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“From the Tangled Tunes series of Cantata Learning, The Muffin Man is a delightful storybook/music/CD combo package that sets the scene for the song story about “The Muffin Man,” who bakes and sells delicious muffins, and lives on Drury Lane. Bright, comical, stylized illustrations reminiscent of the 50’s and 60’s decorate each page of treasured song lyrics, encouraging children to imagine the tale themselves as they hear and sing along with the song. A funny brown dog named Cupcake accompanies the Muffin Man throughout his day, cleaning up stray crumbs and spills with hilarious efficiency, and shepherding the baker home from his shop when the day is done. The Muffin Man is completed with song lyrics, all verses, musical notation for the song, a glossary, suggested guided reading activities, and a list of related books in a section titled To Learn More.The Muffin Man is suitable for children ages 3-8, with interest level of pre-K through grade 3, and reading level 1-3.The Muffin Man book and CD is a splendid presentation of a classic rhyming story that reinforces the development of early learning skills, including physical, cognitive, and social and emotional learning.