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Thomas' Songs and Roundhouse Rhythms
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that if their kids are fans of the Thomas the Tank Engine franchise or trains in general, they'll probably enjoy this CD. But make sure you don't already have these songs, as this is a reissue of previously released material. Also, the song, "Accidents Will Happen" includes some lyrics that might be a little advanced for preschoolers: "Accidents happen now and again/just when you least expect/just when you think life is OK/fate comes to collect." The other songs talk about positive messages such as being a good friend and a hard worker.
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What's the story?
Thomas the Tank Engine is a perennial favorite for young kids. On this CD, 13 favorite Thomas tunes -- except for the instrumental "Thomas Theme" -- are sung by harmonizing kids with British accents. The songs cover many of the series' favorite characters and their unmistakable traits, like the loyal Thomas, old-fashioned Toby, and even Sir Topham Hatt and Harold the Helicopter. Along with the train yard friends, there are also songs about feelings and positive behaviors, such as "Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining (Never Lose Hope)" and "Accidents Will Happen."
Is it any good?
The refined British mystique of the classic Thomas the Tank Engine books and TV series is alive and well on this CD. There's no gross talk or off-the-wall jokes, like you might find on some kids albums. Instead THOMAS' SONGS is a quaint and calming collection of simple tunes that will sooth young listeners' ears. The group of young singers on the album adds an innocent charm to the fable-like lyrics. Although this CD probably won't have kids jumping and dancing around, the sublime melodies will be a welcome addition to bedtime and to true Thomas fans.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about some of the meanings of the songs. "He's a Really Useful Engine" discusses the idea of being needed. What do you do to help your family? Does it feel good to have a job that people count on you to do? Another song, "Let's Have a Race" is about Thomas and Bertie being good sports about winning and losing. When you play a game or have a race, do you enjoy it whether you win or lose? Is it fun to be a good sport?