Michael Stern | All Colors, Shapes & Sizes

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All Colors, Shapes & Sizes

by Michael Stern

This is a CD for kids, but it's one that parents & educators can truly enjoy, too, especially those who are most concerned with nurturing positive self-esteem, non-violence, respect for diversity, tolerance, cooperation & peace.
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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1. If You Go On a Safari
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2. Love Makes a Family
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3. Talking Nautical
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4. You Are a Miracle
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2:56 album only
5. Always Remember I Love You
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6. This Little Light of Mine
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7. I Had a Little Rooster
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8. One World
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9. Four Winds
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10. River of Peace
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11. Lupine Lady
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12. I Like to Feel Pretty Inside
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13. Buckle Up for Safety
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14. Over the Rainbow
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15. Everyone of Us Deserves a Home
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16. Happy Trails
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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“All Colors, Shapes & Sizes” is a remarkable resource for kids, their parents & educators. Michael Stern sings & writes many of the songs on this CD. He also leads programs specifically for children, their families & educators aimed at celebrating diversity, promoting positive self-esteem, non-violence & conflict resolution. Utilizing his engaging & original songs, stories, & occasionally using slide shows & puppets, he accompanies himself on banjo or guitar. He encourages group participation & interaction as he blends meaningful & age appropriate content with humor & fun.

His background as a former Pre-school Teacher & Pediatric Emergency Room Nurse, an Instructor of Pediatric Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner & dad give him a unique perspective & wealth of experience in child development to combine with his musical & creative talents.

Michael is an ideal resource for special events at schools, libraries, & camps, as well as for parent/teacher & family programs. Examples of some of his kids programs are:
• “We Can Make a Difference” & “Make the World More Beautiful” both focus on empowering young people to believe they can make a difference in the world in relation to the environment, peace & getting along with each other.
• "Everyone of Us Deserves a Home" – nurturing concern for the service of others, using the powerful example of Habitat for Humanity.
• "We Still Have a Dream" – fostering the notion that dreams of great visionaries like Martin Luther King, Jr can stay alive when we strive to make them come true together.
• "Important Moments in History" - recalls historic events of both tragic injustice as well as courageous examples of creative alternatives to violence; using the ballad of Chief Joseph, images from the life of John Muir, Martin Niemoller’s opposition from within Nazi Germany, & the story of Japanese American internment in the U.S. during WWII.
• "Laughter for Health, Happiness & Peace" - Most people know intuitively from a very early age that a good laugh makes them feel better. A growing body of evidence now shows that laughter clearly reduces physical & emotional ailments, helps fight infection & can be used effectively in conflict resolution. Michael leads a sample laughter session for children or youth; & being that he’s a Certified Laughter Leader, it’s all perfectly safe & legal!
Commendations from educators about his children’s programs:
“Michael’s personable style brings a message of affirmation & diversity to the listener’s heart. His warmth & compassion are contagious. He invites children to participate in a unique musical experience of joyful celebration. I have personally seen children in Seattle to as far away as Malawi, Africa respond to his music with laughter & enthusiasm.”
Thelma Kauffman (Librarian, Kent School District)

“Michael’s presentation was interactive, refreshing & fun. His music reflects an obvious appreciation for world cultures & he integrates captivating personal experiences of his own travels. This assembly fit perfectly into our study of world cultures.”
Jo Richardson (School Assembly Coordinator,
Bellevue School District)


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Lisa Maynard

gentle, inspirational, funny, touching, catchy vocal music for kids
My four-year-old daughter and I love this CD! The songs are gentle and inspiring and beautifully sung. The tunes and folky musical arrangements are varied and yet flow smoothly on the CD. Lyrics are easy to understand and alternately touching and funny. The messages about diversity and valuing other people are lightly handled. I shared it with her preschool and the teacher chose "Love Makes a Family" as the song to close our preschool graduation ceremony last week (receiving many compliments on the choice). That song alone is worth the price of the CD, although my daughter's current favorite is the moving "You Are a Miracle," and I know another child who can't stop singing "Talking Nautical."