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Junie B Jones

Junie B. Jones The Musical Takes Me Back

Junie B. Jones The Musical takes me back to my musical production days and I love the memories! Working with young singers, dancers, and actors to produce amazing shows like this is so fun and rewarding! I can so easily imagine the kids on stage as I listen to this CD. The CD, sheet music, and show package all come out TODAY!

Junie B. Jones

Heisler and Goldrich portray the life and times of Junie so well with songs like You Need Glasses, Kickball Tournament, Show and Tell, and Writing Down the Story of My Life. My daughter temporarily needed glasses at the age of three for a minor discrepancy. I was so worried she would totally reject the idea, but I was wrong to worry. She chose a pair of striped purple glasses and was showered with compliments everywhere she went! She was proud to wear those glasses and they did the trick in such a short time.

Thank you to Waldmania PR for our complimentary CD in exchange for this review. Go to Goldrich and Heisler’s website to find out more.

You can download it, stream it, buy the sheet music, or do the show!

Here’s more from Music Theatre International:

Created by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, the team that brought you Dear Edwina, comes Junie B. Jones, The Musical – a delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books, brought to life in a genuinely comical (and not strictly-for-kids) musical developed by TheatreworksUSA. Awaken a young person’s desire to read with the sassy little diva, Junie B. Jones, and her adventures in first grade.

It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting.

Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture your audience members’ hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students. The small cast, minimal design needs and performance accompaniment CD make this an ideal show for theatres looking to tour schools or with strong education programs.

For more about the Junie B. Jones books, visit www.juniebjones.com or a bookstore near you!

 

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Fireworks in December with Rolie Polie Guacamole

Rolie Polie Guacamole probably made their own fireworks in concert this year on Independence Day! Wow, these guys are a hoot! This CD, full of the classics and recorded live, takes on its own quirky twists with Frank and Andrew. They sing fast and slow. They get loud, they whisper. They even growl like bears. You name it, they do it.

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Our favorites are Row Your Boat and Upside Down. My daughter just started flipping upside down on the monkey bars at the playground. She thinks it’s pretty cool. She’s happy that Rolie Polie Guacamole thinks it’s cool too.

Thank you to Waldmania PR for our complimentary copy in exchange for this review. And thank you to Elizabeth Waldman for her patience while I took a break from doing reviews to publish my book. It’s nice to be back!

Lots more from Waldmania PR:

BROOKLYN, NY — Holy Guacamole!  Brooklyn’s award-winning titans of kindie music are back, bringing a taste of July to this Christmas!  Rolie Polie Guacamole is set to warm up the season for families everywhere with the December 23 release of their sixth studio album, Live on the Fourth of July.

Winner of the prestigious Parents’ Choice® and NAPPA Awards, Rolie Polie Guacamole has, through the years, developed a smart musical style that dresses up original tunes and classic covers with vibrant harmonies and deft instrumental layers that sparkle with a kid-and-parent-friendlhy vibe.

In addition to bringing their rocking, upbeat, high-energy shows to music festivals and performing arts centers, Frank Gallo and Andrew Tuzhilin take special joy in the informality and “up close and personal” feel of the numerous sing-along preschool and library shows they perform that have a focus on familiar children’s songs.

On July 4, 2016, responding to ongoing requests from families for a recording of Rolie Polie Guacamole sing-along favorites, Frank Gallo and Andrew Tuzhilin headed to Rutherford, New Jersey to make a live acoustic album with longtime friend, engineer/producer Max Caselnova.  Celebrating an unforgettable Fourth of July, they laid down fourteen classic children’s songs that revel in a true-to-life setting with very few overdubs or added tracks.  The result:  Live on the Fourth of July!

Live on the Fourth of July speaks to younger Rolie Polie Guacamole fans with sing-along gems like “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” “Mr. Sun,” and “Muffin Man/Pizza Man,” while offering older kids some of the band’s signature cover songs, such as “Fire Truck,” “Subway Train,” and “This Little Light of Mine.”

Enthuses Frank Gallo, “After years of being urged by our fans to record our sing-along set, I’m so glad we finally took the time to do it!  It was a blast to spend last Fourth of July going back to our acoustic duo roots and working with our good friend Max!  We hope to bring some of that summertime warmth to the colder months of the year with Live on the Fourth of July.”

Rolie Polie Guacamole lays claim to being one of the hardest working bands in kids’ music, and that just might be true.  They’ve released five albums and played well over 1,500 shows nationwide since hitting the boards with their first performance in 2007, receiving top picks from Boston.com, Time Out NY Kids, and Time Out Chicago.

