I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
I was thrilled to receive a copy of Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer's SING TO YOUR BABY. When I used to work in a public library, I got to do both a Preschool storytime and a Bookbabies storytime. Libraries were just starting to do storytimes specifically for babies and caregivers and I absolutely loved it. More and more often people are starting to understand how important the first five years of a child's life really are in terms of learning. Engaging with our youngest children through song, fingerplay and other interaction can be so important in their development. Plus, it has the added benefit of helping caregivers bond with children.
This wonderful book and CD set helps parents and other caregivers get started in what will hopefully be a lifetime habit of singing to their children. The book works as both a primer that teachers parents HOW to sing to their children and also as a lovely picture book and music CD. The book includes sections on the importance of music and singing to one's child as well as good "how to" information. Colorful illustrations accompany the lyrics to each song. On the CD itself, the authors have included two tracks for each song in different keys so that female and male caregivers can more easily learn the songs. The songs range from sweet lullaby-like songs to fun catchy "get up and dance" songs. Although many songs are geared to babies and younger children, my almost four-year-old really enjoyed them. We listened to the CD while preparing dinner and it had the whole family dancing along. These songs could easily become a part of any family's traditions. When I asked my son what his favorite song was I was surprised when he chose one of the slower, sweeter songs, "Love is What I Feel For You."
To learn more about the book and hear samples of the music, go here.
BOTTOM LINE: Highly recommended! I can't stress enough how important it is to engage children in music at a very young age. This set provides the perfect "How To" while introducing families to music that will be favorites for years to come. This would be a great gift for any new parent.