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The Wheels on the Bus
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this album is the soundtrack to the popular educational DVD of the same name, a Parent's Choice Silver Medal award winner, and part of a series that was developed with experts from the Yale University Family Television Research Center. Consider buying them as a set -- though the CD works well enough on its own as a backdrop to playtime, they might make more sense together. Almost every track is a variation of the famed song, and Roger Daltrey, the lead singer of The Who, is one the creative forces behind the album.
What's the story?
Parents, be warned. Though this CD is good fun and is part of a well-loved series, (and best of all, features Roger Daltrey as a bus-driving dragon), almost every song on is a variation on that classic kid's tune. Yes, the \"windows on the bus go open and shut, open and shut\" song that you have sung a million times at story time.
Is it any good?
If you can handle the repetition of it, then you might end up enjoying this CD right along with your kids. If you haven't seen the DVD, then the storyline won't be as obvious, but the music is fun and upbeat and the child vocalist is especially memorable -- picture one of the precocious girls in School of Rock. "Eat it up, eat it up," a song about how nutrition is important for kids (just like gas for the bus), sounds a bit diva-esque, but in a cute way, much like the rest of the CD.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the core values promoted here -- sharing, caring, and being polite. Plus, what makes this classic children's song so much fun? Is it the catchy tune or the subject matter, or both? Does your town have a bus service? Maybe a family outing on a bus to a local attraction would be a great way to get to know your own town. After all, getting there is half the fun, right?