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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Frog Trouble. Songs and illustrations by Sandra Boynton. Workman Publishing Company, Thomas Allen & Son. 2013. $19.95 ages one to older than dirt

I must take a bath.
But I've had one before.
I'm just so upset.
I can't take any more.
all the heartache so deep
when somebody tells you
it's time now for sleep?"

This is the fifth CD and illustrated songbook that Sandra Boynton has written to entertain her biggest fans and their parents. This time she turns to country music, and she has some terrific artists singing her 12 songs. The themes are recognizable to country fans...trucks, summer storms, heartache, and much more. Some of my favorites are here: Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, Kacey Musgraves, and Darius Rucker. Each song has its own distinctive style and rhythm, and is accompanied by those signature animals that her audience has come to love in many popular books.

Once you have listened to the songs, and had a chance to take a look at the lyrics in the Look While You Listen section, you can move right on to the Sing & Play Along part of the book, if you are so inclined and have the musical smarts to do that (unfortunately I totally lack such skills).

These are talented musicians, working with a prolific songwriter and an accomplished production team. They show how much fun country can be, and just how skilled so  many of our country artists truly are. The humor will encourage family listening, and repeat performances. Sandra Boynton rounds out this new music collection with an opportunity for new learning on a page called How to Talk Like a Cowboy. Then, we meet the performers, and the musicians who make this charming new CD come alive! If you are so inclined, there is also an opportunity to learn how to make a folded-paper frog puppet. Then, you will have a singing partner should you like to share your new repertoire.

Maybe you'd even like to learn how to do the Alligator Stroll:

Here's singer, guitar player, songwriter, producer and poet Ryan Adams to sing us out:

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