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STAR FOREST
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Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Description - The band is virtual. The music is real. Created by two parents during a pandemic -an Emmy award winning children's producer and writer and a rock-n-roll composer and engineer, this musical collaboration is a love letter to their children who that couldn't agree on music that was enjoyable for the whole family. Discover Star Forest's first album - enchanting, radical songs that tug on your heart and ignite your imagination. A mix of rich bodied melodies, dreamy ballads, toe tappers, and pirate rappers, Star Forest is something the whole family can vibe with. It's road trip music. It's fanciful. It's inspiring. It's kind. It's cinematic. It's something for everyone.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The CD Star Forest is a pandemic-produced fairy tale and it shows what amazing things you can do when you have time on your hands. Nicely produced tracks and vocal performances help the process along. However, the story and overall direction is a bit muddy, without a clear understanding of its intended audience and keeping their attention with tried and true tricks of the children's music trade. Hopefully we won't have to wait for another pandemic for another album. It's a reminder to fully commit to your target audience!

The music in Star Forest is well-produced and covers a variety of styles. However, it feels a little too hip for the room for their intended age range. I don't think the lyrics are engaging enough for the youngsters to follow. The structure of the individual songs is good, but the continuity from song to song is not cohesive and the style is overthought; not flowing. Some of the songs, with a little tweaking, could play for adult audiences in an esoteric sort of way, but they are not all encompassing for a children's audience. They are a little all over the map. I got lost as to where the story was going while wearing my child-audience hat. This would not work with a live audience. It is just a bit too unfocused for its intended age group. There are some really good performances throughout the album - the kids, ensemble, backgrounds are all good.

I don't believe kids walk away from listening to Star Forrest looking to change the world.

I give Star Forest 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Outstanding! I love it! Definitely will listen to it again and/or share with my friends. I like Star Forest simply because I like the music. It's not a genre of music that anyone would find too loud or too boring. I can imagine listening to this music around a campfire - eating s'mores and singing and dancing to it. This album has a wide range of styles that can really fit any purpose or any person. That's really what I find most appealing about it.

I like that there are backup voices. These voices create a beautiful echo that makes the music sound richer and more beautiful. These sounds can vary between barely noticeable and quite noticeable; both ways are very pretty and add to the music.

Since the band is virtual, I don't really have comments about the musicians. I will say that there are times when the quality of the singing isn't spectacular, but I still really liked it. The songs are very well constructed instrumentally. The backup singers stand out for me. When a voice or an instrument repeats a string of words, it came across quite beautifully. I really liked it. There are no bad words; the vocabulary is certainly kid-friendly. I didn't find myself singing along afterward, however there is one line from the third song of the album, "Wildewood" that stuck in my head, "When the sun goes down and the moon comes up, we're gonna dance the night away." I really loved the instrumental parts - the instruments sound great in all the songs. I can't comment on the recording quality because I don't know much about that. What I do know is that I love this album and that's what counts!

I give Star Forest 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 12.

By Alma Kliper, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

I really enjoyed Star Forest. The singers have great pitch and rhythm, which pairs very well with the music. The lyrics of each song, as well as the album as a whole, are creative and appealing. Sometimes the lyrics form a story; other times they are more just an addition to the wonderful music.

The variety of the different rhythms, tunes and genres are well chosen so that there is something that will be enjoyed by every listener! The musicians are very engaging. They make understanding the story in the songs easy. The singer that stands out the most has an incredible run in a high register. It is the most impressive embellishment any musician adds to this album. Kids will be awestruck and possibly inspired to mirror it themselves! The music is very easy for kids to understand. The vocabulary is basic and most kids will be able to easily listen and follow along with the story. Even if the lyrics are a bit challenging for some, the music is still worth listening to. After listening to the album, I noticed that the songs are repeating themselves in my head, because of their catchy and creative elements.

I give Star Forest 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 10.

By Kyla C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 47 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ 11 Media: AUDIO


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GENIUS GENERATION, THE

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Series: PODCAST, AGES 6-18
Description - Did you know that the trampoline was invented by a 16-year-old? That popsicles, snowmobiles, and the Braille language were also invented by young people? Join host Danni Washington every week to meet the innovative kids, tweens, and teens who are running their own businesses, making new discoveries, or inventing something new using science.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Trax has done it again! The Genius Generation is a podcast about young people with a passion for activism and change.

Each episode of this podcast shares the story of a tween or teen about their innovative ideas and inventions to change the world. Questions for each episode are very similar; however, different stories are shared with completely different responses.

Dani Washington is a great host with a lovely voice. Her willingness, as an adult, to listen to these teens innovators makes this podcast worth the listen. And I cannot forget the guests themselves. These teens and tweens are such an inspiration; not only with their ideas, but their contagious drive to purse their ideas to the fullest. My favorite episode is "Avi Schiffman," about an 18-year-old web developer who created a website platform for convenient and up-to-date information about the coronavirus.

The message of The Genius Generation is expressed by almost all of the guests - pursue your passion; don't be afraid to fail; and most importantly, take initiative for things you care about. Because you never know, maybe you will be the next guest on this show. This podcast is inspirational, educational and promotes positive social behaviors.

I give The Genius Generation 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18, plus adults. You can listen to it on www.trax.fm/the-genius-generation.

By Ashleigh C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

The Genius Generation is a very inventive podcast. It showcases so many different kids and ideas. This is a very inspiring podcast that can help motivate kids to want to make changes in the world.

This podcast is about kids under age 18 that have created something that helps everyone. They usually are asked questions about their barriers, their breakthrough or their creative process. There are six episodes so far, plus a trailer. This podcast talks about so many cool ideas and inventions. The interviewer for the series is Danny Washington.

I like the variety of kids and inventions that are featured in this show. There is usually a "big world" problem that the youth inventor has heard about that has motivated them. In each episode similar questions are used in the interview such as, "What kept you motivated? How did you find out about the problem? What were the barriers and breakthroughs you experiences?" All the inventions are based around science. This is really special, because kids create things to help the world in ways that adults don't even try. For example, Ananya Sridhar invented a new, affordable way to test for lead contamination in water. Neil Suri invented a completely new, affordable way to detect forest fires. Anisha Musti created a new technique to detect Parkinson's disease based solely on the sound of a person's voice. The show is well produced with cool sound effects. Each episode starts with a quote by the person featured in that episode.

The message of this show is that anyone can change the world and, no matter how young you are, you can make a difference.

I give The Genius Generation 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to18, plus adults. You can find this podcast on TRAX at https://www.trax.fm/the-genius-generation

By Avalon N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

This podcast makes me feel amazing; like I can do anything. That's just one reason why I love it so much. It is filled with inspiring quotes such as: "I don't hope for the best, I work for it." "If I'm not making a connection with the piece, I feel like, 'what's the point?' "

The series is about kids who make big changes in the world. There are many stories in this podcast - a new one for each episode. In one of the episodes, a girl named Luna Abadia talks about her experience studying abroad in Japan. There, she saw firsthand all the effects of climate change and comments, "I am fighting for all those around the world that are affected by climate change." Her story continues as her organization, ECAP (Effective Climate Action Project) fights to stop the continuing effects of climate change.

Some of the impressive things about this podcast are the clarity of the voices, the sound effects and, most of all, the stories. Each and every story finds some way to hook you in. There are many components that contribute to making this podcast interesting. Two of the main factors are the background music and the sound effects, which are particularly outstanding. An example is when Luna talks about how she got hooked into science in school and we hear a school bell in the background that takes you there. Another time, we hear the sound of metal clinking when Luna mentions a microscope. Another amazing thing about this podcast is the narrator, Danni Washington. She asks relevant and thoughtful questions and speaks with a clear voice.

The Genius Generation has one message throughout - kids can do anything. It is in the title itself. Youth have a voice and we should use it.

I give The Genius Generation 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. This podcast can be found on Trax at https://www.trax.fm/the-genius-generation

By Apurva S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 23 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 6-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: AUDIO


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LIVE FROM MOUNT OLYMPUS

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Series: PODCAST, AGES 8-12
Description - Combining the talent of contemporary theater with the power of Greek myths, this podcast is an audio adventure for audiences of all ages. When young Perseus makes a rash promise to save his mother from the clutches of an evil king, he has to strike out on a dangerous quest. Hermes, god of luck and thieves (Hadestown's Andr� De Shields), is the host for this tale of terrifying monsters, powerful gods, and a brave girl who will change our hero's life forever. This is a production of the Onassis Foundation.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Live from Mount Olympus is entertaining because it teaches Greek mythological lessons to tweens and makes it more digestible, appropriate and action-packed.

The podcast is perfect for tweens that are interested in Greek mythology and find the exciting stories entertaining. Hermes, the god of luck and thieves, is the host and acts as the messenger between the gods and humans. Throughout each episode, the listener learns about Perseus trying to save his mother from an evil King by using his power and perseverance. Each episode begins with a recap, presents a quest that Perseus goes on, a lesson he learns, and ends with an ad for similar podcasts.

The podcast is very well produced and is highly entertaining, while simultaneously educating tweens about Greek mythology. The episodes range from approximately 20 to 30 minutes in length. The sound effects, voices and overall soundscape made it seem like I was really there in the midst of the action. At some points, I closed my eyes and could easily picture the interactions between the characters playing out in my head, due to the great attention to detail pertaining to the spatial awareness. I recommend listening with earphones to get the full effect. Another interesting component of this podcast is that the listener can take a quiz to see what Greek god they are.

The message of this podcast is that anyone can be their own hero; in other words, believe in yourself.

I give Live from Mount Olympus 5 out 5 stars and recommend this for ages 8 to 13. You can listen to this now on TRAX at: https://www.trax.fm/live-from-mount-olympus.

By Tor F., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Live from Mount Olympus is a fresh take on effervescent Greek mythology with witty narration and amazing production quality that is sure to hook any and all listeners and spark an interest in these ancient stories.

This TRAX podcast, backed by the Onassis Foundation, centers around Perseus (Divine Garland), our young hero who you may know from the Medusa myth. Perseus makes a rash promise to save his mother from an evil king and embarks upon several crazy adventures along the way. The show is narrated by Perseus' sibling, another son of Zeus, Hermes (Andr� De Shields), god of luck and thieves. The podcast has everything mythology fans will love: terrifying monsters, rich plot lines, powerful gods, the quintessential Greek theatrical elements of family, love and discovering oneself and your capabilities.

Live from Mount Olympus is produced by the Onassis Foundation. Many of the individuals on the podcast's team are Tony award-winners or Peabody-award winners, and their prowess shows. The brilliantly-designed audio blends rich, mellifluous background music with spry, enthralling and engaging narration. Perseus' and Hermes' witty repartee also invites even those who loathe mythology (who could?) to listen to the podcast. Even though it's a podcast, I could visualize all the characters right in front of me, especially the Gorgons and other monsters. Overall, the voice acting and production quality combine to make this podcast an even more fun and enriching experience!

Live from Mount Olympus promotes messages of perseverance, courage and exploration - three key elements to any Greek hero. It's a great podcast for young kids to listen to in their free time for entertainment purposes; they'll surely pick up some positive qualities from the podcast.

I give Live from Mount Olympus 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 9 to 18. Adults will enjoy this podcast as well. You can listen to Live from Mount Olympus on TRAX at https://www.trax.fm/live-from-mount-olympus

By Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

Live From Mount Olympus is an interesting podcast retelling the Greek myth of Perseus with a few flaws, but plenty of mythical elements, characterized voice acting, and nice sound effects. This is a great podcast for kids and young teens who love myths!

This podcast follows Perseus (Divine Garland) as he braves the quest of collecting the gorgon Medusa's head. In addition to this mission, the episodes reveal some interesting relationships as Perseus journeys home. If you always wanted to know what happened from the time Perseus gets Medusa's head to when he returns to his island, this podcast is for you.

Many traditional stories include mythical elements and Live From Mount Olympus uses plenty of these, including sea serpents, gorgons, gods, royalty and so much more. Along with these elements, realistic sound effects are used to pull you in so that you can't stop hitting the next play button! Sound effects are vital because there is nothing on the screen to guide you. Natural sounds like birds, rushing water and wind are often in the background, making it more realistic. Sometimes podcasts only have background noises when it is important to the plot, but that is Live from Mount Olympus makes full use of them throughout each episode. Voice acting is the key aspect when creating podcasts and the actors have to use the tone of their voices to help the audience understand what's going on. Most of these episodes have plenty of characterized acting, but in some action scenes it is hard to understand exactly what is happening. Sometimes the suspense level is low because I was not sure what was going on. For example, in Medusa's cave, it is supposed to be a very breathtaking moment. I found that, because I was unsure where everyone is or what they're doing, it lost some excitement. The characters are noticeably different in this podcast than in the original stories. This could be disappointing if you're hoping for more character connections to those stories. Perseus does not have as much pride as his character originally had, and has other personality differences.

