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The songs here are perfectly childish and delightfully lyrical without being condescending or too juvenile, as many kids' albums can be. The stylish lush-pop music and melodies weave the imagination with horns, drum-beats, and whistles to keep the ear, young and old, bending to hear what comes next. Himmelman, a father of four, crafts music and lyrics that are incredibly subtle, yet uniquely perceptive of the mind of a child.
With a voice that echoes Elvis Costello or Tom Petty, Himmelman's take on songs like "Peter the Pinhead" about a picky eater, or "Are There Any Kids Named Steve Anymore?" are funny and relatable. "Workin, Playin, and Dreamin" is a great song that reinforces to kids the good ol' adage that if you work hard, you can achieve anything. My Trampoline gives kids a soundtrack for their imaginations, with a sea of clever lyrics that bounce new light on life's everyday things, big or small.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about being active. The very title of this album suggests action and movement, something many kids today have little of unless it involves moving their fingers over a computer keyboard or game piece. What are some good ways to encourage kids to get outside? What kinds of things do kids like to do to stay active?
This album uses a lot of imagination. What do kids like to pretend and imagine? When do they feel the most creative?
One song talks about working hard to achieve your dreams. What are some ways that parents can help their children become successful and achieve their dreams? What are some things that kids can do to become successful?
For kids who love singing and dancing
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