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Wonder Pets!

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Three animals sing their way as they save the day.
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Positive messages

There are plenty of positive messages throughout -- teamwork, doing things on your own, change can be good, putting garbage in a trashcan, taking care of a tree by watering it, and keeping it company by planting other things around it.

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Language

Ming-Ming affects a slight speech impediment (substituting "w" for "r").

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that these 16 "mini-operetta" songs from the adorable Nick Jr. show are aimed at the preschool set. Linny the Guinea Pig, Turtle Tuck, and Ming-Ming Duckling visit Switzerland, Mexico, England, the South Pole, and Ancient Egypt, encouraging teamwork as they rescue other animals. There are plenty of positive messages throughout the CD (doing things on your own, change can be good, putting garbage in a trash can, taking care of a tree by watering it and keeping it company by planting other things around it), and kids will love the happy tone of the songs. Parents should also know that the actress who plays Ming-Ming affects a slight speech impediment (substituting "w" for "r") that's a little grating and might be bothersome if their kid is dealing with speech issues.

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What's the story?

WONDER PETS! encourages an exploration of many musical styles, builds vocabulary, and speaks to the imagination of preschoolers. Through their globe-trotting adventures saving the day, Linny the Guinea Pig, Turtle Tuck, and Ming-Ming Duckling also stress mutual cooperation: "What's gonna work? Teamwork!" is their rallying cry. The sophisticated music on the show's soundtrack not only offers an operatic style, but also brings us a catchy calypso song ("To Be Free"), a Gilbert and Sullivan like offering ("Hug a Hedgy"), a Gershwin-style romp (the engaging title of "Wee Wee, Pee Pee, Tinkle"), and even a rap song ("City Garden Rap").

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QUALITY

Penned by some impressive talent -- Larry Hochman (Spamalot), Bobby Lopez (Avenue Q), and Robert Brown (Parade) -- each song on Wonder Pets! is a "mini-operetta" complete with a live orchestra playing an original score. Each sweet mini-story is just the right length to keep a preschooler's attention -- and kids will have a blast dancing and singing along.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the countries mentioned in the CD to learn more about them. What does the Sphinx look like? How cold does it get in the South Pole? What language do people speak in Mexico? Parents can also try singing to kids: "Go to bed!" or "Take a bath!" sound silly and funny when sung -- and kids might actually listen! This CD can be a starting point for introducing classical music to kids. They can listen to other music aimed at kids: Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, for example.

Music details

Artist:Wonder Pets
Release date:April 10, 2007
Label:Nick Records
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byshinyhappymommy April 9, 2008

Great lessons in geography, culture, music/opera, and TEAMWORK!

An OUTSTANDING children's show, with really cute animated, photo-realistic type animals, appealing to my youngest (age 3) to my oldest (age 9). The show primarily teaches the value of working together to solve problems and save "the animal in trouble", but also provides insight into specific geographic locations and their cultures, different locations featured on each show--from Greece to Venice, NYC to Hawaii. Your kids will also learn a bit about musical operettas as the characters sing through much of the show. All ends up with a celebratory munch on a piece of celery -- wholesome, joyous, insightful, an A+ to the creators of this fantastic show!! You will not be disappointed!
Adult Written byApostrophes January 2, 2015

Um, no.

I'm glad I watched this before I let my one year old watch it. I DO NOT speak in baby voices or baby talk with my child. Research shows that speaking to your child like that can delay their speaking/speech.. With that said, the main voice I heard was that little duck thing, that does baby talk. That was enough for me. No go. Maybe if you need to have your tv on without sound, it would be appropriate for a child younger that 6 months.... but I don't advise allowing a child (who is learning how to talk) to watch this.
Parent of a 2 and 5 year old Written byhannahrose October 21, 2009

A+ on music

I love the music! I find myself singing the theme song for the rest of the day after the kids have watched it. Teaching 2 boys to like opera is no easy task.
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