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Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Sweet kiddie music also includes some traditional faves.

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Positive Messages

Particularly good message on the song "Kindness" about being kind to others all the time, "anytime, any place, any gender, any race, find the strength to stand up tall, help bring kindness to all."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Encourages kids to be kind to others, even when others are not.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this CD is a good one to play for your kiddos while you're trying to make dinner or driving the carpool; it's easy, kid-friendly music that will keep everyone in a good mood.

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What's the story?

PLAY is the second album from multi-talented singer-songwriter, author, and Connecticut music teacher, Suzanne Sherman Propp. Play features 12 tracks, many original, and includes such favorites as "Oh Susannah," "I've Been Working on the Railroad," "Brand New Key," and James Taylor's "Millwork."

Is it any good?

There's nothing to dislike on Propp's Play; with her cherubic vocals, inviting lyrics, and blend of folk and traditional music, kids will find it easy to sing along, or just have in the background as they play. "A -- You're Adorable" takes little singers through the alphabet, an unoriginal but always useful theme in kids' music, and "Kindess" is a breath of fresh air in its honest ode to the best rule of all -- being kind to everyone. "Patches" is a sweet song for giraffe-lovers that will teach kids a little about the geographic world, as well. It's obvious Propp is multi-talented and has a knack for singing to kids, and her music is enjoyable for parents, too.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about kindness. The song "Kindness" talks about being kind to everyone, all the time, even if it's not always the "popular" thing to do. When it comes to "fitting in," do you think the Internet has made it harder or easier to do so? Why?

  • What's your favorite song, and why? What instruments can you identify?

  • Do you prefer the new songs presented here, or the old standards? Why?

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