His endearing vocals, infectious tunes, and wholehearted respect for children make Raffi’s albums an indispensable part of the family music library. This calm, bearded Armenian-Canadian -- the first superstar in the children's music world -- has made music that thoroughly enthralls toddlers and early-graders since 1976. But if you're a brand-new parent, or just somehow missed the Raffmeister when your older kids were born, now's the time to start collecting. Rounder Records has compiled three favorite Raffi albums into a new box set called RAFFI'S BOX OF SUNSHINE. It's Rounder's second Raffi box; the first was THE SINGABLE SONGS COLLECTION
, which contains Raffi's first three albums, including his all-time bestseller, SINGABLE SONGS FOR THE VERY YOUNG
. This new set compiles the albums RISE AND SHINE
, ONE LIGHT ONE SUN
, and EVERYTHING GROWS
, and includes several dozen Raffi favorites. Interspersed among original songs such as "Rise and Shine," "The Numbers Rumba," and "The Bowling Song" are traditional kids' songs ("Wheels on the Bus," "Tingalayo," and the sure-to-fetch-giggles "Apples and Bananas"), kid-friendly songs by music celebs (the Beatles' "Octopus's Garden"), multilingual tunes from other lands (Mexico's "De Colores," France's "Savez-vous Planter des Choux," Japan's "Haru Ga Kita"), and well-loved African-American spirituals ("He's Got the Whole World," Raffi's signature concert closer "This Little Light of Mine.") What's more, the box set includes bonus stickers by children's artist Eugenie Fernandes. RAFFI'S BOX OF SUNSHINE is an ideal introduction to an essential artist and an equally stellar addition to the fledgling Raffi music collection.