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Circle game : folk music for kids.
Publication Information:
Redway, CA : Music for Little People, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + booklet (5 pages)
General Note:
Compact disc.
Mr. Tambourine man -- Puff the magic dragon -- Happiness runs -- If I had a hammer (The hammer song) -- The circle game -- Shower the people -- You've got a friend -- There is a mountain -- El Condor Pass -- If you want to sing out -- Moon shadow -- Both sides now -- 59th Street Bridge song (Feelin' groovy)
Format :
Music CD


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
CR 132 Juvenile Compact Disc Open Shelf
CR 132 Juvenile Compact Disc Audio Visual
CR 132 Juvenile Compact Disc Audio Visual
CR 132 Juvenile Compact Disc Audio Visual

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Circle Game: Folk Music for Kids features a number of folk classics re-interpreted by relatively lesser-known performers in a style catering toward children. There's no shortage of classic songs here, some of the more noteworthy being Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" (performed by Tahkus Ekedal), Paul Simon's "59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" (performed by Priya Francis), Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" (performed by Ekedal), Cat Stevens' "Moon Shadow" (performed by Michael Bannett), and Carole King's "You've Got a Friend" (performed by Shoshana Bush). This album is both enjoyable to parents who grew up with this music in the '60s and '70s and also to children who are unfamiliar with these many wonderful songs. ~ Jason Birchmeier

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The flower-power era lives on this bright collection of popular folk tunes from the 1960s and early '70s performed by a cast primarily of child vocalists. The clear, earnest voices here seem wholly appropriate for these hopeful, forward-looking songs of tolerance and love. Such standards of the genre as "The Circle Game" and "Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell and "Puff the Magic Dragon" and "If I Had a Hammer," which were hits for Peter, Paul and Mary, are among the best-known selections here. "Mr. Tambourine Man," written by Bob Dylan, kicks off the proceedings that also include songs by James Taylor and Carole King and two tunes each by songwriters Donovan Leitch, Cat Stevens and Paul Simon. Though the singing may sometimes remind adult listeners of attending a middle-school concert (albeit a very good one), many kids will likely delight in discovering these "oldies" as sung by their contemporaries. Throughout, the standout guitar work and supporting vocals by producer/musician Sudhananda (who also plays piano, bass and harmonica, among other instruments) help make this a well-crafted and compelling recording. All ages. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 5-Thirteen time-honored folk songs comprise this refreshing sing-along title. Songs such as Pete Seeger's "If I Had a Hammer," Joni Mitchell's "The Circle Game," and James Taylor's "Shower the People" provide adults with a nostalgic look back, and children with a fine introduction to some of the best folk music of the 60s and 70s. Also included are Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," Lipton and Yarrow's "Puff the Magic Dragon," "You've Got a Friend," "There Is a Mountain" and "El Condor Pasa." Listeners will be feelin' groovy with Paul Simon's "59th Street Bridge Song." Talented child performers sing, occasionally joined with adult counterparts in unobtrusive harmony. Perfect for sing-alongs as well as general listening, this title will be a fine addition to children's music collections.- Kirsten Martindale, Buford Academy, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.