The message of this podcast is do not let your pride get in the way. Showing how bravery is rewarded is another component.

I give Live From Mount Olympus 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 13. Listen to Live From Mount Olympus on Trax at https://www.trax.fm/live-from-mount-olympus

By Kyla C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

The Live from Mount Olympus podcast is great. It's really engaging and it follows one of my favorite topics -- Greek mythology. The introduction introduces Perseus and it's amazing how they bring this story to life! -- even in the introduction.

The storyline follows Perseus, son of Zeus and princess Danae. Baby Perseus, due to a prophecy of him killing his grandfather, is locked in a wooden crate along with his mother and pushed out to sea. The crate lands on Seriphus, where Perseus grows up, oblivious to his destiny. When King Polydectes tries to force Danae to marry him, Perseus makes a crazy vow to save his mother from the evil king and it leads him on all sorts of quests. Medusa? Sea monsters? The titan Atlas? Bring it on!

I've read a lot of mythology and know that when a God has a child with a mortal, that child is considered a demigod. Demi means half, which means that person is half-god. The most famous demigods in Greek Mythology are Heracles and Perseus. This is a great introduction to the myth of Perseus. When I read about Perseus, his story is barely mentioned, because there was so much else to talk about. This podcast is a really nice presentation of Perseus' story. It's super engaging. I love how writers Alexie Basil and Nathan Yungerberg wrote it so it is very lifelike and you feel as if you are actually there watching it all. I also like the accent of Andromeda; when I heard that, I sort of perked up. It makes you pay attention. Tony Award-winner Andre De Shields voices Hermes, messenger of the gods and narrator of the show. He just makes you want to keep listening! The only issue I have is that sometimes the tone of the voiceovers doesn't match the words they are saying. The entire podcast is super engaging. I don't think I could imagine a better adaptation of the myth of Perseus.

The podcast teaches multiple lessons - think before you speak; listen to your parents; don't make rash promises are a few.

I really like Live from Mount Olympus and rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars. It's engaging; it's amazing. I recommend it for ages 4 to 18, plus adults. If a person enjoys Greek mythology, this podcast is a must. Even my five-year-old brother was hooked! You can listen to Live from Mount Olympus on TRAX at https://www.trax.fm/live-from-mount-olympus

By Alma K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

The podcast Live From Mount Olympus tells an intriguing tale filled with action and adventure, that is sure to leave you itching to hear the next episode.

The podcast is based on Greek mythology, narrated by Andre De Shields as the voice of Hermes, the ancient God of thieves, luck and much more. Divine Garland plays the role of a boy named Perseus, who is the son of Zeus, God of the sky and leader of the Olympians and Jullian Walker plays Danea. Perseus makes a rash promise to an evil king to save his mom and ends up embarking on a dangerous journey.

This podcast is about characters from Greek mythology that go on a new quest which is not from the original Greek myths. The voice actors all make this feel like a story that is taking place. We hear a range of emotions in their voices from fear to annoyance, and more. They make this new story something that makes history believable. The sound effects are excellent and really enhance the story. This is a podcast where sometimes things get really fast and intense, but you can easily figure out what is happening - especially if you are into Greek mythology. It is an amazing podcast which I hope will have a sequel.

The message is to be careful what you promise to do and take things seriously when you are considering doing something. In this story, Perseus makes a rash promise without knowing what he has to do to save his mom. He ends up getting a task that some people think is impossible. If he had thought more about what he said, he might not have been stuck with the situation that he was.

I give Live From Mount Olympus 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 9 to18, plus adults. I also recommend you review the original story of Perseus before you listen to this. This is an adventure you will not want to miss. You can listen to Live From Mount Olympus on TRAX at https://www.trax.fm/live-from-mount-olympus.

By Avalon N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 17 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: AUDIO


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THAT'S TOTALLY NORMAL!

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Series: PODCAST, AGES 8-12
Description - Yes, this is the podcast about the science of puberty. As soon as we're born our bodies are constantly growing, changing, breaking and at times, confusing us. And the biggest changes, growths and confusions seem to come when we're young, vulnerable and easily embarrassed. Yes, we're talking about puberty. And yes, it sometimes can be hard to talk about. But, it doesn't need to be. Put on some headphones and lean in as we break down the biology, chemistry and health topics of growing, changing and going up. The host is Dr. Tessa Commers a board-certified pediatrician (MD, FAAP) based in Seattle, WA.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - That's Totally Normal! is interesting and puts science and puberty in layman's terms, while simultaneously giving young teenagers healthy relationship advice.

The podcast That's Totally Normal! discusses puberty and the various topics include changing relationships, voice changes, growth spurts, stretch marks and cellulite. Hosted by Dr. T, each show begins with an introduction backed with an upbeat song. The setup for the episode is prompted by a listener's question that relates to the topic.

The audio is crisp and the production value is wonderful. It is easy to listen to and the topics are age appropriate and engaging. An example of how the podcast is engaging, yet informative is in the episode, "Changing Relationships." This episode includes various snippets of responses and stories of multiple young teenagers that are interviewed. This reinforces the central idea that it is totally normal for young teenagers to experience the things they are experiencing. Dr. T gives scientific explanations, in a simple way, as to why puberty causes young teenagers to act the way they do. Dr. T explicates responses that can better alleviate future disagreements with young teenagers and their friends, peers and family.

The message of this podcast is that truly, what teens are experiencing is completely normal and backed by sciences and the experiences of others.

Overall, I give That's Totally Normal! 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. You can listen to it now on TRAX at https://www.trax.fm/thats-totally-normal

By Tor F., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like the podcast That's Totally Normal. It is informational and enjoyable. I learned things that I didn't know but, I thought I knew. The film talks about a variety of topics and it's nice to choose what you want to listen to hear other people's point of view. I could relate to the things that these women are talking about.

Hosted by a female doctor, each episode in this podcast addresses different topics. I listened to "Where's My Period, And When Will It Be Regular," "The Erection Episodes" and "Hair Down Where?" They discuss different things like odor, acne, periods, body image and etc. We learn what causes these things, how normal they are and how they happen to everyone. Also, there are youth guests on the show so you can listen to a kids' point of view.

I learned more about guys' and girls' bodies how they work. There are many cool facts on this podcast that interest me and make me want to learn much more about my own body. My favorite episode is "The Erection Episode." It made me feel like I wasn't alone in my curiosity about boys. I'm sure other girls my age have questions about these same things. It helped learning more about boys' bodies and how they deal with them.

The message of this podcast is that our bodies are normal and, in my case, every girl is going to experience what I am - periods, body image, boys, drama and more. In the case of boys, every guy is going through the same sorts of things - enlargement, insecurities, odor and such. Everything going on in your body is normal and you don't need to be ashamed because the person standing next to you or your friend is going through the exact same things that you are. Our bodies are normal. This podcast talks about things that people might be uncomfortable talking about and that some kids might not be ready for but are curious about. It is very informational and could help lots of people that are thinking about their bodies constantly, wondering what is going on.

I give That's Totally Normal 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18. You can find this podcast online at TRAX at https://www.trax.fm/thats-totally-normal

Reviewd by Makena P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

Puberty, sex and ejaculation? These words used to make me cringe, but that is because I didn't know what they actually meant. Now I know That's Totally Normal!

The podcast That's Totally Normal! explores all of those uncomfortable and embarrassing topics we would rather not talk about or educate ourselves about. However, it is done in such a way where, not only is the audience comfortable, but more informed. On average, each episode is eleven minutes in length or substantially less.

Host and writer Dr. Tessa Commers, known to us as Dr. T, has a youthful and reassuring voice. As a board-certified pediatrician and the writer of this podcast, the information she provides can be trusted and taken to heart. Editor and Sound Designer John Ross makes the entire podcast come together by adding whimsical and funny sound effects that make the information easier to take. My favorite episode is "Acne," where Dr. T discusses the world of zits, pimples and even bacne.

The positive and uplifting message of the podcast That's Totally Normal! suggests that "we are all in this together." While our bodies may be different, together we experience many of the same things.

That's Totally Normal! gets 5 out of 5 stars and I recommend it for ages 10 to 18, as well as adults. You can find the podcast That's Totally Normal! on TRAX at https://www.trax.fm/thats-totally-normal

By Ashleigh C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17
Runtime: 13 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: AUDIO


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OOH! YOU'RE IN TROUBLE

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Series: PODCAST, AGES 8-12
Description - Ooh You're in Trouble is a podcast for tweens about the moments of defiance that define us. Each episode features true stories of young people confessing a moment they broke the rules growing up. From the makers of MORTIFIED, the series explores why kids defy rules -- what does it reveal about us and what can we learn from it? From sneaking out of the house past curfew to organizing a protest, these are the stories of Rebels, Rascals, Rule Breakers, and even Revolutionaries. The result? A show that's funny, educational, insightful and messy. Just like growing up.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Ooh! You're in Trouble is fun, but simultaneously life lessons. They are interactive and allow the listener to reflect and answer questions at the end. The audio is crisp and the production value is extraordinary.

The podcast Ooh! You're in Trouble showcases stories of kids that have broken the rules. This podcast is not about glamorizing the stories of the mischievous, but explains why kids feel the need to break the rules. The topics that are up for discussion include underage driving without a license, bullying a teacher and creating an illegal slime business. The episodes begin with a disclaimer that all the stories are true, but some names and places have been changed. After the disclaimer, there is a sleuthy song accompanied by children saying, "Ooh! You're in trouble," then the show begins.

What makes the podcast interesting and informative is shown in the episode "Not Licensed to Drive." Kate explains how she drove her mom's car at the age of 14 to go get milkshakes on a hot summer day in the Midwest. Although Kate, her sister and friend did not get caught, through Kate's reflection, she explains that it was not a smart idea. The podcast lists various other possible outcomes that could have occurred that day. The end of the podcast prompts the listener with the questions, "What would you do?

The message of this podcast is to point out that, although it may be tempting to break the rules, there are consequences that you should be aware of. By listening to those that have done it, perhaps you might rethink things.

I give Ooh! You're in Trouble 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to age 8 to 18. You can listen to it now on TRAX at https://www.trax.fm/ooh-youre-in-trouble

By Tor F., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - A fun, light podcast perfect for a morning commute, Ooh, You're in Trouble will entertain listeners of all ages with its fun sound effects and strong storytelling style.

Ooh, You're in Trouble is a podcast where adults look back at their moments of teen defiance that shaped them. Each episode centers around one misadventure, a true story of a moment a young adult that broke the rules growing up and what they learned from their experience. It's an interesting answer to the question: why do we act out?

It's a show that's funny, educational, entertaining and insightful - perfectly reflective of growing up. The participants in each episode are between the ages of 10 and 25. They engagingly tell their stories, with an intricate plot buildup and super dramatic climax; they surely capture listeners' attention. Merk Nguyen hosts the podcast (in a minor role) as LV, the "little voice inside your head." Nguyen's peppy hosting helps accent each episode, though she doesn't play as big of a role as a conventional podcast host. Each episode is blended with tons of light, youthful-sounding music and effects (every episode has background music created by a different artist). The crisp editing by Hadley Dion and Aaron Garber makes the 20- to 27-minute episodes fly by! I also love the podcast thumbnails' art style, and the titles are super fun, too.

The message of Ooh, You're in Trouble is one of exploration and learning from your past doings; all of the older participants got into sticky situations as tweens or teens and grew from those mistakes. It's a positive message that's not pushed too hard, but that makes it perfect for leisure listening without sounding too preachy.

I would give Ooh, You're in Trouble 5 stars out of 5 and recommend it for ages 13 to 18. You can listen to We Got You on TRAX at https://www.trax.fm/ooh-youre-in-trouble

By Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

The stories in the podcast Ooh You're in Trouble are beautifully illustrated and told in a way in which you learn something and it's also exciting to listen to. I really enjoyed it. At first I thought that this podcast wouldn't be fun, as it progresses I found myself drawn in. I was learning a lot, and it is hilarious.

This podcast is told by adults and teens talking about experiences that they have had breaking or bending the rules when they were younger. The audience is asked questions too and gets to ponder what they would do in a particular situation. The people talk about their experiences, while voicing regret and also lessons that they learned from it.

