Songs from Jim Henson's Bear in the Big Blue House

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Preschoolers love these short, energetic songs.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The "boys will be boys"-themed "Oh, Boy" and the pro-girl "You Go, Ojo" do get equal time, but some parents will wonder why such gender-specific messages are necessary in the first place.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Remember, this CD is basically one big commerical for the TV show.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the memorable songs describe--and encourage--important everyday activities (tooth-brushing, room-cleaning). Use them as mini motivational tools when developing daily routines.

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What's the story?

Featuring songs from popular Bear in the Big Blue House episodes, this compilation is an instant hit with preschool Bear fans. The opening theme song sets the stage for a lively set of tunes, all sung by characters from the TV show.

Is it any good?


Recognizable character voices and "just tricky enough" lyrics pull in many young listeners. (One 3-year-old requested "Otter Love" again and again, until she could rap along with the verses.) And Bear's sweet lessons endear him to many parents. Bonus: Top-notch musical accompaniment gives grown-ups, too, a reason to come back for more (although the voice of Bear's mouse buddy, Tutter, will not be your favorite).

One small quibble worth noting: The cassette version features a confusing misprint: The song titles are correct, but it says "1" and "Side 1" on both sides. This can be frustrating for children just learning to play tapes on their own.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the broader messages that are embedded in the engaging tunes. "Go to Bed, Sleepyhead" delicately addresses common nighttime fears. "Dear Grandma Flutter" reveals the importance of family. And parents, too, can learn a thing or two from the bossa-flavored "Take Time to Smell the Cheese" and the bluesy "Oops, I Goofed Again" (message: "It's really no big deal").

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:August 22, 2000
Label:Walt Disney Records
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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