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Rise Up, Sing Out

By Polly Conway, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Fun musical shorts teach about diversity, communication.

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These charming, super-informative musical shorts give kids powerful tools to communicate about and understand diversity, and Questlove's beats aren't too shabby, either. The animation is vibrant, with handpainted-style backgrounds, cute faces, and bold colors perfect for preschooler age-viewers. Some of the language can feel a little advanced for the intended age range; for example, "microagressions" is a long (but necessary) word. But the positive messages are crystal clear, and the series deserves kudos for not sugarcoating or over-simplifying real issues that audiences young and old can learn from. And other than that, it's wholly age-appropriate, showing kids that it's OK to ask questions and be curious about other people's experiences.

You can definitely hear a bit of The Roots in each upbeat song written by founding members Questlove and Black Thought. Some parents might be reminded of the classic "One to Grown On" segments shown on Saturday mornings in the '80s, but these shorts are relevant, real, and most of all, fun for kids to watch.

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