Big Round World

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Soulful, relatable songs for school-aged kids.

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Positive Messages

Celebrates individual differences and emphasizes the importance of manners. Pays tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks.

Violence & Scariness

Hitting your alarm clock doesn't count.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Halloween candy doesn't count.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the 14 songs on this CD address a wide variety of topics of interest to younger school-aged kids. Real-life moments both large and small -- from Rosa Parks' bus ride to ripping a hole in your favorite jeans -- are fair game in these clever, well-performed songs.

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What's the story?

Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimlet -- aka Trout Fishing in America -- deliver 14 original songs about both everyday life concerns (a hole in your favorite jeans, nasty alarm clocks, the importance of good manners, the history and horrors of spinach) and big, important concepts (Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s contributions to the world, embracing individuality and personal differences). There's also a fantastical romp with a tiger and a monkey, life lessons learned while training a puppy, and a cautionary rockabilly tale about rumors and gossip.

Is it any good?

All of the songs are performed with taste, integrity, and humor in the duo's signature soulful style. Idlet and Grimlet's dusky, comfortable voices and bluesy instrumental accompaniment are easy to hear and understand without ever talking down -- musically or lyrically -- to children of any age. As a result, BIG ROUND WORLD is one of those albums that parents might find themselves listening to even when there are no kids in the car.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the topics raised in the song "Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks." Kids: What do you know about these two heroes of the Civil Rights movement? How could you find out more? How do you think the world would be different if they hadn't done what they did? What can you do to make the world a better place for everyone?

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