Ellis Paul

Review- School Library Journal

The Dragonfly Races. CD. 40:12 min. Prod. by Flynn. Dist. by CDBaby.com. 2008. $15.

PreS-Gr 3—Critically acclaimed folk singer Paul Ellis's children's music debut hits its mark in every way. Each of the 13 original songs has a message ranging from the idea that we go to the moon, dive deep in the ocean, and climb Mt. Everest because they are there to the anti-war song, "The Million Chameleon March," about these creatures who marched to Washington to share their thoughts with the President. Also included are tunes about the fun things to discover on a road trip and that mysterious star that is found in the center of the apple. While some of the topics might seem beyond the youngest children, Ellis's perfect blend of music and lyrics makes these ideas completely accessible. A true example of Ellis's talent is the beautiful four part harmony song, "The Little Red Rose." Many of the songs would work well as discussion starters. A solid addition to any collection.—Veronica Schwartz, Des Plaines Public Library, IL

updated: 11 years ago