Songs from the Sandbox

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Broadway-style songs for kids encourage creativity and fun.

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Educational Value

Mini-lessons about dinosaurs, Scottish folk music, and the art of storytelling.

Positive Messages

Broadway-caliber music encourages imagination, storytelling, and finding something special in every moment or every person.

Positive Role Models & Representations

"Mind of His Own" celebrates individuality and says that it's OK to think for yourself, even if it means calling lollipops "licky sticks."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Songs From the Sandbox features Broadway-caliber tunes with intricate melodies that weave in colorful storytelling for little listeners. Schwartz is a familiar voice to preschoolers with his musical contributions to the PBS animated show Jay Jay the Jet Plane, and this album offers great lessons and ignites the imagination.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byfeelingroovy July 11, 2012

Solid, Silly, and Totally Worth It! Stephen comes through every time!

I was exposed to this album through the kids I babysit, who love it! It turns out, I actually recognized Stephen from the children's band, Parachute Expre... Continue reading
Adult Written byjanice Lindsay July 3, 2012


This CD is fabulous! I especially like the stories and the song about the Dinosaurs. I'd recommend it for any parent of a 2 - 7 year old.

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What's the story?

Stephen Michael Schwartz is no stranger to the children's music scene: He's a member of the children's music group Parachute Express and a major music contributor to the PBS show <span style="\&quot;font-style:" italic;\"="">Jay Jay the Jet Plane (he sings the title song, among others). Surprisingly, SONGS FROM THE SANDBOX is his first album. It features 12 tracks that tell wonderful stories about a misunderstood puppy, an ambitious kitty, and a dog that likes to deliver mail, just to name a few.

Is it any good?

Songs From the Sandbox stands apart from other children's albums. Schwartz's warm vocals and intricate musical patterns sound as if they could be from a Broadway musical for kids; the quality is exceptional. His stories and music combine to tell funny anecdotes that will interest kids, from one about the world's worst dog to one about a tightrope-strutting feline. "Dinosaur Hunt" explores big and baby dinos, and the jazzy "Alligator Pie" is an ode to scaly bread, cake, and pie. This album is a perfect soundtrack for playtime.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes up a good story. Is it the plot, the characters, or something else? What are some of your favorite stories?

  • Do you like when one of your favorite stories is turned into a movie or a TV show? Which version is better -- page or screen?

  • This album uses lots of different instruments to tell the stories. What instruments do you hear? How do they help the story along?

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