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Here Come the ABCs

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that it's never too early to expose children to imagination and musical taste. Here's a rare kids' album that doesn't talk down to anyone -- interesting enough to be fun for all ages; accessible and safe for the youngest in the family.

What's the story?

The alphabet will never be the same now that They Might Be Giants have brought their quirky brilliance to HERE COME THE ABCs! Without ever talking down to even the littlest kids, they offer 25 tracks of raucous fun, including a tribute to vowels, a backwards recitation (the last song is called \"Z Y X\"), a charming ditty about Q and U, and several imaginative flights of fancy (\"E Eats Everything,\" \"Fake Believe,\" \"Pictures of Pandas Painting\"). \"Flying V\" evokes images of migrating geese and electric guitars. \"C is for Conifers\" offers a bonus botany lesson. \"Rolling O\" is a goofy exploration of the funny sounds you can make with your own mouth.

Is it any good?

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The tunes are interesting and clever enough to appeal to older children and even parents, while remaining clear and easy to hear -- musically and lyrically accessible to very young children. The songs are sometimes layered with sophisticated concepts, but always inclusive of every age group. Even adults might learn a thing or two from "The Alphabet of Nations." And, if you happened to be a kid who thought that Elemeno was one letter of the alphabet (as in the way we sing "H-I-J-K-Elemeno-P"), you'll be heartened and astounded to know that you were never alone.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about good tricks that can help you memorize the alphabet. And then there's always those age-old games that revolve around the ABCs ("A" my name is Alice …).

Music details

Artist:They Might Be Giants
Release date:February 22, 2005
Label:Disney Sound
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 5 year old Written bykelliemejia929 June 6, 2010

Enjoyable for everyone

Parent of a 2 and 2 year old Written bypiper0137 September 9, 2009

Great music for any age!

This album is perfect for my two-year olds. They Might Be Giants has been making fun, amazing music for decades, but the band's kid albums have become our household fave. Start with this album, then work your way through their other kids releases.
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