>Rocketship Run (Laurie Berkner) Review & $25 Little One Books Giveaway- Solutions for Your Resolutions


I have much, much love for children’s books and children’s music.  At times it can honestly get overwhelming, with all of the choices out there.  I can only imagine how much harder this is for someone who doesn’t have children of their own or doesn’t spend a lot of time around children- books and music are such amazing gifts that just keep giving, but how do you know where to start?  This is where Little One Books comes into play. 

Little One Books is a really great site, and definitely one to bookmark if you have children you shop for, oh, ever?!  What they’ve done is taken children’s music, videos andbooks and broken it all down into groupings by age range- and mark things by the youngest appropriate age for use/enjoyment- all with the help of child development professionals.  Know a 4 year old who loves dinosaurs?  They’ll have ideas.  A three year old who has a fiery passion for jungle animals?  They’ll have ideas for you, too!  Know a 5 year old who only likes silly music?  Again, they have you covered!! The folks at this company aren’t just selling books, cds and DVDs for kids- they personally select all of the items they sell and work hard to match products with the right ages.  It kind of takes the stressful guesswork out of things!!

The only issue I have with the folks at Little One Books is that they won’t actually make the decision for you.  I get so excited at the thought of sharing a brand new book or music with my kids that I have a hard time deciding…haha.  But ultimately, I chose Laurie Berkner’s Rocketship Run CD to review.  I’m so glad I did!!

This is such a fun CD.  Seriously.  We’ve heard some of Laurie’s work before, and adored it, but haven’t heard much aside from that and I don’t know why. I haven’t really met anyone that is familiar with Laurie Berkner that doesn’t love her.  She can make just about anything into a super fun song thats 100% kid-friendly and makes you want to get up and move your parts!!  This CD is cute in that it has a kind of “theme” throughout of a treasure hunt. The booklet that is included even has treasures to hunt for. 
You won’t just hear singing on this CD- you’ll hear fast music, slow, gypsy, folk, blues- country- tons of fun instrument sounds and even a “penny whistle” (I had to look what that was called up!).  I love exposing my kids to fun music like this and I am so glad I did.  The variety of different sounds and music styles brings a lot to the table! 
Singing and dancing is such a great bonding activity- and such a great mood booster- its hard to be cranky when you are dancing around singing silly lyrics at the top of your voice!!  We love, love love to sing along with Laurie 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 BLASTOFF (Rocketship Run)!- and we love to sing LOUDLY!!  (Apologies to the neighbors- good thing we live on 1+ acre lots so not everyone has to listen).  Going on a hunt (hand jive version) is a very close second favorite around here. 

1.Rocketship Run
2.Going on a Hunt (ska)
3.Mouse in My Toolbox
4.Candy Cane Jane
5.All Around My Room
6.One More Stop on the Train
7.Going on a Hunt
8.Jump and Fly
10.Five Days Old
11.Mr. Bassman (and Piano Girl)
12.Winter Lullaby
13.Let’s Samba
14.Going on a Hunt (conga)
15.My Blue Sailboat
16.Balance Beam
18.Fast and Slow (The Rabbit and the Turtle)
19.Going on a Hunt (jig)
20.Farm Song (That’s What I Did on the Farm)
22.Walk Along the River
23.Going on a Hunt (hand jive)
24.Fly Me To The Moon

Want to win a $25 Gift Certificate to Little One Books and grab a copy of this CD for your house?  Or something else from the site? 

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This giveaway will end on February 1, 2011 at midnight, EST.  One entry per household.  Winner to be chosen using random.org.  US only.  Winner has 48 hours from my initial contact to respond or a new winner will be chosen.  Good luck!!

I was provided with a sample of this to facilitate my review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.  

About the author: I’m a 30-something mom to three, brand ambassador. content creator, social media maven, blogger extraordinaire, earth lover, butcher, baker, candlestick maker (or something along those lines) – love word games, crafting, cake decorating or shooting pictures.

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