A Child's Celebration of Showtunes

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Marina Torres-Nemeth, Common Sense Media
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Kids of all ages find these tunes entertaining.

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Parents need to know that this CD will provide kids with exposure to varied styles of music. And such fine adult singing and confident kid singing, combined with delightful orchestration, can get your children to look further than current pop sensations for musical inspiration.

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What's the story?

A CHILD'S CELEBRATION OF SHOWTUNES, a Broadway collection geared toward kids, is full of happy, playful songs from classic shows that showcase youthful choruses alongside legends Julie Andrews, Mary Martin, and Dick Van Dyke. Although children figure prominently, several plots involve complex adult issues: orphans and poverty in Oliver, slavery and dictatorship in The King and I, and the impending Nazi threat in The Sound of Music. Use these kid-friendly songs to introduce your family to the musicals, and then decide which would be best for your family to view.

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Kids especially love "I Won't Grow Up," in which Peter Pan (the endearing Mary Martin in a bravura performance) encourages them to never grow up. "If I Were a Rich Man" from Fiddler on the Roof seems an odd choice, but Zero Mostel's performance is infectious, and his animal sound effects are quite funny. These songs encourage youngsters to celebrate their uninhibited make-believe side.

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  • Families can talk about how "Do Re Mi" serves as the basis for music. And "Whistle a Happy Tune" can inspire everyone to whistle (or learn how to) -- and discuss ways to face fear with confidence.

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