European Playground

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Give kids a taste of Europe's languages and rhythms.

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age 2+
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age 2+
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Positive Messages

As with its other releases, Putumayo Kids promotes cross-cultural experience and understanding through music with universal appeal for kids.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that these fifteen songs, performed by musicians from all over Europe in several languages, will be appealing to very young children and are musically sophisticated enough to be appreciated by older siblings.

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Kid, 2 years old June 29, 2009
good music

What's the story?

A cross-cultural, cross-genre tour around Europe, EUROPEAN PLAYGROUND is a collection of 15 songs, expertly performed by a variety of exceptional artists. The multi-lingual songs are easy to sing and dance along to, the lyrics geared to children's interests and imagination. The CD includes liner notes in four languages -- English, Spanish, French, and German -- and there's also a downloadable teaching guide and music video.

Is it any good?

The genius of Putumayo Kids is partly song selection -- all of the music is energetic, accessible, and family-friendly, but not clichéd. Especially delightful is the French "En Voici, En Voila" by Alain Le Lait, featuring accomplished gypsy-jazz-style guitar, expressive and gravelly vocals, and the internationally-beloved (and understood) word "chocolate."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about different backgrounds. Do you have any relatives who speak languages other than English? Here's a great jumping-off point for family discussion and even vocabulary-building in other languages.

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