Nursery Rhymes and Other Fun Songs!

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A reissue from the bizarre Teletubby quartet.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Teletubbies are very gentle and loving, and there are lots of hugs on the album (they actually stop a couple of times and all say "HUGS!" in unison). They do interrupt each other a lot, but it's all in good fun.

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Language

There's some controversy about the "dumbed down" baby talk of the characters.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this CD is a re-release of a 1997 album, in honor of the Teletubbies' 10th birthday. The format of the album is "musical storytelling" instead of traditional songs, so while it's possible to sing along with parts of it, most of it veers off into wacky tangents that are classic Teletubby territory. For those familiar with the characters, this CD holds few surprises, but the trademark quartet ham it up during and between the songs' sparkly and bright sound.

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What's the story?

It's hard to believe the Teletubbies are 10 years old -- almost as hard to believe as the fact that young kids respond to them in an almost hypnotic way. So, the question remains: to Teletubby or Not to Teletubby? Whatever your parental stance is on the TV question (Common Sense suggests no TV before age 3), NURSERY RHYMES AND OTHER FUN SONGS! by the Teletubbies is a perfect soundtrack for toddler playtime. From the first second, this CD coos and babbles in baby-friendly jargon.

Is it any good?

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Far from being your standard list of kid's songs, this Teletubbies' album is as anarchic as any daycare playground. The songs are wacky, deconstructed versions of classic nursery rhymes such as "Jack and Jill," "Humpty Dumpty," and "Pat-A-Cake." Kids who are already acquainted with Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa, and Po from their PBS show will squeal with delight in recognition as the characters interpret and constantly interrupt the narrators (again, it has the feel of story time run amok). The phrases "Laalaa" and "Uh oh" are repeated constantly, making this album fun for even the youngest babies (it's targeted to kids from 9 to 36 months).

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about some of the stories told on this CD. And it can be used as background music while older toddlers and young kids play by themselves. Parents can also participate by following the CD's lead into sublime goofiness. You can pantomime the sounds and act out "Jack and Jill," "Humpty Dumpty," and "Little Miss Muffet."

Music details

Artist:Teletubbies
Release date:April 10, 2007
Label:Koch Records
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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