To herald the release of Live on the Fourth of July, Rolie PolieGuacamole has launched an animated sing-along video series on YouTube, kicking off with “Mr. Sun,” illustrated by Alexandra Narvaez and animated by Teddy Gage, HERE.

Previous Rolie Polie Guacamole releases include Chips and Salsa (2015, Parents’ Choice® Recommended Award), Triathlon (2014, Parents’ Choice® Fun Stuff Award), Houses of The Moly (2012, Parents’ Choice® Silver Honor Award, NAPPA Honors Award), Time For Hummus (2010), and Rolie Polie Guacamole (2008).

Live on the Fourth of July will be available on the Rolie PolieGuacamole website and iTunes.  Pre-orders may be placed now at both sites.

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CD Details:  Live on the Fourth of July
Release Date:  December 23, 2016
For ages 0 – 4
Label:  RPG Records
SRP:   $15.00 for CD.  $10.00 for digital download.
Running time:  34 minutes
 

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Rolie Polie Guacamole Performance Highlights
Dec. 2016 – Jan. 2017

Dec. 29 – Jamtime, Natick, MA – New Year’s Eve Bash!

Dec. 29 – Joshua Hyde Public Library, Sturbridge, MA

Dec. 30 – Groton Public Library, Groton, MA

Dec. 30 – E. Longmeadow Library, E. Longmeadow, MA – Family Dance Party!

Jan. 14 – ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY – Album Release Party!

Jan. 27 – Gullford Free Library, Guilford, CT

Jan. 29 – Jalopy Theatre, Brooklyn, NY
 

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Rolie Polie Guacamole on YouTube.

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Cricket Media Offers Variety and Fun!

We really felt like it was Christmas when our Cricket Media package arrived. What a collection of stories, activities, magazines, and poetry, all with such colorful and exciting illustrations! We have slowly started to make our way through all of our samples. Sometimes we have bedtime stories. Sometimes, we just browse through the magazines to see what all there is to do. My daughter, who is almost five and is starting to use inventive spelling and reading looked at the magazine with the lollipop, and made up her own title: “How do you eat a lollipop?” I loved that!

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Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our samples in exchange for this review. And here
is great information from Cricket Media:

About Us

At Cricket Media, we believe that challenging children’s minds and connecting kids to learn together does wonders for their confidence, creativity and curiosity. That’s why we are dedicated to providing award-winning media on a safe and secure learning network to engage, enlighten and educate children everywhere.

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For Families

We offer eleven award-winning magazines for kids ages toddler to teen, including BABYBUG®, LADYBUG®, CRICKET®, MUSE®, COBBLESTONE, FACES, DIG INTO HISTORY®, CLICK®, CICADA®, ASK®, and  SPIDER®. Our popular reading bundle packages our printed magazines with digital companions that can be read on all devices.  We also celebrate the creativity of our young readers with regular challenges and contests featuring their extraordinary work.  Our latest digital app, Story Bug, allows children and their loved ones to “read together even when you’re apart®”.  Through our partnership with Neumedias in China (a division of China’s largest IT services company, Neusoft), we offer dual English-Mandarin language versions of Cricket Media brands for toddlers and young children on smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.

 

For Educators

Our ePals Global Community® pairs educators and students around the world in exciting project-based learning for language learning practice and cultural exchange.  Our global challenges bring together learners to apply important concepts, from STEM to cultural studies, through events such as the Smithsonian Invent It! and Folklife challenges. Our acclaimed In2Books® program matches mentors and students to build reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Through these programs, we connect millions of students, parents and teachers in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide to learn together—and from one another.

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For Companies

Cricket Media licenses our award-winning content to partners for Pre-K-12 curricula, assessments and educational products. Our content is unsurpassed in quality and breadth, relevant across cultures and adaptable to multiple standards and pedagogies.  We also offer corporate partners access to our platform and community, powering language learning practice and cultural exchange experiences in their own products. We offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities, from supporting your company launching a global educational challenge to our international community.

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Music Lessons Made Easy

Music Lessons Made Easy…

Thank you to Waldmania PR for my complimentary drums and piano books in exchange for this review.

