Baby Beluga

Music review by
Lisha Papert Lercari, Common Sense Media
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Folksy global songs presented beautifully.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the lessons taught include how to cross the street, respecting nature, counting, and French (half of "To Everyone in All the World" is in English, and the other half is translated into French). As proof of the singer's draw, 3-year-olds on a trip to the aquarium kept singing "Ba-by Ba-lu (uuu)-ga" during the long bus ride -- practicing their ability to associate melodic patterns with particular words.

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What's the story?

The BABY BELUGA album includes 10 musicians in addition to Raffi -- and their instruments include everything from guitars, piano, and drums to bones, kazoo, ukulele, and even ocean sounds. Raffi sings in his beautiful folk voice, joined by \"The Kids\" and the \"Honolulu Heartbreakers.\" Hearing the children's voices will inspire your kids to sing along, while the Heartbreakers may encourage you to chime in. Raffi also comes up with clever ways to teach valuable lessons. In \"Biscuits in the Oven,\" there is a pause in the music right after the words \"Gonna take my time when I cross the street.\"

Is it any good?

This is one of Raffi's best albums in terms of the variety and richness of arrangements. Don't be surprised if Baby Beluga moves you and your kids to tears -- especially during the beautiful "All I Really Need."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the basics of music understanding, including what instruments are heard during each song (parents can consult the liner notes for help).

Music details

  • Artist: Raffi
  • Release date: October 15, 1996
  • Labels: PGD, Rounder
  • Genre: Children's Music
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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