A glimpse into why Raffi wins awards.

What parents need to know

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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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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.

Families can talk 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."

Music details

Release date:October 15, 1996
Labels:PGD, Rounder
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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