If you have a preschooler, I hope you are initiated to the music of Laurie Berkner Band. If not, Best of the Laurie Berkner Band is a good place to start.
Laurie Berkner herself is a former preschool teacher who turned family-friendly rocker after creating sweet tunes with her class.
Just before sitting down to write this review I put the CD on again for my preschool class of 12 3-year-olds to refresh my memory.
Best of the Laurie Berkner Band TRACK LISTING:
Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz) from Buzz Buzz got the children’s attention and they poised themselves near the CD player with a collection of scarves and dress-ups to get ready to boogie down.
Rocketship Run from Rocketship Run has a bit of a pirate-chant vibe, and also inspired twirling amongst the students.
Victor Vito from Victor Vito came on while I had moved to cleaning up the toy food. I like the way it is sung at different speeds, yet never getting completely mutiny-inspiring.
We Are The Dinosaurs from Whaddaya Think Of That? is a nice stomping song. One boy in my class started baring his teeth. I asked him if he was smiling or making a scary face. He said, “It is a bit of a scary face. Does it look like a dinosaur?”
“A TOTAL dinosaur face.”
I’m Gonna Catch You from Under A Shady Tree is a nice upbeat song, but gosh the chorus is like a friendly version of a bad dream I have had.
“I’m gonna catch you, you’d better run. I’m gonna catch you, here I come.”
Eek! Don’t worry, the inflection is happy enough that the kids won’t be disturbed.
Moon Moon Moon from Victor Vito
Pig On Her Head from Buzz Buzz
Fast And Slow (The Rabbit And The Turtle) from Rocketship Run
I’m Not Perfect from Victor Vito
I Really Love To Dance from Buzz Buzz
BOOTS from Victor Vito
Five Days Old from Rocketship Run
The Goldfish audio recording from the DVD We Are . . . The Laurie Berkner Band (2005)
Monster Boogie from Buzz Buzz
Song In My Tummy from Under A Shady Tree
I Know A Chicken from Whaddaya Think Of That?
Under A Shady Tree from Under A Shady Tree
Pig On Her Head audio recording from Nick Jr.’s Move To The Music video (2004)
Moon Moon Moon audio recording from the DVD We Are . . . The Laurie Berkner Band (2005)
Open Your Heart written for the kids of the Pajama Program (2010)
This CD is all fun! Give it a listen on Amazon.com
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