The Taos News says, come on out!
The author describes it as "rousing children’s music that’s fun for adults, too." She describes the collaborative songwriting that Felipe has done with the animal songs:
Many of the songs are co-written by Mister Felipe’s students at Anansi Charter School. It happens like this. Mister Felipe begins a few licks on the guitar and suggests to his students “Let’s write a song about a kangaroo.” He throws out a phrase, “Hoppin’ through the savannah ...” And then asks, “What rhymes with savannah?” A kid shouts out, “chompin’ on a banana?” then giggles, “Not really.” “Wait, wait.” says Mister Felipe. “That’s good.” And, it sticks. Another kid comes up with the second line, “Cause they eat leaves from the trees,” and so it goes. The spontaneous collaboration works, really. The resulting lyrics are playful and informative.
Click aquí to hear a demo version of the "Peek-a-boo Kangaroo" song
The Opinionated Parent has una opinión muy positiva
The reviewer's "kids started dancing as soon as [she] put the CD on." Here is an excerpt of what she wrote:
We are constantly listening to the CD in the car now, displacing other favourites. My youngest taps his toes to the music and my five year old recognizes some of the Spanish words. Each song focuses on a specific topic, ranging from counting to colours. Including children in the songs, singing along is always an added bonus. Our favourites (so far) are "I Like Animals (Me Gustan Los Animales)" and "Let�s Go Outside (Vamos Afuera)".
The CD is so cool that each song is a different style of music, like rock, reggae and Mambo, to mention a few. The variety really fits together well, leaving even parents grooving to the music.
Boston Children's Music says "¡Sí!"
In an article titled "5 Amazing Ways Music Can Teach Your Child a Foreign Language", the team at Boston Children's Music endorses Mister Felipe:
One of the cool things about this CD is that Mister Felipe samples all sorts of different traditional song styles, like Merengue and Mambo, Bolero and Ranchera. It's really fun to hear the different musical styles and see how they change the mood of the songs. Mister Felipe also includes lots of kids' voices on his songs, which children find irresistible, and hearing kids speak in both English and Spanish makes the language seem much more accessible. Mister Felipe is also very good at introducing Spanish vocabulary in one song then using it again in another so that you really feel like you are using what you have learned.
Happy Healthy Families loves it!
Irene Bellamy, who blogs at HappyHealthyFamilies.com
, calls Cruzando el Border a "fun, educational and 'get dancing' kind of CD".
The album, "Mister Felipe-- Cruzando El Border" brings wonderful bilingual music for kids to sing along with, dance to, and laugh with.
In his album, Handmaker combines English and Spanish, and my kids love it, which makes me very happy as I know that right now my munchkin boys are like sponges soaking up whatever educational resources that I can provide them. When they listen, sing and dance around as they are actually learning Spanish words, months, numbers and even the alphabet, it is awesome.
Mr. Felipe has a great website where not only can you hear the songs, read lyrics kids can learn about different instruments, print out fun coloring pages, and check out fun examples of Spanglish that visitors send in.
Read the press release about the íFuera, Perro!
video on the website for the Art Center Design College: click aquí