Dragonfly Races

Music review by
Amy Weaver, Common Sense Media
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Socially-conscious folk music for kids.

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age 4+
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Positive Messages

The album bills itself as a "socially conscious adventure, empowering listeners to stand up to injustice" -- and rings true to its statement.

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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.

User Reviews

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Parent of a 1 and 6-year-old Written byjandrewworld June 20, 2010
Ellis Paul is a national treasure as a song writer and musician. Easily one of America's greatest living song writers and has a wonderful voice. He makes a... Continue reading
Adult Written bylionesrk April 9, 2008

This music should be heard by all!

This is such a thoughtfully recorded CD.
Ellis' voice is gorgeous. I feel as the this album is great for the whole family, there are catchy whimsical fun t... Continue reading

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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?

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