A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the compilers of this album seem blind to the irony of several of their choices. For example, though Maurice Chevalier's "Thank Heaven For Little Girls" is delightful, thoughtful young listeners may not like to hear that he gives thanks solely because little girls grow up to be big girls. And though sung with trademark mellowness by The Mamas & The Papas, "Nothing's Too Good For My Little Girl" is actually a bitter rant against a protective father by a written-off suitor.
What's the story?
Listening to THAT'S WHAT LITTLE GIRLS ARE MADE OF! (or its companion CD, That's What Little Boys Are Made OF!), it's difficult to fathom the origins of this album. Its gender stereotyping is probably not meant to be taken seriously, but once embarked upon, it seems to break down midway through the album. For example, after featuring \"Isn't She Lovely\" and \"Daddy's Little Girl,\" why include songs like \"Would You Like To Swing On A Star\"? Wouldn't little boys enjoy swinging on a star, too?
Is it any good?
Although the album can be fun listening, don't try to make sense of the song selections. For example, "Teddy Bears' Picnic," "At The Codfish Ball," and "Daydream Believer" are all charming tunes, prettily sung, but their appeal isn't specific to little girls. Also watch out for (and make the kids aware of) the stereotyping.