Sharing the Same Stars

(i)

 

Quirky lyrical tunes are educational and fun.

What parents need to know

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.

Positive role models
Not applicable
Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

User reviews

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

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?

QUALITY

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."

Families can talk 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.

Music details

Artist:Leeny & Tamara
Release date:September 3, 2009
Label:Leeny and Tamara
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

This review of Sharing the Same Stars was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Star Wars Guide