If your looking for a different kind of present then I can thoroughly recommend ‘The Land of sometimes‘. A magical place where four seasons pass in one day and everyone who lives there has a song.
The CD tells the tale of twins Alfie and Elise’s journey through the ‘Land of Sometimes‘ where they encounter a wonderful array of colourful characters.
Each song is cleverly linked by the velvety, smooth voice of a narrator who carries the listener along from one song to another effortlessly. Clever use of descriptive language not only engages children but also indirectly expands their vocabulary which for my eldest has been an invaluable aid to her school work and her song writing (a blog post for another day!).
The songs themselves are simple, fun and clear. Exposing the listener to a wonderful range of melodies covering the likes of Disco, New Orleans Jazz, Irish Folk, Poetry and Reggae to name but a few.
A slick production thankfully results in a audio musical that is pleasant for adults as well as children.
We have been listening to this in the car every day since receiving the CD and I have to admit to having the odd sneaky listen when the girls are not in the car. Give me ‘The ballad of the river slouch sling’ any day!
Then there’s the CD case, which is actually a book. This contains captivating illustrations by Howard McWilliam that accompany each song helping to guide children through the story. My girls lovingly paw over the pictures in the back of the car and I would personally like to thank Mr McWilliam for making the last few weeks of the school run some of the least stressful mornings I have ever ever had!
A few of these pictures can also be bought as rather cool posters. We have the rather splendid Hush poster.
The ‘Land of Sometimes’ gets a massive thumbs up in this house. It engrosses the girls every time we play it, has lead to much singing and dancing, the odd piece of acting/story telling, doodling and all round happy times.
This truly is a CD that memories are made of.
Blue Bear Wood was sent a copy of this CD to review. All thoughts, observations and witterings are my own.