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Little Big Songs tell realistic stories of the world seen from a young child’s point of view –
and with such catchy tunes, they’re fun to listen and sing along with.

1. Scrub-a-Dub (2:38)

Kids are always being told to wash their hands, and rarely want to. This simple, fun, sing-along links cleaning mucky fingers to washing dishes, buses and, finally, an elephant. ‘You can clean anything, if you Scrub-a-Dub’.

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2. The Day We Moved (2:30)

Moving house is a major event of childhood: not just a change of surroundings but an emotional upheaval invoking feelings of loss as well as excitement. This song explores both sides of this momentous experience – and all ends happily, of course.

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3. In the Family (2:55)

Uncles, aunts, cousins – where do they all fit in? And how come my cousins have the same granny as me? This song introduces all these characters, brings them together for Uncle Ray’s wedding, and joyfully proclaims, ‘They’re in the family’.

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4. Ladybird, Ladybird (2:45)

It’s summer, and you’re lying in the warm grass watching a ladybird as she tiptoes across your outstretched hand. How many spots on her back? Now her wing-cases open: don’t fly away, ladybird: stay and play for a while. An experience of tranquility and wonder – to relish.

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5. Ooh, That’s Lovely Grub (2:45)

Food, glorious food, in all its wonderful variety: this breezy, sing-along song rattles through a couple of dozen food favourites. Baps and bagels or chips and chapattis? Our tastes in food define us, so here’s something for everyone to like – and dislike too.

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6. What’s the Time, Mr Wolf? (3:50)

The concept of time is a hard one for children to grasp. This song uses question-and-answer to illustrate the sequence of events, from getting up to bedtime, that make up the day – and notes what the hands on the clock say each time.

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7. Pipes and Taps (3:15)

We take running water so much for granted. But where does our water come from? How does it get upstairs? And we need it for so many things, from cooking to washing to putting out fires: ‘If it wasn’t for the water, we would be sunk.’

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8. Have You Ever made a Wish? (3:50)

A gentle reflection on the rituals we perform as young children when we make a wish: take a breath and close your eyes? Cross your fingers, or turn around three times? A wistful, musically atmospheric meditation, and a good song to fall asleep to.

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9. They’re Digging Up the Road Again (1:45)

Workmen have made a huge hole in the road – amazing, how do they do that? – and the queue of cars at the new traffic light grows ever longer. Sung by Florence and Rebecca, aged 13, this tuneful, sing-along number recounts the chain of consequences: ‘Oh, gosh, teacher will be cross; What a hike, should have come by bike.’

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10. The Smallest Christmas Tree (2:50)

The smallest tree in the forest lies unwanted in the corner of the yard where the Christmas trees are sold. But we rescue it, decorate it and place our gifts under it – and this humble tree brings the spirit of Christmas home.

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11. Goodnight, Mr Moon (3:30)

Jerry’s arrangement of a lullaby “learned from my grandmother, that she probably learned from hers”. A wonderful, gently atmospheric song to fall asleep to, sung by Anne, Florence and Rebecca.

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