This podcast is cheesy and dramatic at times, but that contributes to its overall humor and makes it more entertaining and engaging. The recurring actors on the show are always able to bring out a new voice for their character. The sound effects, variation of points of views and the difference in stories all contribute to an amazing show. I love how some of the episodes are very relatable for me, and that I find them all enjoyable regardless. They are a reasonable length and have playful, mischievous music which really sets the fun mood of the podcast. My favorite episode is one following a girl that drives a car before she has her license and all the obstacles she and her friends have to overcome to meet their goal. I find it highly impressive how well thought through some of the peoples' plans are in this podcast and how determined they are at times to get to their goal. The show is about troublemaking, but sometimes it's not pointed out that people's actions are wrong. This is beneficial, because it leaves it up to you to decide if you would do the things that they did in a particular situation, hypothetically. But, it also could be problematic in that it might give kids ideas for getting into trouble. So, when listening to it, keep that in mind. Just because it's not voiced clearly that the actions are wrong, that doesn't mean you should do them.

The message of this podcast is that troublemaking isn't always necessarily "bad," but it can sometimes get to the point where it ends badly or unsafely and you will probably regret your actions afterwards, but learn something too.

I give Ooh You're in Trouble 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to18, plus adults. Ooh, You're In Trouble is available on TRAX at https://www.trax.fm/ooh-youre-in-trouble

Reviewed by Rosemary K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 25 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: AUDIO


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WE GOT YOU

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Series: PODCAST, AGES 8-12
Description - We Got You is a podcast that gives a voice to every kid out there who doesn't have anyone to go to, with advice straight from teens who've been there before. We Got You is a weekly advice podcast where teens answer questions from middle schoolers across the country on life, loneliness and an uncertain future. We Got You is produced by Sonic Union.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - We Got You is a wonderful tool, particularly during the pandemic when some children are unable to make it to their therapy appointments. But, it's relevant to others that are not in therapy also.

The podcast We Got You is a series aimed towards tweens and teens that do not have someone to confide in. The speakers are older teenagers that have been through some difficult things that the younger teens are dealing with such as divorce, depression and suicide. Each episode begins with the host, Samantha Logan, introducing the topic of discussion, then the guest (an older teen) tells their story. Through the older teen's story, advice and reassurance for the younger teens is given.

This podcast is very well produced and informative. The audio is crisp; the intros on all the podcasts are uniform and the background music during the host's introduction is suitable. The issues addressed are perfect for tweens and teens. For example in the episode "Jazmine - Depression is OK to Discuss," Jazmine discusses how she felt extremely alone and could not understand why she felt so sad all the time. She reassures the listener that they are not "crazy" if their mental health is not 100% all the time and they should find healthy coping mechanisms to get themselves out of a depressive situation.

The message of this podcast is that you are not alone in feeling the way you do, that others have experienced similar things and can give you advice on how to manage your feelings.

I give We Got You 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this to ages 8 to 12. You can listen to this now on TRAX at https://www.trax.fm/we-got-you.

By Tor F., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - A candid and honest look at modern teens' lives with incisive commentary on mental illness, coping with conflict and other timely topics, We Got You is a great listen for kids looking for answers.

Have you ever felt like you are experiencing something negative that no one else is? Well, We Got You reassures you that there is someone who has been there and done that before, sharing the perspectives of kids on growing up, thriving and surviving in an uncertain world, and dealing with the darker aspects of life. Each episode has two parts. First, a kid speaks about their experiences. For example, one episode centers around a girl named Asha and her experiences with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Second, the floor is opened up for questions about the subject, which are submitted through the show's Twitter account, and the main speaker is joined by one or two other kids who share their personal experiences and thoughts. The show is hosted by actress Samantha Logan, but she takes a backseat in the podcasts, and it feels like each episode is really hosted by the kid who's sharing their thoughts.

The kids on the show are truly skilled raconteurs, presenting their experiences in an engaging way that makes you feel for them. Many of the speakers bore their hearts on the podcast, especially in the episodes about mental health, and it is heartwarming to see that they feel confident to share their experiences and thoughts so openly. The podcast is full of earnest perspectives and the roundtable segment features lots of great questions that I would definitely have asked. The sound designer Rob Ballingall also beautifully blends together sound bites with some sound effects and background music to make the podcast even more intricate.

The message of We Got You is quite simple: you don't have to go through anything alone. It's a podcast with a purpose, a beautiful one at that, and it's executed wonderfully.

I would give We Got You 5 stars out of 5, and recommend it for ages 12 to 18. You can listen to We Got You on TRAX at https://www.trax.fm/we-got-you

By Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

The We Got You podcast is an amazing outlet for kids and teens that don't have a voice or need extra inspiration to help cope with their challenges. This podcast is all about helping others hold onto hope.

Writer / creator (Halle Petro) and producer (Sonic Union) proudly presents We Got You. Many episodes have guest speakers that talk about their conflicts. The podcast covers such topics as dyslexia, anxiety, depression, PTSD, social media, bullying and lots more.

I love this podcast series, because it includes so many inspirational stories. I got a sense of thankfulness while listening to the first couple of episodes. Although the podcast is audio only, it makes you take the time to settle down and listen. The guest speakers are so strong in their ability to speak out and spread awareness. Each episode is about 15 to 20 minutes long. They are full of amazing stories and a Q and A. The Q and A at the end of each episode includes middle-schoolers from around the country that get their questions answered by teens that have been there before. Especially during these tough times due to COVID-19, taking care of our physical and mental health is important. The weekly advice in these podcasts encourages kids and teens to come of age in the world around us. In each episode the real life example is accompanied by music that transports the listener to that space. Listening to these stories can give anyone hope, courage and gratitude.

I got lots of messages from this podcast, although the one that stood out the most is to hold onto hope. Never give up; have courage!

I give the podcast series We Got You series 5 out 5 stars and recommend it for ages 9 to 16. The We Got You podcast is currently available on TRAX podcast page at https://www.trax.fm/we-got-you.

By Avery P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

We Got You is such an inspirational podcast. I love it. It shares stories from teens all over the country that have gone through hard times and makes them feel heard. This podcast also makes you feel lots of emotions and is almost as entertaining as a regular TV show.

For example, one of the episodes talks about Jaelin, an 18-year-old boy who lost both of his parents before the age of nine, and went through childhood being abused by his stepfather. His journey continues as Jaelin finds hope through his brothers and friends.

One of the best things about this podcast is the emotions. You can really feel all that Jaelin's been through, from the death of his first parent to losing his second. His enlightening speech gives you hope that there is always a way out, no matter how much you have been through. Many movies, TV shows and podcasts use music to convey emotions. However, We Got You doesn't need music to show what these kids are feeling; you only need to hear their stories. To be able to show emotion without music is pretty hard, so that really intrigued me.

In the words of Dumbledore, "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, when only one remembers to turn on the light." This describes the message of the podcast (even though it's not said in that way), that you should never lose hope. There are no foul words or concepts, but there is some mention of aggressive behavior. An example is Jaelin speaking of his father both verbally and physically abusing him.

I give We Got You 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18 and anyone who is going through a hard time. We Got You can be found on Trax at https://www.trax.fm/we-got-you.

By Apurva S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 27 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: AUDIO


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BUENOS DIAS! SPANISH LEARNING SONGS

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Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 3-9
Description - Irresistible salsa, merengue, flamenco, and Andean rhythms introduce kids to the vibrant music, language, and culture of the Spanish-speaking world, as they learn Spanish along the way.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The CD Buenos Dias! Spanish Learning Songs from Whistlefritz gives a terrific sample of traditional musical styles representing Spanish culture. The music ranges from lively salsa rhythms to slower lullabies. Most songs are original, but the songs "Manzanita de Peru," "Arbolito de Peru" and "Duermete Mi Nino/Mi Nina" include traditional lyrics with new music and arrangements. The songs have catchy Spanish lyrics, repetitive sentence frames and English translations included in the liner notes. Word-by-word translation guides are contained on the Whistlefritz website. A couple of the songs describe the weather ("Buenos Dias, Amiguitos") and making introductions ("Como Se Llama La Llama?"). "El Tamal No Esta Mal" portrays a picky eater whom others entice with different foods. "Hagamos Musica" and "Sonidos del Flamenco" describe traditional Spanish instruments such as the guitar and castanets and their sounds. Listeners can sing about the fun eggshell tradition in "Cascarones." "Se Habla Espanol" lists countries where Spanish is spoken. "Mi Osito" would appeal to younger children as the speaker searches for a lost teddy bear. There are songs for Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. The artists Jorge Anaya, Ileana Perez and Didier Prossaird perform the songs expertly with pleasant voices matching the mood and humor of the songs. All in all the 15 tracks offer the listener exposure to different Spanish musical styles, traditions and language. I give this CD 4 out of 5 stars and recommended it for ages 5 to 9. Reviewed by Christine R., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like Buenos D�as: Spanish Learning Songs CD because it is very pleasant and electrifying to listen to. It has kid-friendly songs that make it easy to learn Spanish at the same time you are dancing to the songs.

This CD has 15 songs and is about 40 minutes of fun. The singers are award-winning soprano Ileana P�rez and Jorge Anaya, who is a songwriter too. Didier Prossaird is in charge of the fantastic music. The CD includes each song's lyrics and its translation in English as well as a tool to help the listeners learn Spanish. This CD helps the children to learn how to count, how to say words in Spanish, how to be nice to others and teaches about things like costumes or typical traditions related to Spanish language countries.

My favorite songs are number two, "Como se Llama la Llama?" (What's the Lama's Name?), because it is so catchy and fun to listen to. I also like number four, "Sonidos del Flamenco" (Sounds of Flamenco) because it is so peaceful and soothing. I even picked up some words that I didn't know. This CD can be a very productive tool to teach Spanish in preschool or elementary classrooms.

This CD's songs transports you to different countries, teaches you about different cultures and offers different types of musical rhythms to dance to. If you have Hispanic roots, it makes you feel proud of where your parents or ancestors come from and helps you to appreciate your background.

I give Buenos Dias Spanish Learning Songs 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 12. This CD is out now and it can be a very useful Christmas gift. So go get it pronto!

Reviewed by Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

Buenos Dias! Spanish Learning Songs is the perfect album to teach young kids the Spanish language! Each song is fun and has a great beat to keep kids entertained while learning. The songs are also extremely catchy.

This CD is aimed for preschool and early elementary children to learn how to speak Spanish. Whistlefritz, the CD's producer is known for their work in teaching languages through music. It's comforting to know you will be taught how to speak the language the correct and proper way. The artists and singers, Jorge Anaya, Ileana Perez and Didier Prossaird sing the various songs on the CD. Each song is short, around one to two minutes long. The lyrics are fairly easy to learn and the basic Spanish words can be picked up quickly. There are translations in English as well.

My favorite song is "Como Se Llama La Llama?" (What's the Llama's Name?). The beat is of merengue music, making you want to dance along. Some of the other songs focus on holidays, like Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. It's the perfect album to listen to year round. There are also great lullabies like "Duermete Mi Nino" and "Duermete Mi Ni�a" for bedtime listening.

This CD's purpose is to teach young children how to speak Spanish. Some of the songs tell stories and others are lullabies. The first track is named "Buenos Dias, Amiguitos" (Good Morning, Little Friends), which serves as the welcome introduction to the soundtrack.

I give Buenos Dias! Spanish Learning Songs 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 9. It is available to order at www.Whistlefritz.com now. Look for it.

By Heather S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

!Buenos D�as! Spanish Learning Songs is an eclectic and happy collection of children's music that lifts the spirits from the moment you play the first song. It is great, not only for multicultural families, but also for those that love to explore different cultures, discover traditions from other countries and learn a second language.

I love how diverse this compilation of children songs is. You can enjoy different rhythms from different countries including Mexico, Peru and Colombia from South America and also flamenco from Spain. You can sing and dance along with the songs to the beats and sounds of salsa, merengue and Caribbean tunes from traditional children's songs from Spanish speaking countries.

Families can enjoy !Buenos D�as! Spanish Learning Songs musically and as a learning experience as well. The CD comes with a booklet with lyrics in Spanish and their English translations, so parents and kids can learn while they sing. The lyrics contain a great amount of basic vocabulary about animals, nature, food, music and human relationships.

The selections of songs, recording, arrangements and production is of the highest quality. The voice of Cuban-American Soprano singer Ileana Perez is beautiful and her Spanish enunciation is very clear. The musical production is impeccable and it is also an enriching experience while learning music.

The 15 tracks in !Buenos D�as! Spanish Learning Songs are all enjoyable. I recommend !Buenos D�as! Spanish Learning Songs for kids ages 2 to 10, as well as the whole family. I give it 5 out of 5 stars for its exceptional music quality and the fascinating learning experience. It's available now, so look for it.

