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 is the first foray into family music for this well-respected folk artist. There's nothing objectionable in the music, but there is a definite anti-war slant in a couple of songs ("Million Chameleon March" and "9 Months to Fix the World"). The other messages are mostly positive and pretty general -- love your fellow man, protect the environment, etc.
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What's the story?
Award-winning folk artist and troubadour Ellis Paul was inspired to write his first children's album when he realized that his older daughter was humming Barney tunes instead of his own music. He decided to remedy that by creating this soulful, folksy collection of tunes celebrating the possibilities of childhood. Also included with the CD is a whimsical 24-page lyric booklet illustrated by Ellis.
Is it any good?
This is an enjoyable album, but the sensibility is more adult than kid-focused. It's as if Ellis rolled up all the nostalgia parents have for their own distant childhoods and combined it with all the dreams they have for their own kids and made it into a sweet and soulful album. Songs like "Road Trip" and "Wabi-Sabi" are catchy and tell a story, which older kids will appreciate, but it's not likely this music will tear the preschool set away from Barney and Elmo.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the social justice focus of the album. Are your kids becoming aware of politics and state of the world? Is there a cause they would march for? Also, it's always fun to talk about ways to enjoy the simple pleasures of childhood and family life, as celebrated in these songs. Where would your family go on a road trip? What's the best way to "lose" a rainy day?