Big Bird, Little Bird, Sleeveless, 2010; 35 min.; $14.99; http://www.sarahickman.com; ages 0 to 5.
Using a remarkable talent that is normally marketed to older listeners, Texas State Musician
Sara Hickman has produced a video album for children that will strike a range of chords in
everyone listening to her resonant voice. The songs are about love, family and bonding,
which she sings from the heart. Each is brought to life visually with delightful graphics unique to each track; the colorful images are set into gentle motion to capture and develop young attention spans. From a cappella renditions to acoustic and string accompaniment, everything in this set is pitch-perfect. The tender lyrics – both uncomplicated and easy to sing-along with – hint at the challenges ahead for budding personalities who will continue to turn to these songs as they grow. It is hard to say who will enjoy this more: parents, grandparents or kids. In a separate track, Sara gives unusual parenting tips in a chatty, nature-mom, artist-next-door style that are helpful and not at all academic. Important note: this album was recorded at a higher-than-usual volume so turn down the volume dial before playing.
Thank you, NAPPA! Thank you so much. I hope many families will enjoy and grow with the animated shorts (created by Shiny Object/me) and parenting tips (Xlantic/Federico Haro shot this footage) that we’ve created for you all to enjoy.
Blessings! Gratitude! Joy!