Turn Turn Turn

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Stephanie Busto, Common Sense Media
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Big talents team up to make family-friendly folk tunes.

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Educational Value

"Shine" promotes caring for the environment and raises awareness of present-day environmental challenges: "When these people control the land, solutions can be hard to see/But the sun’s right up there and it’s free."

Positive Messages

Many of the songs put an emphasis on the importance of one’s attitude. "When You’re Smiling" encourages listeners to smile and be happy: "When you’re crying, you bring on the rain/So stop your sighing and be happy again." "Now Let’s Dance" is a lighthearted track that talks about the beauty of dancing and the sense of community it seems to create.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell are no strangers to the family music genre and their ability to know and understand their audience shines in this album. The kindie duo promotes environmental awareness and an appreciation for dancing and nature.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Turn Turn Turn is the first collaborative effort by Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell, the "Stars of Kindie Rock" -- more commonly known as independent children's rock music. This album consists of a number of original songs as well as reinvented covers of classic American folk tunes. Zanes and Mitchell come together to perfectly demonstrate their genuine love for children’s music and spread important messages about the environment and happiness while still keeping it fun and enjoyable for the entire family.

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Kid, 11 years old February 22, 2014

Dan Zanes does it again!

All of the songs on here are great, particularly their rendition of Turn, Turn, Turn, which is a little more toned down than the original (which isn't viol... Continue reading

What's the story?

Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell, known as "Stars of Kindie Rock," have talked for years about making an album together. Along with Mitchell’s extended family band You Are My Flower, Zanes and Mitchell finally link up in this family-friendly folk album. In TURN TURN TURN, the two cover American classics such as "Sail Away Ladies," "My Creole Belle," and "Train is A-Coming," but make sure to add their own unique style with five original songs as well, including "Shine" and "Now Let’s Dance."

Is it any good?

Zanes and Mitchell are often known for their ability to make children’s music that doesn’t venture too much into preachy territory, and TURN TURN TURN is no different. This first-time collaborative project features quality music that is perfect for young children, but can still be enjoyed by listeners of all ages.

Highlights from this album include "Shine," "Turn! Turn! Turn!," and "In the Sun." "Turn! Turn! Turn!" is a particularly interesting song that covers the early '60s hit but tweaks the lyrics to be a bit more kid-friendly: "A time to work, a time for play… A time for candles on the cake" –- an idea suggested by original songwriter Pete Seeger's wife. The two kindie artists utilize their talents in children’s music to create this effortless and natural-sounding family folk album that is sure to be a favorite among a wide-ranging audience.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the song "Shine." Do you understand the importance of taking care of the sun and the rest of the environment? What are some of your favorite activities to do on a sunny day?

  • What do you think of Zanes and Mitchell’s collaboration? Would you like to hear more from them as a duo in the future or prefer them as individual artists?

  • Which song is your favorite? Why?

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