Reviewed by Zoe C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 40 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 3-9 Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99 Media: AUDIO


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TIMESTORM

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Series: PODCAST, AGES 8-12
Description - When the Ventura twins are yanked into another dimension, they meet a distant cousin who gives them an extraordinary mission: travel through time to preserve their culture's true history. Alexa and Beni visit three continents across the span of five centuries, meeting people who have left their mark on Puerto Rican heritage. In the twenty-first century, the twins navigate school, friendship, and family while keeping their time-traveling quests a secret. When a natural disaster devastates islands across the Caribbean, the twins understand what is at stake for their ancestral homeland. As Puerto Rico faces an uncertain future, the twins witness, find, and remember its past. Produced by Cocotazo Media.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Timestorm is an exhilarating podcast with constant action that will excite young viewers. The story can be a little hard to follow at times, but the background sounds when they are in the timestorm signifies movement into the Timestorm, which helps you place you there. The show also throws a lot of educational and cultural information about Puerto Rico, intertwined with the exciting adventures.

The kids enjoy adventures as if they are traveling in time. They learn a lot about their Puerto Rican heritage and culture in the process. They have a very exciting and fulfilling time while jumping through history and learn far more than within the limitations of a classroom. My favorite part, aside from the story itself, are the sound effects which are fantastic. Of course, the characters are very expressive and dynamic, which is needed without a concrete visual.

The message of this podcast is that learning can be fun and that knowledge is exciting, fulfilling and opens so many doors.

I give Timestorm 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 14. Reviewed by Melissa M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Timestorm is a very interesting podcast series with a unique story line, which is important for something you can't see and only hear. I also like that it's different from movies or cartoons and TV shows because it's a podcast, so you have to develop listening skills and create the scenes in your mind.

This podcast is about a man named Horacio who finds two cousins, Alex and Beni Ventura. Horacio teleports them to the Timestorm, a place where they're not on planet Earth, but they're somewhere back in time. They start to learn about why they were brought there in the first place. Once they learn, they have to wait till the right time, which turns out to be when hurricane Maria comes. Hurricane Maria is the hurricane that devastated the island of Puerto Rico in September 2017. When the hurricane comes, they got to the Timestorm to start their mission. They are given clothes to fit the time they are going to. Horacio tells them not to mess with anything because it would change time in the present if they did. If you want to hear the rest, go listen to the podcast to know what happens after.

My favorite episode is number three, because listeners start to discover cool things about the Timestorm. In this episode, Alexa and Beni go into the Timestorm and learn about how their clothes have superpowers, and how they can speak any language with their clothes. My favorite character is Beni because he is like me: a gamer, loves books and thinks everything is an adventure.

This podcast has 20 episodes, each is approximately 15 to 30 minutes long, which is the perfect amount of time. The voice-overs are excellent, because each voice fits each character. What is interesting about podcasts is that they are sound only, but this podcast is designed with such original high quality that you can imagine the scenario as if you're watching it on a screen.

The moral of this podcast is you can't always be the hero--Alex and Beni want to help the world from the storm, but then they realize that you can't stop storms. They want to change the world, but if they do it would mess with history and possibly ruin the world. It teaches them that not everyone can be a hero or help people. Just do the best you can, like they did.

I give Timestorm 5 out 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. Adults will enjoy this podcast as well. Timestorm can be found online at Trax: https://www.trax.fm/timestorm

Reviewed by Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14
Runtime: 10 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: AUDIO


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FEELING MY FLO

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Series: PODCAST, AGES 8-12
Description - Why a period is so much more than punctuation. Feeling My Flo is a reported podcast where menstruation is an event that happens to all types of bodies. The show features menstruators who identify all along the gender spectrum and is geared toward young people eager for information and community as they experience one of the most transformative changes in their lives. In addition to centering the stories of menstruators from a broad swath of cultural and economic backgrounds, the podcast offers reliable and actionable information about the changes that occur when people menstruate. Feeling My Flo is produced by Lantigua Williams & Co.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I wish I had been exposed to a podcast like Feeling My Flo when I started my period! Young girls are told to just deal with, endure and stay silent. The stigma surrounding the menstruation cycle is heavy, and this is just the podcast for all the menstruators fighting the battle with this natural entity.

Feeling My Flo is an educational podcast hosted by Kamilah Kashanie that talks about how "menstruation is an event that happens to all types of bodies." In this 20 episode series, Kamilah speaks to menstruators of all kinds. Whether they are 10 years old and just beginning this journey or a transgender man. We learn about the innovative period projects that exist to destigmatize menstruation such as the period emoji, tampon run and even an educational comic book made in India. We learn about how menstruation can affect a woman travelling to space, be viewed differently throughout generations of women, and can affect the relationship between a father and daughter. There are even certified healthcare professionals giving their expert advice on the different stages of a period and how normal all of it is.

As a menstruator myself, I am thoroughly shocked at some of the facts that I hear in this podcast. NASA scientists thought that Sally Ride, the first American woman to go to space, would need 100 tampons for a week in space. But facts like that only make Feeling My Flo stand out from other forms of education on menstruation. I love that it includes the experiences of many types of people who get their periods and sheds a light on all of the embarrassing moments that all of us have definitely experienced. I love how concise yet detailed the script for this podcast is. In a short 20 episode run of about 10 minutes per episode, this podcast covers almost everything you may need to know about periods and the media surrounding them. If I could, I would make my 11-year-old self listen to this podcast when she started crying after her first period, because maybe then she would realize how normal what she is going through is. Kamilah Kashanie is an excellent host and an eloquent speaker. She really has a strong presence in her voice, and I am beyond excited to hear her future podcasts.

For all of the young girls and boys out there who don't understand the tumultuous world of the menstrual cycle, whether you will be or are experiencing it (or not), this podcast explains how all of it is normal and that there is nothing to be ashamed of. This podcast promotes starting a conversation whether that is with your parents, friends, or doctors. And not fully loving your period and accepting it for what it is, is completely okay. You are allowed to not be okay, to be in pain and take it easy for a few days.

I rate this podcast an easy 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to kids ages 9 to 18. I will probably also recommend it to my high school and middle school health teachers as well. You can listen to Feeling My Flo on Trax at https://www.trax.fm/feeling-my-flo


KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Feeling my Flo is a podcast that deals with menstruation talk over the course of 21 short episodes. To start off, it is produced gorgeously so the podcast really feels like a natural conversation. Credits to the lead producer, Cedric Wilson. Plus, the sound design, by Kojin Tashiro, is interesting to hear - especially the intro song. FFeeling My Flo is definitely worth giving a listen.

Feeling My Flo answers questions and concerns about people all across the gender spectrum that experience menstruation. This inclusivity is important as everyone deserves to be properly educated and prepared for such a big change in their life. Essentially, the goal of this podcast ventures deeper than just schooling teenagers on what's going on in their bodies; the creators try to normalize menstruation talk. Away with period shame!

While the production of the podcast is extremely important, the most attractive feature of Feeling My Flo is its ability to freely discuss all the variables that affect periods. This is not to say the production is anything less than phenomenal; it most certainly is. The episode where they highlight the ways eating disorders hurt your menstrual health is particularly memorable, as Annie goes into detail about her experiences. This episode should be viewed with an adult, as the content can be triggering. Overall, Feel the Flo is the perfect way to teach young people how to deal with their periods.

The message behind Feeling My Flo is to never be ashamed of the most natural thing your body can do - menstruation! A beautiful lesson every child should learn.

I rate Feeling My Flo 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this podcast for ages 8 through 16. You can find this awesome podcast online now at TRAX: https://www.trax.fm/feeling-my-flo

Reviewed by Joshitha B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14
Runtime: 10 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: AUDIO


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TAI ASKS WHY

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Series: PODCAST, AGES 8-12
Description - Little guy, big questions. Tai Poole is trying to find answers to life's biggest questions. What happens after we die? What is love? How can we fix climate change? He may not solve them all, but give him a break...he's only 13-years-old. A CBC Original podcast.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Tai Asks Why, hosted by Tai Poole, offers a refreshing outlook on life that engages the childlike curiosity within me! As Tai lets his questions guide the way, I feel as though I am embarking on an exploration deep into the questions that guide our lives on a daily basis. Yet, on this profound journey, I laughed with Tai as our minds are boggled by the implications of new and fascinating scientific discoveries.

The podcast follows Tai's mission to unpack the mysteries of life ranging from personal dreams to world-wide apocalypses. Although a daunting task, Tai's enthusiasm invites his audience to feel like an active participant in his exploration.

Tai has the incredible ability to engage listeners of all ages. His younger brother, Kein, is only eight years old yet Tai uses his brother's opinion as a framework for asking more questions. To answer these questions, Tai reaches out to experts on the topic. For younger children who are Kein's age, the expert's insights may not be clear, but Tai overcomes the age barrier by explaining the concepts in a fun way, often renaming scientific ideas like the neural connection between the gut and brain as the "gut-brain's" friendship with the "head-brain." Even for those who do understand the concepts, such as myself, Tai's interpretations lighten the mood and help turn the expert's opinions into curiosity-quenching and sometimes hilarious insights into who we are.

Tai speaks to the listeners and his interviewees as though they are his best friends, not afraid to open up about tough experiences or confusing emotions. Due to this, I feel as though I have known Tai for many years and I never feel any inkling that he is a stranger.

The sound production heightens the interaction I feel with Tai and my favorite parts are the songs he sings to sum up the main points of his discoveries. The addition surprised me and I found myself leaving the podcast in a humorous and brightened mood. Even when he addresses topics like death, the song at the end offers hope in a lovable way.

I give Tai Asks Why 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18. I feel adults will enjoy the podcast too, because there is something for everyone to learn, whether it is scientific knowledge or a new perspective that emphasizes our connection to each other and to the world around us. Check out Tai Asks Why on TRAX at https://www.trax.fm/tai-asks-why

Reviewed by Sahiba K.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - A must-listen for all families, Tai Asks Why explores unique topics and provides listeners with knowledge they didn't even know existed! I specifically enjoyed the high-quality narration, exclusive interviews of professionals...and the fun puns thrown in that made me laugh.

Tai Asks Why is hosted by the show's namesake, Tai Poole, an award-winning child podcaster and "mathlete." Each episode of the podcast goes into detail about one intriguing concept in life and asks important questions about it. These topics range from love and d�j� vu to climate change and trusting our gut.

Tai's enthusiasm for learning, specifically in mathematical concepts, is palpable, and the listener also has fun along with him! Though he can stray a bit far from the mic at times, reducing the volume and clarity of his voice, Poole will definitely make you smile. And Tai's younger brother Kien makes some cameos, too, and many 'aww' moments follow. Several experts are also interviewed over the course of this podcast, including Chris Mullen, a neuroscientist from Switzerland. Tai asks insightful questions, many of which I would have echoed. As far as production goes, it is evident that the sound techs on Tai Asks Why know what they are doing. Masterful SFX blending and audio control make this podcast very easy on the ears. One thing I did notice was that sometimes during the interview segments, the audio cuts are very obvious; I could tell exactly where the sound techs had cut a clip. This does not detract from the amazing auditory experience, though.

Tai Asks Why is especially important in a time like 2020, when kids are exceedingly being drawn toward media that does not enrich their knowledge. This podcast is enriching and entertaining and promotes a message of learning through fun and exploration. This podcast is also unique because it has a child host, and kids can relate to Tai's experiences.

I give Tai Asks Why 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18. Adults will also enjoy this podcast. Tai Asks Why is available on Trax.fm now!

Reviewed by Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

The Tai Asks Why podcast is amazing. I love how a 13-year-old kid talks about so many interesting and questionable topics. Tai really brings something new to the table and hearing the perspective of another kid is really cool. Tai is such a curious boy and he has so much energy! The mind of a kid is so much more imaginative than regular adults.

This podcast describes what goes on around people and why those things happen to them. It gives clear explanations about many topics such as love, fear, the start of the English language, color, freckles, temperature, time and so much more. When you're looking to impress your friends with some random knowledge, this podcast is the place to go!

In this podcast, Tai talks to a psychologist, a writer, his mom, his younger brother and a bunch of strangers. Tai also digs deep into the science and history of all his topics about how our body and how the world works. In episode three, the psychologist that is brought in to discuss love is Jennifer Bartz, an associate professor at McGill University. Bartz introduces a whole new perspective on love and opened my eyes to how love really works. Another guest, in the fifth episode, is a guy named Tom Howell, who wrote a book called The Rude Story of English and some of the Oxford Dictionary. Towards the end of the episode "What is Love?," Tai makes up a little song about hugs and love, which adds a lot more spirit to his podcast and made me I definitely want to listen to more. My favorite part of this podcast is when Tai talks to the strangers at a coffee shop and asks them all about love. That is pretty funny.

