Item description for The Presidents' Rap - CD/book kit -NEW VERSION (to George W. Bush) (History) by Sara Jordan & Blaine Selkirk...
Overview Over a dozen songs in different musical styles complementing each historical period. Teaches Presidential History from
Publishers Description Suitable for children of ages 9 to 12 years, this title presents a comprehensive, illustrated, encyclopedic summary of the history of the American Presidents from Washington to George W Bush.
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Studio: Jordan Music Productions
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.25" Width: 6.78" Height: 1.08" Weight: 0.37 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2001
Publisher Jordan Music Productions
Grade Level Multiple Grades
ISBN 1894262522 ISBN13 9781894262521
Availability 0 units.
More About Sara Jordan & Blaine Selkirk
Sara Jordan has been creating educational songs to help kids learn since 1990. Motivated by the needs of her own children and her students, her company now publishes a series of over thirty different audio kits including songs that teach reading readiness, ESL, grammar, phonics, math, history, Spanish and French.
Sara Jordan currently resides in Toronto. Sara Jordan was born in 1953.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Presidents' Rap - CD/book kit -NEW VERSION (to George W. Bush) (History)?
Not really what I'd hoped for -- a little disappointing Jun 23, 2005
The concept is a great idea, but the result...not so great.
The songs are not in the genre of the presidents' eras as one review mentioned. There is one march, and most of the rest are attempts at a very white man rapping. His rapping is much better than his singing I'm sad to report. I think a variety of vocalists would have gone a long way to improve this item. Also, I am not opposed to rap music, just bad rap music...if you do not approve of this genre, you would probably want to stay clear of a CD with RAP in the title. The music is not harsh, just not great that's all.
However, there is a lot of information within the songs and they are mostly accurate. Many of the songs are WAY too long to be considered catchy, but a few of them are decent. One of my daughters really enjoys reading the words along with the music so this version with the book is great for her.
I would be leary of who I recommend this to, and thoughtful of the purpose. This is not going to win any musical awards, but as a unique teaching tool, it can be effective. I would probably not play this to a group of children who listen to real rap music as they would not get past laughing at this attempt -- maybe give them the book and let them rap it (that could be fun). It does have its uses though, and is thorough.
If you are learning about the presidents and want to expose your children to music of that era you'll need to buy a couple of different CD's, there are many albums available for colonial, revolutionary, civil war, and civil rights periods. Another unique option is the CD "Presidential Campaign Songs 1789-1996" that I found here at this site. At least you can listen to samples of it before choosing to buy...which they should have done for this one!
Disappointment Dec 8, 2004
I ordered all Sara Jordan's addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division "unplugged" audio cd, they were excellent. They all have beautiful and soft musical tone that make them a joy to listen and very easy to remember. My child love them so much.
So I purchased this presidents rap audio cd, especially with another reviewer's strong recommentation, but it turned out to be very disappointing. The hash and annoying rap noise made us very unpleased to even finish to listen to it for 1 time.
Amazing Resource for Teaching Kids About the Presidents! Jul 23, 1999
I am not a music teacher. I teach 5th grade American History. Over the past few years, every single fifth grade student in my school has memorized this entire cassette which covers all of the Presidents! We do this by preparing these songs as a "musical show" each year in honor of Presidents' Day.
In my 20 years of teaching, this still proves to be the most exciting and well liked musical I have ever directed. What makes this especially interesting as a performance, is that each song is written in the style of the historical period, so although the kids may be rapping information about the Presidents, they are singing in classical, gospel, light opera, rock and pop styles.
Well done! Our school year wouldn't be the same without it!