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Songs from Jim Henson's Bear in the Big Blue House
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
What's the story?
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.
Talk to your kids 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").