Motown for Kids

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Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Original hits are friendly, refreshing, retro fun.

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age 4+
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Positive Messages

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

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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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What 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.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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