Last fall I was contacted by a very loyal reader* who said her husband had produced a music CD for children. She asked if I would consider reviewing it and giving a couple away to my readers.
What kind of music was it? Polkas for kids.
I know, the only two polkas I even vaguely know are the “roll out the barrel” song from Zoom (geez, am I showing my age there?) and hearing The Chicken Dance at many a wedding. But Buddy and Princess love music-and Yankee Bill’s father grew up in Northern PA and grew up dancing and listening to Polkas all his life**, so even though I don’t do a lot of reviews I decided to give it a shot.
It also didn’t hurt that I love to be able to give something away to you guys.
But then life intervened-and here it is March and I am very embarrassed to just be getting around to conducting the review. Sigh.
Pint Sized Polkas retails for $11.98 and contains 15 fun and educational children’s songs. You can head on over to their website to listen to the songs (just click on “music”). From the website:
Children of all ages will learn about the alphabet, numbers, careers, the benefits of drinking milk, personal hygiene and even a fancy new dance step or two! Put the fun of polka together with great education. . .
I wasn’t sure how my kids would like polka music.
One of Buddy’s (age 5) favorite songs is “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” by John Denver, which is full of bouncy, happy banjo music. Since Polka music is happy music-have you ever heard a sad polka?-I figured there was a pretty good chance that Buddy would like it.
Princess (age 7) on the other hand seems to be desperate to become a preteen as soon as possible and adores Hannah Montana, Jonas Brothers and The Cheetah Girls. I was laying even odds that she’d just turn up her nose.
The first day I had the music on Princess wandered through the room and commented on the “weird” music. The next day I asked Buddy to hang out with me and listen to the CD. Princess came in while it was playing and wound up sticking around just to listen. Their comments?
Buddy: It’s good. Can I keep the CD up in my room?
Princess: I think it’s cool. I started thinking it was silly, but the more I listened to it the more I liked it. It made me laugh-it was really funny music. I really think that this is pretty cool music but it is pretty funny, and any moms with kids-the kids will probably like it.***
They proceeded to listen to the entire CD twice through. They played the Chicken Dance alone about 4 times.
So yes, I would recommend this CD for someone looking for some happy, fun music for their kids.
What, you don’t have money in the budget to spend on children’s CDs? That’s ok, we understand. Lucky for you I have 2 copies of “Pint Sized Polkas” to give away to readers! If you are interested in winning a copy, just leave a comment with a way to contact you. If you have a twitter account you can get a second entry by tweeting a link to the drawing and then coming back here and leaving another comment letting me know about it.
The drawing closes on Sunday at 12 Noon EST, and I will be randomly drawing 2 names and posting them by 5pm.
If you don’t win the contest 🙁 and are interested in buying a copy of Pint Sized Polkas-buy it through one of the links here on this post-Uncle Mike will waive the shipping & handling fee.
*Note: Really-this wasn’t just a PR person who read 2 posts and tried to pretend they knew what was going on
*Note: The only song that my FIL danced to at our wedding was a polka. Up till the day he died, every Sunday morning he would listen to a local radio station’s special once a week polka show.
***Note: I did not tell her to say that! She’s a born saleswoman that one. .
Photos by Bethany King