A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this CD from one of PBS' hosts provides cheerful, positive, foot-tapping family fun appropriate for very young kids. Simple instrumentation and easy-to-understand lyrics are a plus, as is Miss Lori's emphasis (dare we say obsession?) with the healthy benefits of exercise. Despite the obvious educational intentions of these musical lessons, Miss Lori approaches her subjects with a light enough touch to avoid sounding too preachy.
What's the story?
Miss Lori's clear, classically trained voice -- along with musical arrangements that are simple without being simplistic -- is a charming vehicle for communicating the gently educational messages on MUSIC 'N MOVEMENT TOGETHER!. Miss Lori is big on moving your body, as on the disco-tinged \"Show Me How You Dance,\" \"Sky High\" (a musical stretching exercise), or \"Swish! Harrumph! Thwack!\" (a song about playing different sports). Other themes include counting, the alphabet, colors, and learning how to say \"hello\" in several different languages on the CD's perky opener, \"Hello World\" -- kind of a \"We Are the World\" for the preschool set.
Is it any good?
The uncomplicated instrumentation and easy-to-understand lyrics are a plus, as is Miss Lori's message about the healthy benefits of exercise. Positive, inclusive, and energetic, Miss Lori comes across as the kind of fun auntie who would never dream of bringing a gift of socks or mittens without also including a toy.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why our bodies need exercise. Do you like to run, jump, and dance? Sometimes songs try to teach us about things like the alphabet or how to say "hello" in different languages, and other songs are more about telling stories or expressing feelings. Which kind do you like better?