The message of Tai Asks Why is about opening our eyes to the world around us and making us understand our surroundings on a new level. After listening you start seeing things differently than before and all of the information that you learned helps you become more aware of day-to-day life

I give Tai Asks Why 5 out of 5 and I recommend it for all ages. You can find this podcast online now at Trax. Https://www.trax.fm/tai-asks-why

By Winter F., KIDS FIRST! Reviewer, age 14
Runtime: 10 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: AUDIO


KIDS FIRST ENDORSED

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Series: PODCAST, AGES 9-13
Description - Teens have a lot to say about this complicated world -- are you listening? Mic Drop features first-person stories by tweens and teens sharing their mood-swinging, dream-chasing, rule-breaking dramas, adventures and experiences -- with no adult interruptions. A CBC Original podcast.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Mic Drop is a youth hosted series that is devoid of adult interruptions and allows children to talk freely among themselves about complicated topics. It is a great way to offer other children that may be enduring similar situations a sort of validation. This podcast does not squander children's thoughts and feelings due to their age; instead it invites youth to be able to discuss more adult topics. As an adult, I enjoyed the topics and discussion and can relate to them as well. It is significant for children to be able to hear other children talk freely about what they are genuinely feeling without having an adult sway or dictate the conversation. Children's ideas and emotions matter just as much as adults.

The youth hosts tackle topics such as Black Lives Matter, divorce and mental health. I enjoyed listening to them express their feelings and emotions in the podcast. Tweens and teens would enjoy this podcast because it is from a child's perspective. It seems easier for a young person to feel included if another child is speaking about something they may be experiencing as well. In many ways it validates their thoughts and feelings.

I love the flow of each podcast episode. It opens with an introduction, a brief anecdote, the feelings of the speaker, and closes with a summary of how they feel in the end after talking. The podcast name, Mic Drop is a smart name. All the topics in the podcast do have a mic drop aspect to them. The speakers drop a bombshell, usually at the beginning or end of the podcast that emphasizes the topic and discussion. Some of the topics regard racism and homophobia. Some parents may not be ready to discuss these particular topics, but you can always skip the ones you don't want to listen to and listen to others instead. However, it is worth noting that tweens and teens are aware of these topics and listening to a discussion of them helps them know how to deal with them.

Production wise, the sound is crisp! I am very impressed with the quality of sound in each episode. The intros start with an upbeat song accompanied by the message: without adult interruption (which I love).

I give Mic Drop 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 9 to 13, even 18 and older. The material offers children the opportunity to not feel discouraged about discussing topics that may deemed suitable for adults only. Some of the episodes give insight for children, and even adults, about topics they may not be well educated about. Reviewed by Tor F., KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Mic Drop is the perfect way to connect the teenagers of today with real stories from their peers as it covers topics of all kinds that the rising generation can relate to.

Currently a two season podcast, each episode of Mic Drop features the experiences of teens and tweens and their take on mood-swings, dream-chasing, rule-breaking dramas, adventures and experiences. What makes it even better is that there are no adult interruptions. So the stories we hear are true to the source.

This podcast has a real feel as we hear firsthand experiences from numerous teens and hear their thoughts about issues that adults often don't discuss with them. It's personal and seems as if the speaker is simply having a conversation with us, the audience. Kids have a lot more to say than adults often give them credit for and this podcast amplifies the many important stories that are hiding away in the minds of these children. We hear about their dreams, identities and struggles. I love that it promotes a dialogue on many serious issues such as mental health, culture, substance abuse, LGBTQ and more. Growing up can be a dangerous thing; young people are extremely impressionable. It's very common for their struggles to be dismissed by adults who don't take them seriously or encourage positive behaviors. That type of response can be alienating. Mic Drop helps kids that are struggling with issues that the speakers are discussion that they aren't alone.

This podcast talks about some serious issues including violence. The takeaway for teens and tweens listening to this show should be that there are others who are experiencing similar things as them and this podcast promotes taking adults out of the picture for a moment so that kids can connect with each other on a deeper level.

I rate Mic Drop 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 9 to 16. You can listen to Mic Drop on TRAX at https://www.trax.fm/mic-drop

By Anokhi L, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 18

Mic Drop is an exceptionally entertaining podcast that genuinely kept me interested and intrigued throughout all the episodes that I listened to. I got to hear about the experiences that teens younger than me go through. It is comforting to know that we aren't alone, but we are all still going through different experiences that are shaping and forming our personalities and sense of character. This podcast allows the listener to take a break from their own life and imagine what it is like to live as a teen in 2020, if they aren't a teen already. It features stories of kids with varied personalities and stories that are meaningful, to a degree, as well as amusing to listen to.

Mic Drop details certain aspects of teen life varying from fun extracurricular activities to more serious topics such as sexual harassment. I listened to the three latest episodes: Gabriela's, Marty's and Bella's. Gabriela's episode is centered around her love of jiu-jitsu and judo, while also touching on her experience of being sexually harassed by some of her male teammates. In Marty's episode, he discovers punk music and uses it as an escape from the bullying and teasing inflicted upon him by his classmates. In Bella's episode, she discusses her on-and-off relationship with her elementary school boyfriend and the emotional rollercoaster that ensues. Other episodes include "Ben Beatboxes through his Parent's Divorce" and "Taneia brings Black Lives Matter to School."

Listening to Mic Drop allowed me to place myself into these kids' shoes. The stories are well thought out and interesting to listen to. I cared about what they had to say, because it reminds me so much of myself and some experiences that I have gone through. It made me nostalgic to some degree. It is a professionally produced podcast with a fairly high production value that caters to kids and adults alike. Mic Drop overflows with positive messages. It teaches people to always follow their dreams and passions, even if that means having to overcome several obstacles. It also reminds us of what it is like to be a young teen and to live in a world filled with both fun and stressful situations and experiences. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I give Mic Drop 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 10 to 18, because it talks about serious topics such as sexual harassment, drugs and alcohol, some of which parents may not find appropriate for younger kids to listen to. Mic Drop is both a fun and poignant podcast that encompasses what it means to be a teen today. I enjoyed it and believe that many other teens will. You can listen to it on TRAX by PRX at https://www.trax.fm/mic-drop

Reviewed by Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

Mic Drop is a podcast featuring tweens and teens talking about the world and experiences from their lives. These teens have a lot that they want to share about this year, 2020. They want to tell us what these past couple of months have been like for them and their friends, too - with no adult interruptions.

The show's hosts care deeply about so many things that have happened this year. For example, they all really care about what happened to George Floyd and they definitely care a lot about what COVID-19 has done to the world. They share their experiences with their podcast listeners, because 2020 has been a roller coaster year. They tell us what they did, how they acted and anything else on their minds about this year so far.

These teens and tweens want their audience to know about the things that we should all care about right now, whatever age we are. They have had a very different and unusual year and their podcast talks about their lives, adventures and experiences. In future episodes, they will share more in detail. For example, one kid shares how he sold candy at school at the beginning of the year. He admits this was a bad idea, but we don't know specifically why, although I can certainly guess.

A few important messages in this podcast are that you should try to get involved with all of the things that come up in your life. Also, you should try to tell people about what has happened or what you have done this during this past year. You should also listen to what you hear in the world or from your friends and family, so that it can help you later on in your life. That is how we learn and grow.

I give Mic Drop 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18, plus adults. You can listen to this podcast on TRAX by PRX.

Reviewed by Conrad W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10
Runtime: 12 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 9-13 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: AUDIO


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Series: PODCAST, AGES 8-12
Description - A time-traveling women's voting rights adventure with Aly Raisman. The Magic Sash is a journey back in time hosted by gold medal athlete and advocate Aly Raisman. Join an 11-year-old boy and girl as they experience big moments in women's suffrage first-hand. They'll learn that what women and men fought for -- women's right to vote -- isn't dusty history at all. The Magic Sash is from the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission and the National Park Service.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Magic Sash is a powerful and moving podcast well worth your listening time. This podcast incorporates accurate educational points in an entertaining fashion that will capture the attention of children.

An 11-year-old boy, Isaiah and girl, Lotty are given a class assignment to learn about the women's suffrage movement. When they meet up to work on the assignment, they discover a way to time-travel, and they get to learn about the women's suffrage with their own eyes. Lotty and Isaiah continue to journey though time and experience the biggest moments in the fight for women's right to vote.

Each episode of The Magic Sash is introduced and closed by gold medal athlete and advocate Aly Raisman. The podcast is high quality with each character having a unique voice. My favorite aspect is how the background sounds and music help bring the storyline to life.

The message that children's voices are important is woven throughout and encourages children to use their voice to accomplish what they are passionate about. This podcast would be great for teachers to incorporate into their curriculum. It focuses on the educational message of women's rights and equality while remaining entertaining, engaging and to the point. The Magic Sash is safe for all listeners, including classroom users, because it has no violence, profanity or bias present.

I give The Magic Sash 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. The podcast and supporting lesson plans can be found at https://www.trax.fm/the-magic-sash

By Angela G., KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like the podcast series, The Magic Sash, because it is interesting to learn about the women's right to vote. This podcast series, hosted by Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, makes learning about history more fun than just reading about it in a book. This is particularly interesting since 2020 is a presidential election. I can't imagine what life would like if women couldn't vote. Listening to this podcast is both educational and fun.

The Magic Sash is a podcast series that follows two fifth graders, named Lotty and Isaiah, to travel back in time to observe important events that lead up to the women's right to vote. Lotty and Isaiah have to make a school presentation, so they get together at Lotty's house. There, they find a box labeled "Granny Flo," where they find a special "Vote for Women" sash, which transports them back in time. They then get to meet historically significant figures, including Lotty's distant relative, Florence Whitaker.

Each episode of about 15 minutes is filled with adventure. I like hearing the differences between what life was like back in the 1800s versus 2020. A simple thing like girls wearing pants was unheard of back in 1848. But in 2020, it's pretty common to see girls wearing pants. My favorite part of this podcast is hearing how excited Florence Whitaker is to see Lotty and Isaiah each time they visit her. It's funny when all three of them don't quite understand what is happening, but it's cool because even though they don't quite get what is happening, they enjoy each other's company. Sometimes I feel like Aly Raisman's commentary is a bit disruptive to the story, but it does help me understand what is happening. The use of music helps the listeners understand when Lotty and Isaiah are switching between time periods.

The message of the podcast series is that sometimes life is unfair, but that you should speak up about things that matter to you. I think Susan B. Anthony is brave and smart because she stands up to people and is strong in what she believes. I am thankful for having people like her so I can vote when I turn 18.

I give The Magic Sash 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 13. This podcast is available now, so go look for it from TRAX from PRX at: https://www.trax.fm/the-magic-sash

By Cadence G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

The newly released podcast The Magic Sash is entertaining and educational! Aly Raisman, a gold-medal gymnast and advocate, hosts and she pops in multiple times during each podcast to give us some more facts about the events. What's incredibly impressive is that while it is educational, it is also really entertaining. The voice actors are animated, adding fun and detail to each episode.

The Magic Sash follows Lotty (Katelyn Joseph) and Isaiah (David Dotson) as they begin to prepare for their school project about women's rights. Together they unexpectedly dive into the past with a magical sash where they discover the challenges women faced in the 1800s and 1900s. They learn about the struggles that women's rights advocates went through just to make their voice heard. Florence (Jennifer Roszell) and Susan B. Anthony (Susan Riley Stevens) are the main advocates that Lotty and Isaiah learn about.

This podcast has many highlights, including how it really paints a picture in my head, which is especially important in a podcast. The educational facts about women's rights mixed with the edge-of-your-seat storyline are spot on. We get informed about many events in the history of women's rights, but it isn't just a boring fact list. It has a real, big-screen-worthy plot. All the characters are played by talented actors that not only speak in character, but also grab your attention with their tone. Also unforgettable are the sound effects. In entertainment where you can't actually see what is going on, the sound effects are so important. They illuminate what can't be described by voices. For example, when Lotty and Isaiah travel in and out of the past, there is a time-traveling sound that is always used. This is fantastic because I always know when they go back in time. The time warping could easily get confusing, but it's not because of the well-placed sound effects.

The message of this podcast is to be aware of women's rights. Throughout the entire podcast, we are enlightened with plenty of interesting facts. When Lotty and Isaiah are in the past, we learn about certain events by actually participating in them. Once they return back to the future, Aly Raisman usually informs us more about where we were and how that event made a difference in getting rights for women.

I give The Magic Sash 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 9 to14. It can be found free on Trax at https://www.trax.fm/the-magic-sash.

Reviewed by Kyla C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

The Magic Sash podcast is inspirational. It shows how women in the past did not have certain rights, like the right to vote. Strong women like Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others supported a movement of women rights' protest.

The storyline follows a girl named Lottie and a boy named Isaiah who are studying together at Lottie's house. They go to the basement and find Lottie's great-great-grandmother's sash. As Lottie puts it around her chest, she doesn't know it is a magic time-traveling sash and it takes them back to the women's rights' protest time period. They have a learning history adventure. They meet Susan B. Anthony, Fedrick Douglas and Elizabeth Cady Stanton who are some of the key people in the movement. They also meet one special person, Lottie's great-great-grandmother and have the pleasure of making her dream come true - to vote for the first time. They keep time traveling and are really inspired by the way these women stood up for their rights.

