A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that they, too, might be in danger of drifting off to sleep as they listen to this album with their sleepy tots. And that's a good thing. Content and lyrics are fine for any age and great for exhausted parents: Kids will get lost in the music at bedtime instead of asking for that third drink of water.
What's the story?
Putumayo Kids is known for their countless award-winning albums that showcase unique children's music from all over the world. ACOUSTIC DREAMLAND is the fifth in a series of Dreamland albums, and features 11 singer-songwriters, such as Elizabeth Mitchell and Frances England, performing sweet lullabies that will lull any child to sleep. With original unplugged tunes, as well as covers of songs by James Taylor ("You Can Close Your Eyes"), the Allman Brothers ("Blue Sky"), Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Wilco, Dreamland is soothing for any age.
Is it any good?
With nothing more than an acoustic guitar and occasional chimes or strings, the music on this album helps children feel safe, warm, and loved when they're reluctant to be tucked into bed. The music is simple and soothing, with sweet, endearing lyrics that make it seem as if you could be singing it to your own child in the wee moments before slumber finally comes.
Mitchell's rendition of the Allman Brothers' classic "Blue Sky" is tender and full of hope, and Mark Erelli's version of Wilco's "My Darling" sings "because we made you, my darling, with the love in each of our hearts, because we were a family right from the start." It's a love poem to family and children. The unplugged tunes on Acoustic Dreamland will cause drowsiness in children -- and, no doubt, in some parents, too.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the music here is all acoustic. What does that mean? Do you like acoustic music? What do you like about it? Can you make out the sound of the guitar?
How can music change how we feel emotionally and even physically? Kids: If you felt scared at bedtime, do you think this music would make you feel better? Can you think of an example when music made you feel happy, excited, silly, or sad?
What does happy music sound like? What does sad music sound like?
Our editors recommend
For kids who love soothing sounds
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