A lot or a little?
Parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that these classic rock adaptations will most likely amuse them as well as their children. "Drive My Car" is based on the Beatles tune, and "Splish Splash" is a take-off on the 1950s Bobby Darin hit. In addition, there are many mini-lessons lurking in Elmo's funny songs; for example, "A Fine Face" describes the function of each facial feature.
What's the story?
THE BEST OF ELMO gets off to a great start with the Sesame Street theme song, and many kids will be engaged for the entire length of the album. Preschoolers will want to create their own song while listening to \"Elmo's Song,\" replacing their names with Elmo's to make their own special version. And they'll feel reassured to know what school is really like, as Ernie and Elmo describe academic life in \"Off to School.\" Children will especially appreciate guest appearances by some of Sesame Street's other favorite characters, including Big Bird, Snuffleupagus, Telly Monster, and Cookie Monster.
Is it any good?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about some of the day-to-day situations that Elmo shares with kids; for example, Ernie and Elmo describing a typical day in "Off to School." And then there's the song in which Elmo gets especially ecstatic when someone is finally able to read what he has written ("Elmo Wrote His Name").