This podcast is really interesting. I learned that women had to fight so they could vote. The adventures they have are so exciting. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. There are eight episodes, based on history, but fictionalized.

The message of this podcast is that you should always fight for what you believe in and for what is right and you should never give up. This is how women's history was changed.

I give The Magic Sash 5 out 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18. You can find this podcast at TRAX by PRX at https://www.trax.fm/the-magic-sash

By Sara Lea G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10
Runtime: 15 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: AUDIO


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BABY MINE PROJECT, THE: A LULLABY COLLECTION
BABY MINE PROJECT, THE: A LULLABY COLLECTION - THE BABY MINE PROJECT
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 0-5
Description - Produced by Grammy nominee Chris Jay, David Shipman, Aaron Safer and Music Arranger Jamsheed Master, The Baby Mine Project: A Lullaby Collection is the first major fundraising campaign for the recently established non-profit whose mission is to support the health and wellness of children in underserved areas of Africa while providing them a source of comfort through the development of music and art. Curated by The Baby Mine Project's creator and co-founder Shipman, the collection features a diverse group of U.S. artists and African children's choirs coming together in a compilation of familiar and new songs designed to provide comfort and soothe the listener, regardless of age, all for a good cause.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Baby Mine Project: A Lullaby Collection is a finely crafted, produced and performed album of original and classic melodic tunes guaranteed to gently nudge your little one to sleep. The addition of The African Children's Choir and the Kenyan Boys Choir is a treat along with a talented array of terrific vocalists. Deft arrangements and instrument choices are spot-on and perfectly support our journey to Dreamland.

Impeccable arrangements and performances. Since this is a lullaby album, I certainly recommend it to parents who are seeking quality music for their child that will grow with them.

The quality of the material coming from a variety of sources flows extremely well. The intelligent song choices, whether classic or original, fit the lullaby genre like a glove. Themes of peace and love permeate, along with gentle reminders that the little ones are being watched over and cared for. Again, it comes around to the soothing production and the terrific vocal performances.

Lullabies are an individual choice for parents to utilize as an aid for creating a soothing transition to dreamland and, in some cases, represent music, styles and artists they want to expose their child to. All the songs contained are terrific and carefully chosen and performed very well. It is lovely recorded.

Bottom line: the child is hopefully asleep - mission accomplished. As a fundraiser for the non-profit Baby Mine Project the purchase of this album supports children in Africa and beyond. Kudos to the creators for doing that. I give The Baby Mine Project: A Lullaby Collection 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 0 to 4. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Specialist
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like the CD The Baby Mine Project: A Lullaby Collection, because it reminds me of listening to my church choir. All the songs are very calming and relaxing. They are perfect if you're feeling stressed out or, for a baby having a hard time falling asleep. I will listen to this again when I need to take it easy and take a break from a challenging situation.

Some of the songs are about being brave and doing things by yourself and being confident in yourself. Other songs make you want to go to bed. I definitely can see playing this CD if you have to put your baby or younger sibling to bed. It would probably make a kid stop crying because it's soothing to listen to.

My favorite song is "A Million Dreams" because it is the cover song from the musical The Greatest Showman which I love. I always love hearing songs sung by a variety of people because each sings it differently and that is so cool and interesting. I especially enjoy the version of "A Million Dreams" which delivers it in a way I've not heard before. All of the singers on this CD have beautiful voices.

The message of this collection of songs is to always believe in yourself, even if things are hard. You just have to push to get through them. Sometimes I do not feel confident in myself when things get really hard, but I keep telling myself "you can do this," it keeps me moving forward.

I give The Baby Mine Project: A Lullaby Collection 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 12 plus adults.

Reviewed by Cadence G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

I can't name an album that sounds as angelic and ethereal as The Baby Mine Project: A Lullaby Collection. This collection brings back a desire to crawl into my mother's arms and be cradled to sleep letting the world around me slow down exponentially in the process.

The Baby Mine Project's mission is to support the health and wellness of children in underserved areas of Africa while providing them a source of comfort through the development of music and art. This CD is produced by Aaron Safer and David Shipman, along with Grammy nominee Chris Jay. It includes 13 songs by various artists including the African Children's Choir. You might recognize some of the songs in this collection as they are renditions with a heavenly delicacy from classic Disney songs.

I adore the celestial background music going on behind the lead singer in multiple songs. It adds an extra divine layer to the song. It feels like I am laying down on an open field of flowers and angels are flying about and singing to me. Sometimes I imagine that I am being lifted into the kingdom of heaven. I can only imagine how the little cherubs that get this lullaby played to them as they drift off into peaceful sleep might feel. One of my favorite songs in this collection has to be You'll Be In My Heart sung by Kristen Michelle Wilson, originally from Disney's Tarzan. I've fallen in love with Disney songs like that throughout my childhood so to hear it in a lullaby rendition makes me fall in love with it all over again, in a completely different way. I also love the song You Are My Sunshine sung by Julia Ceslee Marie as the cute vocals are backed with a ukulele to make a super sweet song. I also can't forget to mention Hushabye Mountain sung by Robyn Adele Anderson for its fantastically mysterious sound. Overall this collection is one I would listen to on my own. I have already listened to it twice and I am currently listening to it as I write this review.

I rate this CD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for infants to age 3. You can purchase The Baby Mine Project: A Lullaby Collection as a CD or digital at babymineproject.org. At least 50% of the gross proceeds go to The Baby Mine Project and the project is partnered with Ovi Childrens hospital, a non-profit hospital for Kenyan Orphans with life threatening illnesses. You can also listen to the complete collection on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon Music or purchase it on Itunes.

Reviewed by Anokhi L., KIDS FIRST!, age 18


Runtime: 43 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 0-5 Suggested Retail Price: $ 20 Media: AUDIO


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PLACE TO CALL HOME, A - DANA'S MUSIC PLAYGROUND
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 4-8
Description - Every living being, from honey bees to humans, needs a safe place to call home. Dana's seventh album explores the different places animals live. Featuring numerous musical genres, the songs are designed to educate and entertain children while planting seeds of care for the planet we all call home.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Dana's hot off the press new album called A Place to Call Home is a breath of fresh air and a warm musical hug that inspires and requires multiple listenings. The songwriting, performances, production and various musical genres lend energy to this album that is truly infectious whether your home is where your heart is or in sweet home Alabama or even at home on the range along with a myriad of animals. A Place to Call Home shares a covering of love and acceptance with a batch of nifty crafted terrific tunes with perfect timing from a true professional.

A Place to Call Home is hip, happening and has energy to burn. Terrific arrangements and clever songwriting! Dana is a tried and true trooper and knows her audience extremely well so yes, I highly recommend.

There is a strong theme about animals and their habitats/homes that is lovingly presented. The production quality is excellent, executed by professionals. I love how it makes children aware that they can become difference makers in the global sense. Once again this pro knows her audience and loves what she's doing. She talks up to kids not down. Experience counts, especially from those who have toured and performed for live performances. Clearly Dana knows what works.

I can't say enough about Dana's spot-on vocals and the production value throughout this project. The different musical styles give the album a true World Music vibe. Teachers will have fun breaking down the animal and their habitats' segments for reports and activities with the kids.

I recommend A Place to Call Home for ages 5 to 8 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Specialist.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like A Place to Call Home it is a very interesting musical CD. I like the fact that it has a variety of melodies and music genres, plus I like how the songs pumps my adrenaline and some songs are so slow that they calm me down.

This CD is produced by EJ Ouellete and all the songs belongs to singer, Dana Cohenour. Dana Cohenour is widely recognized as one of the pioneers of independent children's music. She is named as on of the "Top Five Kids' Singers You Should Know." Her six albums for kids have won 22 National Awards so far. Her music is very contagious and enthusiastic. On this CD, in particular, you can listen to different music genres such as dance music, rock and roll, jazz, country and ballad among other music genres. This CD has 11 songs and each song has a different message of how to take care of our planet, the animals and how to build things in order to give animals shelter or protect them. Each song has approximately a duration of four to five minutes.

My favorite song is "Animal Hide and Seek" because this song is about animals hiding in their own habitat, such as bees hiding in a hive and cows hiding in a barn. Dana finds the animals and describes in her song how and where she finds them with a very adventurous lyric and country music rhythm that makes you want to stand up and dance.

The moral of this DVD is to help the environment around you, like helping animals when they are in need. Besides the environment, we need to take care of animals with whom we share the planet Earth. We need to remember to be kind to the animals and to our beautiful planet because this amazing place is what we all call home.

I give A Place to Call Home 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 4 to 18. Adults can enjoy this CD as well. For example, if you are going on a long trip with your family, this CD would be delightful and entertaining to listen to and to sing along to the catchy songs. This CD is available now at iTunes and elsewhere, so look for it!

Reviewed by Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

I truly enjoyed listening to the CD A Place to Call Home. These songs will make you laugh and smile while learning about topics such as migration and beaver teamwork! You will not regret listening to this sweet album along with your children.

A Place to Call Home includes songs that teach about different aspects of animal life while giving you fun beats and rhythms to jam along with. Dana's seventh recording explores the different places animals live - in the sky and sea, in wetlands, underground tunnels and more. From learning about the crazy crowded world for the animals that go underground to how every animal needs a place to call home, you will be entertained with this new CD.

This CD offers 11 songs, including A Place to Call Home, Underground Traffic Jam, Migration, Let's Build a Dam, Rainforest Symphony, Honey Bee Bee Bop, Bluebird, Dog on My Head, Movin' Day, Animal Hide and Seek and Home. Each song explores a unique view about ways animals live and what they do. Even though you learn a lot from this album, I like that this CD informs about animals and their ways of life without forcing the facts on the listener. I know that kids listening to this will learn a lot, while enjoying the music. I find it truly amazing that Dana, the woman who writes and sings all of these songs, has so much creativity with her variety of songs. The genres range from rock to pop to jazz! Not to mention, Dana has such beautiful vocals and a very soothing voice. She isn't the only talented one on the team though, the bassist and guitarist, EJ Ouellette, has an amazing sound as well. His playing is clear and clean.

This CD helps young people learn about animal lives and how their lives might be similar to our own. In the end, we are all creatures on Earth and we all can have crazy and busy lives, so that is why it is so special to have a place to call your own where you feel comfortable and safe.

I give A Place to Call Home 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 4 to 11. This CD can be found online on June 6, 2020.

Reviewed by Allison B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Runtime: 40 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ 12 Media: AUDIO


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KOKOWANDA BAY BY RUTH AND EMILIA - RUTH WEBER, ENRICO LOPEZ-YANEZ AND EMILIA LOPEZ-YANEX PRODUCTIONS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 4-12
Description - URR the alien returns to Emilia's backyard to get her help in saving beautiful Kokowanda Bay which has become polluted. The two work together and sing these catchy tunes as they learn about recycling, reusing, and reducing, to make the world a better place.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The mother and daughter team of Ruth and Emilia have a winner of a new album on their hands with Kokowanda Bay, a rock 'em sock 'em joyous explosion of fun and educational songs of friendship, caring, love and wondrous discovery and includes a cute alien visitor from another planet for good measure. The production value and super vocals are indeed other-worldly with great use of instruments. (Hey, isn't that an oboe!) Songs move the story merrily along. A fun time is guaranteed for all - on this or any planet!

Kokowanda Bay by Ruth & Emilia is finely produced, well paced and flows easily. The album speaks to its target age group with messages of love, acceptance and care for the Earth. The arrangements are totally appealing and the vocals are terrific. I absolutely recommend this with its very positive and educational messages. It encourages that we all, regardless of age, can do our bit to be proactive. This album does not talk down to its audience, but uplifts them to a brighter understanding. All done in a loving and creative way.

The production value is terrific. The vocals are lovely and the musicians are on their game. It has lots of positive messages about going green, recycling and the wonders of nature. This would make a terrific tool for schools with its participatory projects, especially regarding science and the environment. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Specialist
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Ruth and Emilia: Kokowanda Bay is a fun musical story that is extremely positive, while teaching younger viewers many important things about friendship. Even though this CD comes off as a children's CD, do not let that turn you away because this little package has lots to offer such as amazing singing, lyrics and important morals.

An adventurous team of Kokowanda Bay is formed when the planet Goopda sends an alien named UUR to Earth to save Kokowanda Bay. The team explores different ways to help the earth such as "going green" and planting flowers across Kokowanda Bay. They also participate in fun beach activities and learn about some of nature's cycles.

There are many reasons to love this CD and the biggest one is the vocals. Emilia Lopez-Ya�ez and Ruth Weber's voices are amazing! Their voices combined makes you want to listen to this CD for hours! Emilia and Ruth also wrote the song lyrics, which are also outstanding. They are creative and positive one thing that makes it even more fun is that they rhyme most of the time.

