For years I've been including a nursery rhyme board book as part of my shower gifts to new parents, because as a new mom (21 years ago), I was lucky if I could remember the first line of basic children's classics like Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.
Recently I stumbled upon this terrific book that will now be my go-to gift for new parents:
The book and companion CD contains 35 nursery rhymes that are a blend of the well-known (Baa Baa Black Sheep); some great action songs (Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes); and few that might be new to you (The Clean Up Song), one Spanish (Pio, Pio, Pio) and several French rhymes (Alouette) with English translation provided.
I've listened to many such CD's over my years working with children; and even the best of them can grate on adult nerves, but babies seem to really respond to them positively. They love the rhyming text! This CD is pleasant enough to play for babies with songs sung mostly by female voices with an occasional chorus of children.
For gift giving, the perfect combination of written words and audio CD will help new parents and grandparents alike brush up on their nursery rhymes!
I was able to request a copy through my state's inter-library loan system to preview it before purchasing. This is a great option if you are interested in it for yourself, as you can burn the CD at home.