French Playground

Common Sense Media says

An exceptional, light-hearted CD for all ages.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Encourages kids to practice French and to learn about another culture.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while this CD features songs performed in French, you don't need to understand the language in order to appreciate the CD.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

It's very French, it's very delightful, it's danceable and singable, and as with most Putumayo Kids CDs, it knows enough not to condescend. Highlights of the FRENCH PLAYGROUND album are the fabulously catchy \"Clic-Clac Oh C'est Beau!\" by Dominique Dimey, and the very funny \"Bonjour Bonjour\" by L'Autobus A Vapeur -- but all the songs are fun and lighthearted, yet musically sophisticated enough not to bore parents. Help your kids practice their French -- and/or mouth trumpet -- on \"Monsieur Bibendum\" by Tryo. Dance around the living room to \"L'ile Maurice\" by Tryo or the amazingly catchy and innocently sensual \"Sensation (Bidi Bom Bom)\" by Lole-Lolay.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

All of the tracks are beautifully performed and lovingly produced, the mixes near perfect, the lyrics in the liner notes provided in both French and English. From the beautiful guitar and accordion work on "Sensation" to the comic expressiveness of "Croque" by Thomas Ferson, each song is different, but spiced with joie de vivre. As usual, Putumayo has come up with a winning combination for all ages.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes the French language so beautiful and expressive -- and practice their French while they sing along.

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:October 4, 2005
Label:Putumayo World Music
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 July 23, 2012
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2
QUALITY
 

french playground

work on "Sensation" to the comic expressiveness of "Croque" by Thomas Ferson, each song is different, but spiced with joie de vivre. As usual, Putumayo has come up with a winning combination for all ages. Families can talk about what makes the French language so beautiful and expressive -- and practice their French while they sing along.
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written bySomebodysMe June 27, 2009
AGE
4
QUALITY
 

great for older kids trying to practice la francaise

I do love this cd, because it helps me practice my french. The only reason I said it was on for 4 was because little kids will lose interest

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