This CD is extremely kid-friendly, however, it moves very fast so it may be difficult for younger viewers to comprehend the entire story. The CD teaches young viewers the importance of friendship while also teaching different ways to take care of the environment.

I give Ruth and Emilia: Kokowanda Bay 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. This CD is widely available now. Look for it. Reviewed by Jude A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14
Runtime: 90 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99 Media: AUDIO


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CARNAVAL: SPANISH LEARNING SONGS
CARNAVAL: SPANISH LEARNING SONGS - WHISTLEFRITZ LLC Click to purchase directly from the producer
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Description - Embark on a musical celebration with this festive collection of Spanish-learning songs. From calypso, soca, and soukous to New Orleans second line, jazz, and country, this CD's diverse musical styles are a carnaval for the ears. https://www.whistlefritz.com/product/carnaval-spanish-learning-songs/
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a charming CD with great the rhythm and song lyrics. I think the rhythm will appeal to children and the lyrics make it easy to sing along. The colors and design of the presentation of the CD is also attractive with its bright colors, fun design, great images and fonts. The booklet that comes with the CD is easy to read and includes the lyrics of the songs in both, English and Spanish.

I really enjoyed the songs, and love that they include Halloween, which isn't a Spanish festival, but certainly kids in the USA will relate to it. "Carnaval" is particularly fun and promotes the holiday Carnival or Mardi Gras as it's called in the USA.

The menu access is very easy to navigate. You can select specific songs or play them all. The songs are only sung in Spanish, but you can turn to the accompanying booklet to find out what they mean. What I love best is that all the songs are catchy and have great rhythm which make them easy for children to remember them.

I give this CD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8, perhaps older.

Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like this CD because the music is very festive and entertaining. I also like that the lyrics are written in Spanish and in English, which makes it very easy to understand what the song is about. The duration of Carnaval is about less than an hour.

This award-winning, language-learning CD includes 14 Spanish children's songs that teach the language with easy and basic Spanish lyrics. The 14 song titles are written in Spanish and in English too. The Hispanic music, such as salsa, let kids sing along and have fun while learning the vocabulary at the same time. The songs are about going to the supermarket, going camping, celebrating Thanksgiving, Halloween, the Fall, a small spider, a frog named Juanita, a fish, a donkey and much more. Whew!

Ileana Perez, an award-winning soprano, is a great singer and really grabs my attention because her voice is very pleasant to listen to. I also like that it is not just her singing all the songs. In some songs a guy named Hector Barez sings with her too. My favorite song is number 12, La Arana Pequenita (The Itsy, Bitsy Spider), because it is the first time I heard this song in Spanish.

I give this CD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 18. Adults can enjoy and learn these Spanish tunes as well.

Reviewed by Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

The party has arrived with Carnaval: Spanish Learning Songs! Interested in learning more Spanish vocabulary, then this CD is for you. The upbeat music makes learning fun.

Sing your way through basic conversational dialogue with De donde eres? (Where are you from?) and Como estas? (How are you?) The CD comes with printed lyrics and translations. Plus, the company's website includes useful vocabulary pages. Who knew learning Spanish could be so much fun? What a great way to learn and reinforce vocabulary.

The party continues with other festive songs about holidays and animals, set to various types of music performed by Cuban-American vocalist Ileana Perez and musician / composer Didier Prossaird. The cover artwork is fun and colorful and sets the tone for this party. There is approximately 40 minutes of music with 15 great songs included. Sing along with friends and family to Carnaval and you'll find yourself learning Spanish without even realizing it!

I rate this CD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, perhaps older. The CD is available now so look for it online.

Reviewed by Selene W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Runtime: 37 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99 Media: AUDIO


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SONGS FOR A HEALTHY MIND AND BODY

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SONGS FOR A HEALTHY MIND AND BODY - KENDRA K
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Description - Songs for a Healthy Mind and Body is a music album written and recorded by children's music artist Kendra K. The songs are all about health and wellness of the mind and body. The songs teach kids about the importance of exercising and being active, eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, positive thinking, having good manners, respecting others and oneself, and being kind and loving to other people. https://youtu.be/l6fc0ebBi3A
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Kendra K. has delivered a bouncy fun collection of songs for the younger set with a positive message entitled 'Songs for a Healthy Mind and Body' and she hits the rubber nail on the head. Sweet accessible vocals and pop-flavored production values will have the crowd going crazy and eating fruits and vegetables, not throwing them. Step away from the TV, crank up the turntable (huh?) and dance, dance, dance, 'til the cows, cows, cows, come home! This upbeat CD is engaging for its intended age group, with lots of fun instrumentation. Absolutely positive messages, engaging and movement oriented. The songs are constructed around a theme of healthy mind and body and they all follow suit in a light pop style. Kendra K knows her young audience well, so all the songs are age appropriate. Lots of healthy exercise and healthy eating behaviors are encouraged, as well as other positive actions are modeled. She talks directly to the intended age group. I believe the artist leads and projects healthy choices for young people. Kendra K's voice is sweet and soothing. The production value supports her songs with fun arrangements. This album will be worn out by repeated listening, which is a good place to be when motivating youngsters. This definitely meets and exceeds the KIDS FIRST! criteria, is pretty well produced and entertaining. Recommended for ages 2 to 5 and 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Specialist.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Songs for a Healthy Mind and Body is a positive, fun and educational collection of music that young children can both groove to and learn from. All the songs have their own unique sound and feeling that makes them special. There are many important messages included in the songs. It is refreshing for me, as a teenager, to listen to music that promotes a healthy mind and a healthy body, even if it isn't geared towards my age group.

A few of my favorite songs are "Beautiful Beautiful Day," "Fruits and Vegetables" and "Celebrate Everybody." They all have very powerful and significant messages incorporated into them. "Beautiful Beautiful Day" teaches kids to be grateful that you are alive and healthy and to embrace the fact that today is a new day. "Fruits and Vegetables" demonstrates the importance of healthy eating for kids. Finally, "Celebrate Everybody" encourages diversity and educates the importance of accepting people for who they are, regardless of their race or what they look like on the outside.

The lyrics on this CD are influential and educational and there is also a lot of fun and childish innocence in them. The album has a fairly diverse mix of sounds made up of tropical sounds, country sounds and much more. The music is cheery and energized, with many of the songs encouraging kids to dance.

I give Songs for a Healthy Mind and Body 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 6. Even though the songs are meant for younger kids, I had fun listening to them. The sentiments within the songs are sentiments that everybody should hold onto and think about regardless of their age. It's essential that kids are taught how to act in order to prepare them for a better future. Music affects the way people perceive the world, especially when you're young, so it is crucial that kids listen to music with kind and encouraging attitudes. Parents can feel assured knowing that their child is listening to a healthy, yet entertaining soundtrack, with positive messages when they let their children listen to this CD.

Reviewed by Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

On this CD, everyone get ready to move and grove to a whole new world with fun filled songs that tell us how to eat healthy and feel great, while having a fun time with our friends. The songs are ready, so turn them on and dance to the amazing beat that lies in Kendra K.'s Songs for a Healthy Mind and Body.

These songs are superb. Each one is very quick with a cute rhythm and rhyme to it. They also have fun morals for kids that want to learn how to eat right, learn how to get in shape and work out in fun new ways. This is one thing I enjoy, because it can help if we start healthy habits at a young age.

The first thing I noticed is the cover. I adore that it is so colorful and vibrant. It is also full of animated kids and animals. Singer and song writer Kendra K. stands out because she is a live, non-animated person on the cover. We get to see who she is and what she looks like in person. This is one thing that I found endearing, because it gives us a chance to get up close and personal with the artist of the songs we are listening to.

Even though I like all the songs, my favorite is Number 5, also known as "Be Kind." This song helps kids know their manners and how to treat others with kindness. This song is not only fun to listen to, but the moral behind it is fabulous.

I recommend this CD for ages 4 to 9 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. It is available now, so look for it.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14
Runtime: 24 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-5 Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.97 Media: AUDIO


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WE ARE ONE
WE ARE ONE - ANIMAL FARM MUSIC
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-12
Description - The message of "We Are One" is all about bringing people together through, like Aesop's Fables, the use of animal characters - whether it's something humorous like a baby bat who is afraid of the dark or something more serious like a monkey witnessing deforestation - songs that talk about our shared humanity.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Animal Farm's We are One CD is a musical bouillabaisse of energetic, engaging tunes that will tickle little ears and tantalize the soul and imagination. Fun animal songs abound. The band and arrangements are tight and the songwriting is solid. The electric violin is a standout. Most importantly, this collection scores a hit with its target audience and delivers a seal of approval from...the seals of course, KIDS FIRST! The engaging songs about animals and its kid-friendly concepts are commendable. The style is consistent for the intended age group; the continuity flows well and the structure follows suit. These artists know their key audience and the content is totally appropriate with lots of positive reinforcement on attitude and our association and connection the world around. The artists do not talk down to their intended audience and, in many places, lift them up to learn more about the stories in their songs. The performances are strong and kid friendly. I especially appreciate the electric violin which adds a touch of musical class. Through the use of well-constructed songs with accessible lyrics, this group is able to ...wait for it...edutain their fan base. I believe children are always excited about learning more about animals and there are many songs here that promote that discussion and a fun journey. I give this CD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Animal Farm's, We Are One, is a wonderful CD filled with songs that promote social and emotional learning and self-expression. It uses animal characters to help bring people together. There's great storytelling and really cool beats to help to make this group of educator's and musician's version of Aesop's Fables come to life.

Each track tells a story that makes the listener either feel happy or sad. From shouting out animal noises in Cranky Pants, to learning how to deal with life's challenges in It Always Could Be Worse, children are taught humanity through different mixes of all genres of music including jazz, blues, salsa, afro-pop and more.

We Are One is surprisingly not a CD with songs simply about animals with human-like qualities. It teaches kids creativity and encourages them to use their imaginations to understand real life situations and people. After listening to the chorus of these tracks, you'll find that colorful songs like Awesome Possum and Snow Bird will stick in your head.

I give this CD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 2 to 6. You can stream these songs online at https://animalfarmband.bandcamp.com/album/we-are-one or buy the CD. Thanks for listening, peace out!

Reviewed by Brandon James J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

At a glance, I love the concept of We Are One by Chicago based quartet Animal Farm. In the world we live in now, this refreshing album with the image of planet earth surrounded by a bunch of animal friends makes a great message, because we very much need inclusion and music!

We Are One is a compilation of happy tracks. The music is not the traditional harmonies that we often hear on children's music. It is an eclectic collection of song genres that you can enjoy - rock, country, folk and others. In general, it sounds very American.

In some songs, the ukulele, stands out and in others, the violin. The lyrics are fun and the vibe is very positive. There's a simple, but thoughtful storytelling within all songs.

My favorite tracks are "Cranky Pants," which for some reason sticks in my head, "Two Headed Tortoise," "Screen Time" and "The Abbys," which I love the French prelude because it reminds of Jacques Cousteau's marine explorations. When "Nocturnal Me" starts, it reminds me of the beautiful tune in Kansas' "Dust in the Wind." I may be 10 years old, but I love music from 60s, 70s and 80s).

I also love how, when you listen to this music, it sounds like regular songs and not a typical kids' CD. And, when you listen to the lyrics, they are very funny. When I listen to this album, I think of a family road trip with music in the background that all family members can enjoy and relate to.

Kudos for Animal Farm's musicians, educators and soul up-lifters for creating such terrific material for kids and people of all ages to enjoy.

Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Zoe C., age 10

Animal Farm's fun CD titled We are One is filled with music that give us lessons and things we should always remember. We are kids and kids sometimes don't understand the world. Sometimes we get confused or sad or mad for a lot of different reasons. Sometimes we can react and things that we thought were bad become worse, because we didn't think first. There are so many lessons in these songs plus they are just fun to listen to and sing along!

One of the songs I like best is called Slow Down. It is about a snail watching everyone in the world rush past him, scrambling to get here or to do this or that. He keeps telling people to slow down. I wish the world would slow down too. I wish people had time to sit and relax, talk and have fun. We are always going somewhere or doing something and we don't enjoy it much, because we are rushing to do something else. We should remember to take our time and really enjoy our life by taking time to appreciate everything.

Another song I like is called The Abyss. I had to look up that word. It means a big dark place that has no end or seems like it does. An animal says his house is in the abyss and that everyone is not going to like it because it is not their home, but he likes it because it is his home. We all feel more comfortable at our own home where we eat and talk to our family, sleep and do homework. We are most comfortable there. When we go to someone else's house, even if it is nice, we do not feel as comfortable as we do at home. This song tells kids to be happy that they have a home and to relax and be happy there.

