Philadelphia Chickens

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All-star cast sings jazzy show tunes.





What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence & scariness

Only if the puppy-hugging gets rough.

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

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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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.

Families can talk about...

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

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:February 10, 2004
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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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 party ...
Parent of a 3 year old Written bySharon M December 8, 2009

Fun songs for kids, spot-on musical style parodies for adults

So much
Adult Written byLyndaSLP April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Great fun!

A fun for the family album -- definitely a hit with my preschooler!! My husband even loves to sing along.


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