More Story Songs & Sing Alongs

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Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Inviting album encourages listening, rhyming, and movement.

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Positive Messages

"I Think I Can" (The Little Engine that Could Song) teaches kids to never give up.

Positive Role Models & Representations

What better role model than a cute little engine who never gives up?

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Debbie of Debbie and Friends is a life-long music educator and current dean at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, so she knows her stuff. That being said, this may not be an album that you could stand listening to over and over, but your younger kids will enjoy the storytelling, movement, and easy beats. That's what matters, right?

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What's the story?

Debbie Cavalier is the mastermind and friendly voice singing the stories and songs on this follow-up to her acclaimed debut album, Story Songs and Sing Alongs. These story-like songs set to original music teach younger kids about listening, movement, and rhyming while also encouraging dancing and having fun.

Is it any good?

Debbie Cavalier's warm, inviting vocals and obvious knack for storytelling make her songs a refreshing dose of easy-listening for kids, with musical arrangements that showcase her own talent on the keyboard, as well as that of her band. Younger kids will love the heartwarming tunes and simple, repetitive lyrics, but parents and older siblings might get tired of them. For a rainy day in, or when the older kids are away at school, this album is a nice alternative to Nick Jr. re-runs or playing Candyland for the umpteenth time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the album. What's your favorite song? Why? Is it the music that makes it your favorite or what the song is about? Give specific examples about what you like, i.e., a certain instrument, a funny line, easy lyrics to sing, etc. Listen to other songs you like. Do they have some of the same qualities?

  • Do you like songs that make you move and dance? Or do you just like songs that make you want to sing really loud? Why? In either case, you have to really listen to the music to hear what to do. Give an example of a song on this album that makes you move your body.

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