A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this CD combines silly, whimsical songs about mesmerizing cows, affectionate penguins, and fast-paced turtles with music from bygone eras. Kids will get schooled in music styles like Big Band, patriotic marches, surf rock, doo-wop, and the blues. But just because the music is old school doesn't mean that these are the songs your grandparents listened to. With irreverent and flat-out silly lyrics, each song welcomes listeners. These songs should definitely fit into the category of parent and kid-pleasers. Note: although available as a digital download, the CD version can only be purchased with its accompanying hardcover book of the same name.
What's the story?
Sandra Boynton is one of those modern-day icons of children's literature. Her books are nearly prerequisites for parenting a toddler or preschooler, and many of her more recent reads have included musical accompaniment, such as the irrepressible Philadelphia Chickens. BLUE MOO: 17 JUKEBOX HITS FROM WAY BACK NEVER follows suit, bringing together some big names in the music biz, like Neil Sedaka, Brian Wilson, and B.B. King for a blast into the past with sounds from the '40s, '50s, and '60s.
Is it any good?
Listening to Brian Wilson sing "Speed Turtle" could almost make you think this album uncovered a lost Beach Boys track. That's because these new recordings are that authentically good. Now it's possible to gather the family together and be musically transported back in time to the era of bobby socks and poodle skirts. The boys from Sha Na Na are even featured on the additively enjoyable "Gorilla Song!" With a balanced mix of tender tunes like Davy Jones' "Your Personal Penguin" mixed with absurdly silly songs such as "Singing in the Shower" and "The Uninvited Parade," fans of Boynton's light-hearted attitude will find a whole lot to moo about.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how people used to listen to music. We now use iPods and MP3 players, but how did your parents listen to music? What is a jukebox anyway, and have you ever seen one? Do you think it's easier to listen to music today? Would you enjoy dancing with your friends to music from a jukebox?
Talk about enjoying this album together. How can you enjoy other media as a family?
Talk about ways to incorporate exercise into music time. Can you think of ways to get moving while you listen to this CD? Why is staying active an important part of staying healthy, even for young children?