That's What Little Boys Are Made Of!

 
Cute at times, but watch out for stereotypes.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

There are no examples of misbehavior, but some might take issue with the generalizations about what little boys are made of.

Violence & scariness

None.

Sexy stuff

None.

Language

None.

Consumerism

There is none, other than identifying a tractor as a "John Deere"

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

None.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that gender stereotyping goes wild in this assortment of loosely connected songs. Yes, little boys and girls are different and have different interests, but the same can be said within the sexes, too.

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What's the story?

Like its companion CD (That's What Little Girls Are Made Of !), THAT'S WHAT LITTLE BOYS ARE MADE OF! collapses under the weight of its producers' assumptions. They seem to assume that little boys are made of John Deere tractors, locomotive engines, dinosaur pajamas, and 18-wheel big rigs. And they assume that little boys and their parents want to hear a collection of songs solely on subjects like fishing holes, baseball games, and the open range.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The CD delivers an uneven assortment of songs delivered with varying levels of competence. There are definitely some pleasing tracks, like Raffi's mellow version of "Take Me Out To the Ballgame," or Livingston Taylor's gentle "Pajamas." But these are mixed up with puzzling choices like "I'm A Singin' Pirate" and Allan Sherman's old chestnut, "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!"

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about gender differences and stereotyping.

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:May 27, 2003
Label:Music for Little People
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 23, 2012
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thats what little boys

There are definitely some pleasing tracks, like Raffi's mellow version of "Take Me Out To the Ballgame," or Livingston Taylor's gentle "Pajamas." But these are mixed up with puzzling choices like "I'm A Singin' Pirate" and Allan Sherman's old chestnut, "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!" Families can talk about gender differences and stereotyping.
What other families should know
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