Quiet Time

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Sleep-inducing Raffi songs for toddlers.

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Good messages about inclusiveness and friendship.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is no objectionable material here. This is a very sleepy record -- tired moms and dads should avoid playing this while driving. You might already have a lot of these songs on other Raffi CDs.

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What's the story?

So, how many recordings of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" does your toddler own, and do you really need another one? Maybe, if you and your kids are true-blue Raffi fans. (If Raffi is unfamiliar to you, you may be better off starting your collection with one of his more upbeat and original offerings.) QUIET TIME is a combination of old favorites and (mostly retread) Raffi originals, but none of the tunes contain that guaranteed-to-stick-in-your-head factor of songs like "Baby Beluga." Be careful to save this music for genuinely sleepy moments. A tired parent on a long drive might succumb long before the restless toddlers in the back seat. Play at your own risk!

Is it any good?

You will find the usual excellent musicianship (note the pedal steel and flute tracks, which are especially lovely) and careful production -- and Raffi's warm inclusiveness on songs like "Fais Do Do" (performed in French) and "Like Me and You" ("Janet lives in England, Cara lives in France, Bonnie lives in Canada, Ahmed lives in Egypt, Moishe lives in Israel..."). Warning: Many of these songs have appeared as quieter moments on other Raffi CDs, so make sure you don't already have them before you buy.

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  • Families can talk about how this CD compares with other Raffi albums -- how is it alike; how is it different? What do kids like about Raffi?

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