Carole and Paula in the Magic Garden

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Tribute to '60s kids' show mixes folk, pop, peace, and love.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 2+
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Positive Messages

Woodie Guthrie’s "Don’t Push Me Down" sets the limits for fair play and "Nature’s Toys" inspires an appreciation for all things green. Overall, Carole & Paula present a soothing, friendly atmosphere all about the virtues of its era: peace, love, and harmony.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this album is a tribute to the '60s-era show The Magic Garden and features some of the most popular songs from the series. With both singers having a background in early childhood education and entertainment, The Magic Garden was a mix of puppetry, humor, music, and education.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysjallyn October 23, 2011

Great, classic show for children.

This was the most successful regional show for children in TV history. It is as fine today as it was then.
Kid, 10 years old November 9, 2012

this an awesome show!

I am ten years old and I think that if you are 2 or older you will really enjoy this show. This show has no violence, scary stuff or rude words.

What's the story?

Back in 1977 The Magic Garden was in its prime as a hit children's television show on PBS stations across the country. In fact in its 12-year history, it became the most successful regional children's program of its time. The CD, CAROLE & PAULA IN THE MAGIC GARDEN spotlights the stars of that show, Paula Janis and Carole Demas. Most of the songs are styled in the pair's trademark fast-paced, high-pitched lighthearted style. "The Hello Song" shows off the duo's memory and linguistic skills as they rattle off hundreds, maybe thousands of names in this introductory song, while the animated "Ragtime Annie" gives a glimpse at what the full-televised experience of the Magic Garden must have been like.

Is it any good?

Children will probably find the harmonious vocals soothing but some parents, especially those who aren't nostalgic for the classic TV show, might find themselves cringing a bit at the ultra-sweet (xylophone accompanied!) flowery singing. In fact, the six-minute "Happy Makes Me Clap" and over-the-top sound effects might be too much for some older listeners. But the majority of the songs are short and sweet and with "The Chuckle Patch" joke interlude and idyllic folk-rock tracks like "Happiness" (reminiscent of Peter, Paul and Mary) and a fine rendition of "Pop Goes the Weasel" this collection of retro songs should appeal to kids from any generation.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how music from television shows from today differ from those of the past. Think of your favorite PBS series. What are the songs like? Do the songs on this CD sound similar to your favorites from today?

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