Sharing the Same Stars

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Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Quirky lyrical tunes are educational and fun.

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Positive Messages

Great messages about being comfortable in your own skin ('It's Cool to be You"), taking turns, and being safe ("Put on My Seat Belt"), just to name a few.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are a lot of funny lyrics that are actually educational for your preschoolers and young grade-schoolers. The songs send great messages about taking turns, buckling up, and being comfortable in your own skin.

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What's the story?

SHARING THE SAME STARS is the first collaboration between children's artist Ilene "Leeny" Altman and New York City singer/songwriter Tamara Hey. This fun, educational album is loaded with 14 original songs about such things as seat belt safety, ladybugs, being shy, potty troubles, little sisters, the 50 states, and the epidermis.

Is it any good?

It's hard to believe that this is a first joint effort for Leeny & Tamara, with vocals and melodies that mimic the long-time veteran duo the Indigo Girls, and musical arrangements that call to mind the epic partnership of Lennon & McCartney. From '50s doo-wop to pop country, their fresh, unexpected vocal lines weave through all types of music to make this album a fun ride for the ears. The catchy, quirky lyrics, touching on a spectrum of kiddie topics from seat belts to potty bloopers, teach kids about taking turns, ladybugs, and the 50 states. Parents and children will love learning the words and singing along, giggling and discovering about Vitamin C, baby animals, and "e-p-i-d-e-r-m-i-s."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • The song "It's Cool to Be You" talks about self-image and being comfortable in your own skin. How can kids learn to accept themselves and others? Is there too much negative emphasis on body-image in media today?

  • "Put on My Seat Belt" teaches listeners how to be safe in a car. What are some other ways kids can stay safe?

  • Many children's albums today are trying to be entertaining and educational. Do you think there are educational benefits for young kids when it comes to other types of media? Internet, TV? Is any amount too much? Give some positive and negative examples.

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