A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
What's the story?
Everyone from Sesame Street enjoys a good sing-along on the ELMO'S FAVORITE SING-ALONGS album. Hoots the Owl, Grover, Bret, Big Bird, and Oscar the Grouch drop by Elmo's house and are later joined by the rest of the Sesame Street residents. After a short introduction, Elmo sings his trademark \"Elmo's Song,\" only this time Big Bird and Snuffy also claim the song as their own. In the energetic, collaborative \"Let's Go Driving,\" the friendly singers have fun making car sounds like vroom and beep. They then challenge listeners to draw a picture of themselves in \"The Drawing Song.\" When Oscar grouches, \"Enough with the meaningful songs, let's sing a nonsense song,\" everyone breaks into the nonsensical \"Sarasponda.\"
Is it any good?
Charming musical arrangements introduce children to a variety of instruments and musical styles. For example, Oscar's Junk Band plays a collection of funky sounds created by nontraditional (and mostly unidentifiable) instruments. A saxophone accompanies the "Hokey Pokey," while a piano anchors the wistful "One Small Voice." "One Banana" is a wonderful take-off on Harry Belafonte's famous "Banana Boat Song," and it includes percussion, an endearing accent, and beautiful harmonies. Elmo's favorite songs teach children to notice the world around them.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the many topics introduced in the songs. In "Three Blue Pigeons" listeners learn to add and subtract numbers, and are introduced to the concept of zero. In "The Hokey Pokey," they learn about right and left and body parts. "Tinga Layo" and "One Banana" introduce kids to calypso music.