Three weeks ago, I (re-)introduced you to Don Spencer and his songs about Australian animals.
I thought I’d continue down the much-loved Australian children’s entertainer path. This week, I’m reviewing another book my daughter received for her birthday, containing the songs of Peter Combe.
Juicy Juicy Green Grass / Peter Combe and Danielle McDonald
(Scholastic Australia, 2014)
Boy oh boy, did 90s children’s songs have the best beat or what?
We love this little collection. There are four songs in Juicy Juicy Green Grass: the title track, The Silly Postman, Tadpole Blues and Red Says Stop.
Juicy Juicy Green Grass is the tale (song) of a sheep who can’t find any grass to eat. It’s summer, and the grass is brown and dry.
It has had an interesting effect on my daughter. She wondered why the sheep didn’t just buy some different food when the grass went brown. So we spoke about how food isn’t always available to everyone, and she’s decided that being fussy about food and saying, “I’m STARVING!” aren’t such good ideas. (In theory. Putting it into practice is proving difficult.)
I wasn’t initially familiar with the last two songs in the collection, but Tadpole Blues is now a firm favourite. The underlying message that we all change is a timely one, with my daughter growing faster than a weed and asking all sorts of questions about boys and girls, how our bodies are different and how they change. (By the way, I totally wasn’t ready for that conversation.)
Highly recommended for kids aged born and up. You can buy Juicy Juicy Green Grass from Booktopia here. You can also buy Peter Combe’s other book and CD collection Wash Your Face in Orange Juice from Booktopia here.
Or you can chance upon both of them at Aldi like I did! Jackpot.
Have you read and/or listened to Juicy Juicy Green Grass? What did you think?
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