Pickin' & Grinnin': Great Folk Songs for Kids

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Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Fantastic folk favorites perfect for family road trips.

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The song "All I Really Need" is about only needing and appreciating the really important things in life: love, family, and life.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a wonderful compilation of folk music for kids, and that there's nothing objectionable here. Raffi, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Dan Zanes, and Bonnie Raitt are all featured. Enough said!

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Kid, 12 years old March 7, 2010


Perfect in every way!

What's the story?

Pete Seeger, Raffi, Woody Guthrie, Buckwheat Zydeco, Dan Zanes, and Bonnie Raitt are just some of the legendary artists featured on this 16-track disc full of guitar-pickin' tunes you and your kids will shake a stick at. The CD would be perfect for family road trips, as there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Is it any good?

It almost doesn't seem fair that so many great musicians are on one album meant for kids. Parents should be so lucky! Pete Seeger's "If I Had a Rooster" kicks off the folk magic with a vocal adventure that lets kids growl, meow, cry, and moo. Longtime fan-fave Raffi sings a poignant "All I Really Need" about the value of the simple things: a song in my heart, love of family, food in my belly, and the sun shining. Woody Guthrie's "Riding in My Car" is a classic for any generation, and Dan Zanes sings his already popular Disney Playhouse tune, "Catch that Train." The ever-magical Bonnie Raitt sings a heartfelt "Home" for the final track, ending a fantastic musical journey on a high note.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about folk music's appeal. What do you like about this style of music? What sounds are specific to this genre?

  • The song "All I Really Need" is about only needing and appreciating the really important things in life: love, family, life. Do you think kids today are bombarded with materialism? Do most kids think material things are more important than anything else? What can parents and families do to combat this?

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