What are reviewers saying about this CD?
School Library Journal November 2011
PreS-Gr 3-Award-winning performer Rachel Sumner's seventh album features 14 original and traditional songs and two stories. Excellent vocal and instrumental performances on keyboard, flute, mandolin, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, brass, drums, percussion, and washboard enhance the songs, which are performed in a variety of musical styles, including swing, jazz, reggae/ska, Latin, sea shanty, rock, and folk. "Tap Those Toes" and "Doctor Knickerbocker" include participatory movements.
"All Around the World" teaches phrases from Spanish, French, German, and Japanese. "Funga Alafia" is a West African welcome song, and "La Mariposa" is a traditional Bolivian song. "Cookin' in the Kitchen" encourages listeners to perform on pots, pans, wooden spoons, turkey basters, and other kitchen implements. Other songs include "The New Itsy Bitsy Spider," "I'd've Baked a Cake," "Goldilocks," "Dry Bones," "Catch the Reading Bug," and others. Sumner expressively reads two stories. An adaptation of a traditional African folktale, "Imani's Trick" tells how a conflict arose between the flamingoes and the crabs at the local watering hole, resulting in flamingoes learning to stand on one leg. In "Chester's Surprise," Chester Chipmunk learns that caterpillars metamorphose into butterflies.
The enhanced CD contains lyrics, downloadable coloring sheets, and videos (how to make slide whistle sounds with a turkey baster and footage of caterpillars turning into butterflies). This exuberant album will be a great contribution to multicultural programs.
Beverly Wrigglesworth, San Antonio Public Library, TX
"Educational as well as entertaining, Tap Those Toes features catchy, exuberant songs brimming with vigor and love. Putting the CD in one's computer yields bonus material: song lyrics, activities, pictures, and more. Highly recommended, especially for children's library collections."
Children's Bookwatch, July 2011
What are educators, children's librarians and dance teachers saying about this CD?
"Tap Those Toes is a multicultural delight, sampling songs and styles from around the world. These songs and stories celebrate the joys of friendship, movement, and reading."
Jeanne Steinbrenner, Children's Librarian, Pittsford Community Library
Rachel's music is a dance teacher's wish come true – Songs that adults will totally enjoy while watching their children perform AND everything needed to inspire choreography... fabulous instrumentation, strong rhythms, lyrics that suggest movement, and expressive vocals that encourage expressive faces.
Rachel Sumner's music will help your child develop good taste in music. If you are looking for cutesy "kiddie" songs – you've come to the wrong place. If you're looking for fun, sophisticated music for intelligent children – you've found it!
Marci Murphree, Owner of Second Story Dance Studio
Rachel Sumner’s new collection of children’s music will delight kids, parents and teachers everywhere. The diverse styles and excellent arrangements take us on a journey through music from many cultures and eras; jazz, rock-n-roll, reggae, African percussion are all performed beautifully by the ensemble. Rachel’s singing is accomplished and clear, making the lyrics easy to understand. Her dramatic presentations of different characters in the stories will engage even the youngest listeners.
Most songs lend themselves easily to movement activities that can be performed at home or at school. Music teachers will love the opportunity to introduce some of the instruments; muted trumpets, piano, marimba, accordion, guitars, etc. Teachers of students who are learning English will find several songs with phrases in Spanish as well as other languages. Many albums of music for children use very simple guitar accompaniment, or synthesizers. This album presents the full range of instrumentation and vocal styles. Every teacher of pre-K through second grade students will fall in love with this impressive offering from Rachel Sumner, and will wear it out as their students request their favorite numbers over and over, again.
Melissa Javors, Paragon Mills Elementary, Music and Elementary Educator
"From the first note to the last: a happy experience!"
Donna Reagan, Children’s Librarian, Bellevue Library