tunes continues the band’s tradition of fun and musical excellence. 

Through the Woods trailer, the Okee Dokee Brothers

Kathy O’Connell is a contributing writer to MetroKids and host of Kids Corner, weekdays 7-8pm on WXPN 88.5 FM. 


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