When Lisa was little, she loved the Opposites book so much that it literally fell apart. At 19 months, she would amaze strangers by “reading” the book to herself wherever we were (beach, grocery line, restaurant). We put it back together with duct tape and it lasted through Bart as well, although Bart was more of a But Not the Hippopotamus kind of guy.
When Maggie was born, my awesome cousin gave her two Boynton collections, which included a fresh, new copy of Opposites, along with 6 others, including her faves, Barnyard Dance and Pajama Time.
This Christmas, the same awesome cousin (who is a literacy specialist with her school board and always gives very cool book gifts) gave each of my kids a Sandra Boynton music and lyrics collection. They are so, so awesome.
Maggie received Dog Train (which turned out to be the top pick of all the kids). The songs are funny, both to adults and kids and the tunes are catchy. Weird Al Yankovic and Kate Winslet do an awesome duet called “I Need a Nap”. Also Simpson-recommended is Doshie Luther’s “Wave Bye-Bye” where a 4-year-old finds herself at a grown-up party with her parents and wants to just get the hell out of there. Best line:
They said it was a party
But they made a mistake
How can it be a party
when there isn’t any cake?
Bart received Philadelphia Chickens, which is like a Broadway production featuring the voices of Meryl Streep, Scott Bakula, Laura Linney and Eric Stolz, among others.
Lisa received Rhinoceros Tap, advertised as “15 Seriously Silly Songs”. Bart likes the “Bad Babies” song best, which is a look at babies from a 5-year-old’s perspective.
Each CD came with a hardcover book with the music and lyrics and Boynton’s awesome illustrations and they even got the matching stuffed animal for each of the books. If you click on any of the links above, Amazon has a "Listen to Samples" feature. Do it... you'll be hooked!
If you are looking for kid music that doesn’t drive you around the bend, I highly recommend these three CD’s.