Ella Jenkins ‘123s and ABCs’ from Smithsonian Folkways {Children’s Music Review}



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Smithsonian Folkways distills the genius of America’s ‘First Lady of Children’s Music:’
Ella Jenkins: 123s and ABCs available January 28th

Ella Jenkin’s has quite the way with words, song, and grasping the attention of listeners. I know my three year old son has certainly enjoyed listening, learning, getting up and moving, and singing along with her latest album! There are a lot of great songs here and some are presented in English, Spanish, Swahili, and Yiddish.

On Ella’s album 123s and ABCs children are introduced as well as possibly reacquainted with some well and some not so well known (at least by me) songs featuring numbers and the alphabet. My son knew a few of these to begin with and after a few more times of playing the album, he’s caught on to the new to him songs. What makes this album really neat too is that Ella is also accompanied by children singing along on a variety of tracks!


1. Easy as ABC
2. Johnny Had One Friend
3. One, Two, Three, Four, Five
4. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
5. One Potato, Two Potato
6. Eight Clay Pigeons
7. Counting from One to Ten in Spanish
8. Counting in Swahili
9. One, Two, Three, O’ Leary
10. Numbers and Alphabets
11. ABC’s
12. And One and Two
13. Ten Green Bottles
14. Farmer Brown had Ten Green Apples
15. The Rabbi Teaches ABC’s/ English ABC Song
16. This Old Man

This album has great education benefit and would be perfect to use in a school, camp, or home setting for children up the age of five, in my opinion. We certainly like this album and will be playing it many more times. It’s been really great in helping his counting skills as well as alphabet too. The CD comes with a 28 page booklet of lyrics and playtime is about half an hour long.

Interested in Purchasing?123’s and ABCs is available for pre-order now via Amazon, iTunes, and  Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.