Ask the Planet

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Earnest lessons about the environment in kid-friendly songs.

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Positive Messages

Positive messages about taking care of the earth, and learning what we can from nature.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this kids' album provides an
easily understood lesson in "biomimicry," which the artist defines as "a practice that studies
nature's best ideas then imitates them to solve human problems."

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What's the story?

In
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cheerful songs like "I Want to Be Like a Tree" and "School of the
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Wild," ASK THE PLANET makes the concept of "biomimicry" (looking to nature for
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answers to human problems) understandable for the whole family. These seventeen
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earnest songs are environmentally conscious, family friendly, and a whole lot
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of fun.

Is it any good?

Montana singer-songwriter Amy Martin spearheads this project and -- with the help of some
talented friends -- does an admirable job presenting material that could get
tedious in less skillful hands. Highlights are the upbeat tracks, especially "School
of the Wild," a lively and rhythmic celebration of nature's genius. "What Kind
of Animal are You?" will appeal to younger kids with an animal fixation. "Get Out"
is a delightful invitation to play outside. The Missoula Coyote Choir, a group
of kids who sometimes sound enthusiastic and sometimes like they'd rather be
outdoors playing themselves, help bring the lessons home.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the concept of biomimicry. Have you

  • ever thought about asking nature for an answer to your human problem? Have you ever even heard the word "biomimicry"

  • before? Can you think of some examples?

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