A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that kids who love to sing for their supper will enjoy this CD. Every song is fast-paced, which should keep pace with kiddies' short attention spans. There's not really a whole lot of substance here; think of it more as cotton candy for the ears. Little listeners won't learn to count or say their ABCs, but they'll get a silly musical menu that's all about having a good time.
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What's the story?
Singer-songwriter Parry Gripp isn't a familiar name on the children's music stage, and that's probably because he actually doesn't write songs specifically for kids. Instead, Gripp is best known for his faux-jingles that can be found all over YouTube. No surprise, then, that Gripp has also written real jingles for companies, including music for the Hallmark characters Hoops & Yoyo. On DO YOU LIKE WAFFLES, the lyricist cooks up two dozen quick musical observations for foodies...and their kids. Songs like "Dippin,'" "Garbanzo," and "English Muffin" provide a clue as to the ingredients on this album.
Is it any good?
Parry Gripp has the recipe for fun with Do You Like Waffles, a veritable feast for the ears. Each song, about a specific food, meal, or dish, is amazingly short (most are less than 30 seconds!) and might lead some to wonder if this is the beginning of a trend to satisfy the Internet Generation's ever-shortening attention span. Although some songs, like the robotic "Fried Chicken," are less inspired, many songs are so good you'll want to listen to them again and again. Just beware: tracks like "Hip, Hip Hoo-Raisin" will remain in your brain long after the short song is over.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about food and how it is marketed to kids. Look in a supermarket and try to notice the packaging colors and ingredients of foods designed for kids. How do they differ from foods marketed to adults? What about TV commercials? Do you notice anything special about ads for kids' food?
Can you tell the difference between healthy foods and foods that are marketed to be healthy, but are really not? Begin with a discussion of nutrition labels and ingredients to move away from the marketing and into real food facts.
What is a healthy approach to food? Should diets be a natural part of life, or should parents set better examples of healthy eating? What is your favorite family meal? Does eating with your family make dinner more special?
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