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Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Grammy winners deliver great messages with style.

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Positive Messages

Very strong positive messages of community, pride, and self-esteem.

Violence & Scariness

An anti-violence message, if anything.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Grammy-winning group's uplifting message is endorsed by the likes of Maya Angelou, Cornell West, and Marian Wright Edelman. Lively a capella harmonies and spirited hand-clapping drive eighteen solid, uplifting, gospel-tinged tracks delivering messages of self-esteem and hope.

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Parent of an infant-year-old Written byLaura L. May 8, 2017

Great for school age children

I bought this CD to help introduce my son to a variety of musical genres. The songs are very fun, with a traditional African feel - strong vocals and minimal i... Continue reading

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What's the story?

This collection of songs from a group that's been around since the '70s addresses issues of importance to all children, ranging from very personal to global.

Is it any good?

When it comes to "this-is-good-for-you" preachiness, children's songs often have a tendency to drift over the line of palatability, sacrificing music for message. But when the sermon is delivered by a world-class preacher, who cares? One highlight off EXPERIENCE…101, "In the Middle of the Night," describes a child's fear of monsters under the bed, and calling out to family members who come running with kisses and comfort. "Chinese Proverb" reaches far beyond bedtime to promote political responsibility ("Where there is honor in the nation/there is peace in the world"), and other tracks promote literacy, reading, respect for animals and nature, and self-esteem with Sweet Honey in the Rock's signature poetry, unique arrangements, and exquisite harmonies.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the questions asked and answered on the CD. (Children between the ages of 9 and 12 sent in questions that inspired Sweet Honey in the Rock's songs on this CD.) Maybe you can think of some additional questions -- and write some songs containing the answers.

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