Bananaphone

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A glimpse into why Raffi wins awards.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this album bundles educational elements into a very enjoyable package. In "C-a-n-a-d-a," children are introduced to the unique elements of the singer's homeland. "First Peoples" covers many First Nations by name and highlights key cultural values. The ecological theme that runs through "The Changing Garden..." and "Naturally" is especially thought-provoking.

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Written byAnonymous March 8, 2018

Let's Talk About the "This Album/Song is About SEX!!!" Reviews...

There are NO sex references on this CD; it is 100% kid-friendly. However, many people love taking innocent stuff and do not-so-innocent things to them. Chances... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byHail hitler August 30, 2016

COLOR ME PURPLE AND CaLL ME A MONKEY'S UNCLE THIS SONG IS GASH DARN DIRTY

THIS IS INAPPROPRIATE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN. TAKE CAUTION PARENTS! THIS SONG REFERENCES SEXUAL ACTS!!!

What's the story?

We catch a glimpse of Raffi's award-winning talent on BANANAPHONE. The title track and \"The Gorilla Song\" are musically infectious and lyrically ingenious while remaining simple enough for all to appreciate. \"The World We Love\" and \"The Changing Garden of Mr. Bell\" are sweet and gentle, and both inspire respect for the world in which we live. At a few points, though, the album loses a bit of its sparkle. Two instrumental cuts, \"Spring Flowers\" and \"Dee Myth,\" seem out of place, and adaptations of such folk tunes as \"Michael Row Your Boat Ashore\" and \"Down by the Riverside\" are somewhat sluggish.

Is it any good?

Raffi's gift for soothing children was in evidence when one very active 4-year-old listener hit the brakes and decided it was time for a spontaneous rest. Raffi's warm, gentle tone is prevalent throughout BANANAPHONE.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the topics introduced, such as the culture of First Nations. A few of the songs can serve as a great introduction to the importance of being "green."

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