What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this CD of songs about dinosaurs will entertain and educate the whole family, but the sophisticated music and vocabulary is more appropriate for the school-age child than the youngest ones. The 3-D cover graphic of a sharp-toothed dinosaur opening and closing its mouth might be scary for preschoolers, and there is mention of a mummy and T.Rex Sue's "58 teeth made to munch and crunch."
What's the story?
Setting the stage for A T. REX NAMED SUE, jazz great Al Jarreau begins with a story about fossil hunter Sue Hendrickson's discovery of T. rex. Jarreau then sings the funky and fun \"Bones\": \"Sue's got a whole lot of bones, A stack of Bones, A rack of Bones, A Huge gigantic pack of Bones.\" Another highlight is rock/blues legend Bonnie Bramlett giving it her all on \"Sue's Chicago Blues.\" Among the other tracks are Jill Levine singing dino disco, Rosie Flores singing a boogie woogie, and Renee Sandstrom offering a folky \"Where Did the Dinosaurs Go?\" Dinosaurs may be extinct, but this CD will have a long life.
Is it any good?
Every song on this dazzling CD is a gem -- combining a variety of musical styles integrated by the prehistoric theme. For example, rap song "Colossal Fossil," performed by The ChakFather featuring Anson Dawkins, defines carnivore and describes the T. rex: "Her height at the hips -- 13 feet! What did she eat? She ate raw meat!" There's even a swing-era tribute to museums all over the world: "See 'em in the Museum," wonderfully delivered by Gregg Himelstein and horn section. Produced by Mike Himelstein, the recording is top-notch, the performances excellent. Best of all, the songs open minds to learning more.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about dinosaurs and their allure, and use the songs as starting points for learning more about them, as well as about paleontologists, the United States, bones, evolution, and extinction.