Philadelphia Chickens

Music review by
Tony Hicks, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
All-star cast sings jazzy show tunes.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

Only if the puppy-hugging gets rough.

Sexy Stuff

Not a factor. Of course, no one really indicates what Meryl Streep means when she uses terms like "glorble snop," and memily blitt."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is squarely aimed at the preschool set, but will prompt adults to sing along as well.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4-year-old Written bybookishgrrl88 February 6, 2011
Great fun! My only complaint is that the songs stick in adults' heads, as well. Can be a bit embarrassing to end up singing the Cows cabaret at a dinner pa... Continue reading
Parent of a 3-year-old Written bySharon M December 8, 2009
Kid, 6 years old April 9, 2008

Big crowd pleaser!

We give this as a gift to all of our friends with kids between the ages of 2 and 7 (don't know whether older kids would like it , also). Most of this musi... Continue reading

What's the story?

While the subject matter is awfully goofy -- and awfully fun -- there's far worse things for young children to hear than a collection of 19 songs about belly buttons, cows, islands full of pigs and taking naps. What's really fun is the record's latent ability to introduce kids to real 20th century American forms of music.

Is it any good?

Whether it's a chorus line of cows, Meryl Streep doing cabaret jazz, or the Bacon Brothers swinging with chickens, it's all upbeat (even the ode to grumpiness "I Like to Fuss"). All the original tunes were penned by Sandra Boynton and musical collaborator Michael Ford. This is by no means a complicated record. Who can't relate to the heartfelt longing for chocolate chip cookies that stay just out of reach for little hands, aptly described in the piano ballad "Faraway Cookies?"

Though PHILADELPHIA CHICKENS is a family record, it's mostly for preschool-age kids. You wouldn't want to "insult" most elementary and middle school children by buying them this album. Ironically, the record can skip a generation and appeal in a wry way to the adults in the house.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their favorite sing-along songs on this album, and could even try writing their own.

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