Motown for Kids

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Original hits are friendly, refreshing, retro fun.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Respects young children's intelligence by giving them the real thing, rather than a watered-down "kids" version of some great songs.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff

Motown producers and artists were geniuses at sounding sexy and flirty without ever getting explicit.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this family-friendly collection of original Motown hits is also earth-friendly, with an entirely recyclable package. Artists include Stevie Wonder, The Contours, Four Tops, The Temptations, and more.

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What's the story?

Motown, Berry Gordy's legendary record company, produced a rich musical legacy that changed the direction of American pop culture in the 1960s; many parents and grandparents still love hit records by the label's phenomenal artists. MOTOWN FOR KIDS delivers 14 of Motown's most beloved singles, not as warmed-over, dumbed-down \"children's music,\" but as the real thing.

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Families can use the lyrics of these songs as jumping-off points for discussion ("Mr. Postman"), creative choreography ("Mickey's Monkey"), or just good-time, dance-party fun (just about every track). Older siblings in bands should pay special attention to Motown's famous rhythm section; singers will love harmonizing with the background vocals. Most important, everyone in the family can enjoy some of the best popular music ever produced in the 20th century, and environmentally-conscious families can recycle the entire package.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about "Mickey's Monkey." Can you make up a dance to go with it? Are there other animals that make you think of funny ways to move and dance? "Please Mr. Postman" describes waiting for a letter from the singer's sweetheart. Have you ever longed for a letter or email from someone special?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:August 19, 2008
Label:Universal Motown
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 15, 2012
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Families can talk about "Mickey's Monkey." Can you make up a dance to go with it? Are there other animals that make you think of funny ways to move and dance? "Please Mr. Postman" describes waiting for a letter from the singer's sweetheart. Have you ever longed for a letter or email from someone special?
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Great messages
Too much sex
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