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 songs are covers of children's folk tunes that aren't necessarily well-known unless you're a fan of folk. There's a song about a fox that must feed his family by hunting other animals, so be prepared to answer some questions about the Circle of Life for little ones. Otherwise it's squeaky-clean and appropriate for any age.
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What's the story?
TUMBLE BEE is Laura Veirs' first children's album, believe it or not. Her previous work, July Flame, received many accolades but Veirs, after the birth of her son, has turned her tune to some lesser-known children's folk songs such as \"All the Pretty Little Horses\" and \"The Fox,\" as well as \"Jump Down Spin Around\" (a version of \"Pick a Bale o' Cotton\"). Bela Fleck lends his banjo talent on \"King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O.\"
Is it any good?
From beginning to end, the songs on Tumble Bee show Veirs' talent for sweet, flawless, and fuss-free vocals on folk tunes that everyone in the family can enjoy. Parents might even forget that the album is intended for the kiddos. Kids may be lulled to sleep with dreamy tunes like "All the Pretty Little Horses" and "Prairie Lullaby." For quiet playtime, "Tumble Bee" (the only original song on the album), "The Fox," and "Why Oh Why?" celebrate life and childhood in all its forms.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes folk music different from other types of music. Is it the instruments used, the words, or both? Can you think of other popular or familiar songs that sound like folk music?
Veirs covers many folk songs from other artists. Do you recognize any of the songs? Which song is your favorite? Why?