"The Good Ms Padgett has transformed “The Little Red Hen” and other classic children's stories into magical songs with fun melodies and empowering lessons. Sweet and smart, this album will engage and inspire your child, opening doors of their imaginations and spreading joy to listeners big and small."
– Elizabeth Mitchell
The Good Ms. Padgett is back! And she is ready to sing you some stories.
With her self-titled first release, The Good Ms. Padgett chronicled life with a baby in 18 songs that were “sweet, soothing, and… fun to sing along with.” (theopinionatedparent.com) There were “lullabies to dance tunes sung with a beautiful voice and instrumentation for babies, young children, and parents.” (atozkidstuff.com).
On March 20, 2012, The Good Ms. Padgett returns with "The Good Ms. Padgett Sings The Little Red Hen and Other Stories." This second full-length release offers The Good Ms. Padgett’s unique musical interpretations of four classic stories: “The Little Red Hen,” “Goldilocks,” “Henny Penny,” and “The Billy Goats Gruff.” Developed while teaching music to preschoolers, these playfully humorous story/songs are original, wise, and both earnest and whimsical. The Good Ms. Padgett will keep you company during naptime, transport you at story time, relax you when it’s time for bed and have you singing, dancing, and laughing at playtime.
The album begins with a beleaguered “Little Red Hen”, who, despite repeated encounters with her lazy friends’ refusals to help, returns tirelessly to her unforgettable anthem-like theme song, and makes a thankfully untraditional decision at the end of the story. “Goldilocks” is a surprisingly danceable take on the classic suspenseful tale. “Henny Penny” unfolds like a compelling musical theater number, following the exhilarating transformation of its main character from gullible goofball to smart, outspoken, and self-reflective fowl. “The Billy Goats Gruff” offers a refrain that is satisfyingly countrified, celebrating the triumph of three peace-loving, daisy-eating goats. With all four story/songs, the stripped-down arrangements – just voice and acoustic guitar – create a warm, intimate sound, as if The Good Ms. Padgett was right there in the room. The album's artwork, created by North Carolina artist Amanda Saxe Barr, features an 8-page booklet with illustrations for each story that perfectly capture the whimsical, homemade beauty of the album's sound.
In recent months, The Good Ms. Padgett has been introducing audiences to the stories from The Little Red Hen and Other Stories to audiences as part of Folkways artist Elizabeth Mitchell’s East Coast shows, inspiring singing and dancing on the part of parents and children alike. As familiar as you and your children may be with these stories, you have never heard them in such a playful, melodic way!