Super WHY! You've Got the Power Soundtrack

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Kim Alessi, Common Sense Media
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So-so versions of otherwise super-cool, educational tunes.

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Educational Value

Almost every song encourages literacy in some way, whether it's showcasing that magical storybook place known as the library ("Fairytale Friends"), or inspiring the curious to find answers and adventures ("Look in a Book"), or singing the alphabet in a new and catchy way ("ABC Sing with Me"). Some songs encourage wordplay and imagination ("Word Power," "I Love to Spell," "Super Why the Astronaut"). Other songs encourage social and character development ("Friends," "You've Got the Power").

Positive Messages

Songs empower and encourage literacy skills. From "Word Power:" "You have the power, you know what it's about/Identify the letters then sound them out/That's Word Power, That's Word Power…" From "You've Got the Power:" "If you wanna be an astronaut, or a rock star or a firefighter/You can make any dream come true…/Because you've got the Power/And you can do anything you want to do."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some songs encourage positive social skills: From "Friends:" "Friends are always there if you want a real adventure...if you need someone kind…if you really just want to have a good time…if there's something on your mind." From "Look in a Book:" "If we have some questions, where should we look (Look in a book)/We want excitement/where should we look/ (Look in a book)/ And the answers will come clear…"

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Super WHY! You've Got the Power is the soundtrack to the live touring show based on the PBS Kids TV show, Super WHY!

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Super WHY! You've Got the Power Soundtrack is a collection of songs that encourages early literacy for preschoolers and up. Most songs are taken from the PBS Kids TV show, Super WHY!, while others accompany the Super WHY! You've Got the Power touring show. The tracks are short with lyrics that explore phonics, wordplay, rhyming, and reading, and most are in a '80s New Wave-style beat. Those familiar with the Super WHY TV show will notice differences in these soundtrack songs, so you may want to preview before you purchase.

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What's the story?

SUPER WHY! YOU'VE GOT THE POWER is the soundtrack to the live touring show by the same name, and is based on the PBS Kids TV show Super WHY! The songs and shows feature Super Readers/main characters Super Why, Wonder Red, Princess Presto, Alpha Pig, and Woofster.

Is it any good?

If you expect this soundtrack to be the same as the TV show's, you're apt to be disappointed. The super-cool, R&B/syncopated grooves from the original TV songs are sadly absent; the production value here is mediocre, and the sound quality is dated (think '80s synth and cheesy drum machine). Yes, some songs are well written, but others are not and have unmemorable lyrics that ramble on without end rhymes. To top it off, much of the voice talent is different from the Super WHY! TV show. Will kids notice the differences? Maybe, maybe not, but any grownup familiar with the original surely will.

The saving grace for this soundtrack is its super-positive message emphasizing early literacy. Standout tracks that explore literacy and social skills include "Super WHY! Theme," "Fairytale Friends," "Look in a Book," "ABC, Read with Me," "I Love to Spell," and "Friends." 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how music helps tell stories. Words can have meaning, but setting them to music helps bring them alive. What's a story that you like that sounds better when it's sung to you?

  • Explore the world of literacy-rich activities at home. Look at books, scribble and draw, and make up fingerplays and rhyming games along the way. These kinds of things help toddlers and young kids learn to read, write, communicate, and build vocabulary.

  • Literacy develops when kids use language by listening, responding to, and creating stories. Help young kids build literacy skills by encouraging them to describe events, predict outcomes, and share what they already knows about a subject (aka "background knowledge"). All these things help kids build comprehension, vocabulary, and gain new knowledge.

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