Easy to read and child friendly, both of these books have unique aspects making it stand out from other music books. The print is large and easy to read. Each song includes a history of the music and composer. Included throughout are photos of children obviously having a great time! And the book concludes with a beautiful certificate of completion. As a former dance instructor, I can easily see how these books would be the first choice for music lessons. I was happy to gift these books to my friends who have little ones learning how to play the drums and the piano. I look forward to seeing their progress with the sticks and keys!

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From Waldmania PR:

Milwaukee, WI — For kids who want to have fun learning to play piano or drums and parents who want to watch their children actively making music, the world’s largest print music publisher, Hal Leonard Corporation, has the answer.  Hal Leonard’s popular “For Kids” series of method books now includes Piano for Kids and Drums for Kids.

The most successful music teachers are the ones who show students “how easy” rather than “how difficult,” and Hal Leonard’s new Drums for Kids and Piano for Kids follow that same strategy.  Both feature super-clear instructions, fantastic hit songs, and accompaniment tracks that kids will be eager to play along with.

Piano for Kids and Drums for Kids can be used with a parent or teacher, or even by a motivated student alone.

And the best part is that both books are loaded with familiar, popular songs that have been chosen for their kid-friendly appeal.

Piano for Kids, by Jennifer Linn, Manager of Educational Piano at Hal Leonard, sets a new standard for clarity of instruction to present a very concise, step-by-step approach to quickly synchronize two hands with a clear mental image of each musical goal, using fun songs like “Let It Go” from Frozen, “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music,“Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, and pop classics like “Lean on Me.”

Drums for Kids, by Scott Schroedl, has students quickly building their music reading skills by following easy notation to songs like “Purple Haze,” “Old Time Rock & Roll,” “Wild Thing,” or “Surfin’ U.S.A.”and playing along with easily accessed audio demonstration tracks that can be downloaded or streamed using the unique code inside each book.

This feature, provided with both Piano for Kids and Drums for Kids, includes Hal Leonard’s exclusive PLAYBACK+ multi-functional audio player to slow down or speed up the tempo, change keys, or set loop points, all for the price of the instruction book.

Explains Jennifer Linn, “While most beginning piano methods use obscure melodies that are probably unfamiliar to today’s young people,Piano for Kids breaks new ground by teaching the musical elements through well-known, popular songs most kids already know.  The audio tracks included with this book are a great teaching tool, encouraging kids to listen, learn, and play along!”

Adds Scott Schroedl, “Drums for Kids is the first book of its kind to carefully sequence lessons for drummers of such a young age.  Other drum methods contain mostly public domain folk songs or unknown original song examples.  With Drums for Kids, we want kids to learn to play songs that are fun and recognizable, so we’ve woven popular, copyrighted songs into the lessons.”

Other titles in the Hal Leonard “For Kids” method book series includeHarmonica for Kids (2015), Ukulele for Kids (2011), Guitar for Kids(2010), and Bass for Kids (2010).

Piano for Kids and Drums for Kids are available from fine music and bookstores everywhere or by visiting www.halleonard.com.

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Pretty Bling from Pearl & Clasp

Just in time for my birthday, I got some pretty bling from Pearl & Clasp. It’s a perfectly sized pearl and silver bracelet with strategically placed bobs. I love the texture and look of the round gems which give off a bit of a sparkle. Now, all I have to do is figure out where my husband is taking me for dinner so I can show off my pretty, new bling. Happy Birthday to me!

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prettyFrom Pearl & Clasp:

With full-time jobs and a combined 10 children between them, Pearl & Clasp co-founders and neighbors Tara and Sari saw firsthand that women need to look stylish, even if they don’t have unlimited funds or time to shop. Pearl & Clasp was born from the need for busy women to get unique jewelry and professional jewelry repairs without wasting valuable time or overspending at their local boutique jewelry store. To meet these needs, Tara and Sari partnered with an experienced jeweler in New York’s Diamond District to provide restringing and jewelry repair services to women nationwide. At Pearl & Clasp, women can send in their pearls for restringing and have them delivered back to their door via FedEx or USPS without having to make a mad dash to the jewelry store during their lunch break or in between carpool runs. By opting for a practical workroom and a website-based business instead of an expensive storefront, Pearl & Clasp keeps its costs low and its quality high, making expert pearl restringing services and quality pearl jewelry with unique designs available to women in every state at the most affordable prices. Come visit our workroom on your next trip to New York and to see firsthand how every pearl necklace and pearl bracelet is restrung by hand, and how attention to detail is at the core of every knot we make. Get to know us!

Thank you to Pearl & Clasp for my complimentary bracelet in exchange for this review.
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