The last song I'll mention is We are One. They saved the best song for last. There is so much bad going on in the world with so many different types of people, some thinking they are better than others. Some people are treated badly if they are handicapped or if they don't fit in. Everyone is different, but we all should be able to get along, be proud or ourselves and be nice to other people. The song talks about how we could all agree that, even if we are different, we are people and should make everyone feel comfortable.

I like this CD and recommend it to ages 5 to 12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. It's available now, so look for it. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic SaniyaRain F., age 11
Runtime: 46 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 15 Media: AUDIO


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ZOONICORN SING-ALONG SONGS VOL. 1
ZOONICORN SING-ALONG SONGS VOL. 1 - ZOONICORN, LLC
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Description - Four Zoonicorns, magical hybrids of zebras and unicorns, take young animals who are facing a real-life challenges on imaginative adventures in the dreamland Zooniverse. Songs introduce the characters and share empowering social-emotional lessons that teach the power to win is always within!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Zoonicorn Sing-Along Songs, Volume 1 is a web series that features 3-D multicolored unicorn characters, My Little Pony-ish, with unique magical strengths that impart through song and story positive and uplifting answers to children's fears and esteem issues. The songs are well-performed and produced, though somewhat repetitive in style. Children will be drawn to the vivid color and texture of the scenery and characters as well as the child-like voices. In addition, children will identify with the trials and tribulations of the little Otter, Pancake, as he learns life lessons with the help of the Zoonicorns. Nicely produced and performed music. Orchestration is particularly well done on the Pancake story. There is definitely value in the positive messages such as: You can do anything if you try. Don't give up. Keep your eyes on the prize. The sample episode and songs follow the uplifting winner approach of this concept and the 3-D visual style works well as a platform. One problem I have with it is that some concepts or particular phrase are over the heads of little target audience such as 'go with the flow' or 'dot your i's and cross your t's'. It teaches children about tools to use to overcome fear or self esteem issues. Recommended for ages 2 to 5. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music specialist.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Are you ready to listen to the unique, magical and joyful web series that features 3-D multicolored unicorn characters. Get ready to view real-life challenges and imaginative adventures in the dreamland Zooniverse. This colorful masterpiece web series is created and executive produced by Mark Lubratt and directed by Cliff Dew and Ariel Yamus.

The web series follows four Zoonicorns, magical hybrids of zebras and unicorns, taking young animals facing real-life issues on imaginative adventures in the dreamland Zooniverse. The songs introduce the characters and share empowering social-emotional lessons that teach the power to win is always within. When the animals fall asleep, the Zoonicorns appear in their dreams.

The set of songs are well-performed and produced. Along with each song, you will meet seven new colorful, inspiring and adventurous friends as you visit beautiful Zooniverse. The songs provide age appropriate lyrics for which kids can easily sing alone. How fun is this? The music provides positive impact for children to build their vocabulary. No question that every child will be drawn to the vivid colors and texture of the scenery and characters, as well as the child-like voices.

This web series deliveries very powerful messages - for every problem, there is a solution; nothing is impossible, if you just believe in yourself; you can do anything; don't give up! Some of my favorite themes are about showing children to care about themselves, to be creative and to use their imaginations. The Zoonicorns provides lots of positive answers.

I believe the whole family will enjoy this web series and kids will certainly enjoy the catchy tunes This web series launches December 1, 2018 so look for it. Enjoy the fun adventures of the Zoonicorns. I recommend it for ages 2 to 5 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Nathalia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

The Zoonicorns are four mixes of Unicorns and Zebras that help other animals with their problems. When the animals fall asleep, the Zoonicorns appear in their dreams. As the Zoonicorns help others, they sing and their singing provides lyrics for which kids can easily sing along. This singing is great for preschoolers. The Zoonicorns provide answers to problems. The solution they find for every problem is that it comes from within and nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself. Teaching a child about caring for themselves, using their imagination and creativity is another part of their message. The sing along builds up and introduces words to help the child expand their vocabulary, understanding new words and learning how to use them. This great web series comes out December 1, 2018. You can find it online so look for it. Enjoy the fun adventures of the Zoonicorns. I recommend it for ages 2 to 6 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. By Cemre C, KIDS FIRST! Youth Reviewer, age 14
Runtime: 17 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-5 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: AUDIO


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NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE - THE STORY PIRATES
Series: AUDIO, AGES 5-12
Description - From the creators of the hit Story Pirates Podcast comes an album full of songs for kids that parents will love, too! Nothing Is Impossible features twelve infectious songs, written and performed by the Story Pirates, based entirely on stories written by KIDS! To learn more about the us, visit storypirates.com!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Story Pirates have created a lovely 12 song album based on original stories written by children ages 4 to 11. The imagination is brilliant throughout this project and the performances are impeccable. Each song is based on a different child's original story so each structure is unique to that particular content. You know you're in for a ride when the opening song is "Fart Out Loud Day," written by two sisters from Colorado. I'm sorry, but "Pass Gas Out Loud Day" just doesn't have the same je ne sais quoi - excuse my French. "All Eight Unicorns" are pretentious valley girls and reminded me of the Kardashians - silly unicorns! These are well produced arrangements and performances that are absolutely creatively stimulating for young minds. They are smart songs with a child's sensibility where imagination rules the day and written stories can blossom into something very special. The performances and production are first-rate across the board! Sharing observations and fun, silly ideas with peers can build positive social interaction. I would hope this concept would encourage a child to write down their own stories and observations. This would be a fun activity for the classroom. The hits keep coming and the smiles are plenty, so find your way to this gleaming pot of gold because Nothing Is Impossible! I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 5 to 12. It is well produced, entertaining and fun.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Nothing is Impossible is a collection of songs that are impossible to get out of your head (in the best way possible)! These tunes are funny, addicting and creative. Kids and parents alike will love this music. Even as a teenager, I found this album really funny and musically impressive. I really enjoyed listening to each song and felt that I was listening to music that I could show my kids in years to come.

Nothing is Impossible features songs written and sung by the creators of the hit Story Pirates Podcast. It's based entirely on stories written by young children. The influences for these stories include six-year-old Leah from Maryland's story about being in the car (hence the title "In the Car"), a comic made by eleven-year-old Peer from California ("The Guy") and ten-year-old Alex from New York's story about a talking carrot ("Fred the Carrot"). One story that really caught my eye was four-year-old Ethan's from New Jersey. Ethan has heterotaxy, so he has a special heart and battery. He said the reason behind writing his story was that he would "love to run and catch a seagull, but I can't even jump that high so I wrote a story about it." I really want to commend Story Pirates for choosing Ethan's story and allowing him to express himself. It is really heartwarming to listen to that song and read Ethan's artist statement.

Nothing is Impossible is really an awesome album. Kids will laugh hysterically at songs such as "Fart Out Loud Day" and "Fred the Carrot." Even I had to stop myself from chuckling. Some of these song lyrics are really creative, as are the concepts. It's hard to believe that young kids came up with these ideas. The songs promote self-love and positive messages for young kids, such as believing in yourself and being confident and proud. The concept of this collection is an original one. I've never heard of anyone basing songs off of kids' ideas. Kids can be smarter than grown-ups sometimes, so it is really interesting to see all of these cool concepts played out in song form.

I recommend Nothing is Impossible for kids ages 2 to 10 and give it 5 out of 5 stars, because of its creativity and humor. This CD is a fun and entertaining way for young children to enjoy music and life. Thanks to its positivity, it may also boost their spirits and confidence. I really enjoyed this CD and I think younger kids will enjoy it even more.

Reviewed by Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14
Runtime: 45 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99 Media: AUDIO


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KIDZ STEM SONGZ - CHRISTOPHER SANSONE
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Description - Limited edition includes bendable Prickle and Goo figures. Two DVD set. Welcome back Gumby and Pokey in this wild, wacky and inventive collection of '80s episodes. Featuring 50 clay-animated episodes, fully remastered from their original camera rolls and soundtracks. Also making appearances are Prickle, Goo, the Blockheads, Professor Kapp, Dr. Zveegee, the Moon Boggles, and Gumby's parents Gumbo and Gumba. New characters include Gumby's sister Minga, Denali the Mastodon and Tilly the chicken!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Everybody loves a bargain so buckle up because this CD/DVD package fits the bill. Now that I have your divided attention, let me tell you more. First we have the magnanimous Dan Crow's Concoction CD featuring five flagship STEM tunes finely produced and performed along with their companion karaoke tracks for future rock stars to sing. But wait there's more! How about four STEM-themed music videos and a surprise bonus track featuring animated dynamic teen Anny Dallshouse leading the fun? And wait there's even more!! How about we add an 'A' to make it an artsy STEAM and load up 16 terrific tunes by 16 different and unique artists? How is this possible you ask? That's beyond me, but just be thankful. Love it all. Why this is the biggest no-brainer since before people had brains. There are terrific production values and performances which make it a fun learning experience in every way. Kids will love the wealth of songs and music videos in these hours of fun. The structure is very sound, because the artists follow a specific concept with STEM/STEAM. STEM is a buzz word (science, technology, engineering, math) and this is a fun and great way to further education and employment in our fast-moving society. Children are exposed to the STEM concept in school, so this package supports and augments what they are learning in school. This CD/video package is top-notch throughout. The vocals and production are weaved together seamlessly. It offers major learning experiences on a variety of subjects. There is lots to follow up on for students, teachers and families. I have to rest now...Enjoy! I give a Golden Buzzer on this one, two big thumbs up, 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 10, as well as adults who will find it equally enjoyable. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Music Expert, John Wood
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Hey kids! Are you ready to learn STEM in a fun and educational way? This CD will have you grooving to the beat, making your head bop and your fingers snap away to higher learning. This collection includes two CDs and one DVD for your enjoyment. It also includes five karaoke tracks to encourage kids to sing along!

I like everything about this collection, because every song has a lesson. Some children learn best through music. They stick in your head and get you singing along. It makes it easier to remember how science, technology, engineering and math works and how they affect our daily lives. I think that using songs that kids will listen to makes learning more lively for children. I felt as if I was a part of creating this CD. It is definitely is my kind of feel good music.

Children's music artist Dan Crow and his partners at KidzMusic Records have collaborated with various children's performing artists to make learning about the STEM subjects more fun, through the art of music. This collection of CDs will draw a large audience of children. Dan Crow captures your attention as well as your parent's attention. On this CD you get music and learning, all to a fun beat.

My favorite song has to be "Technology," on the Dan Crow concoctions CD. Technology goes as far back as the 1860s. Everyday technology is improving and innovating all the time and we try to keep up with it. Children today use technology a lot more in schools than they use textbooks. We use technology on a daily basis - our phones, TVs, cars, laptops and iPads, just to name a few. Technology never goes out of style. It changes constantly and only gets better and easier to use.

I am pretty sure that you and your child will enjoy listening to this collection. Not only are the tunes catchy, but the lyrics are educational. This is a very fun way to further your knowledge on STEM subjects. I give this collection 5 out of 5 five stars and highly recommend it for ages 5 to 8. These two CDs and one DVD are affordable and available in stores and online now. Buy it for a friend who can use a good hip lesson. Reviewed by Sev'n F.
Runtime: 90 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99 Media: AUDIO


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JOSH LOVELACE & FRIENDS PRESENT: YOUNG FOLK
JOSH LOVELACE & FRIENDS PRESENT: YOUNG FOLK - STONYCROFT RECORDS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Description - Josh Lovelace, Knoxville, Tennessee native and member of the Grammy Nominated rock band NEEDTOBREATHE, has been making music his entire life. As a young kid, he would sing songs and put on shows for his family and friends, pretending to be the world's next big superstar. Now, 33 with two kids of his own, he is reliving the spirit of those early years with a collection of children's music the whole family can enjoy. This CD features 15 original songs, written from Josh's experiences as a father. Produced and recorded in his East Tennessee home, the record includes guest appearances by Ben Rector, Ellie Holcomb, Spirit Family Reunion and legendary children's recording artists Sharon & Bram. There is something for every member of the family to enjoy!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Josh Lovelace's Young Folk album is sweet candy for the ears and soul. It's like being wrapped in a warm blanket, staring with wonder at the night skies with someone you love. Love is the overriding theme in this wholesome family collection that talks directly to and not down to inquisitive little ones, with just the right touch of zany added to the mix. Lovelace and Friends' vocals are smooth and inviting as a summer day. Fine production and songwriting round out a lovely, gentle listening experience. It is very accessible for children and adults alike - striking just the right balance. The flow of the album is perfect with each song a nice surprise. Lovelace draws from his family observations as he treasures every moment through his art. Love of family and each other permeate the collection along with caring and sharing life experiences. The songs are perfectly constructed with the intended audience in mind and include a few gems for adults. I can't say enough good things about it. I love the vocals and instrument choices. I would hope that the listener would model awareness of the moments and observations of the world around us. I definitely give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 3 to 8. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Specialist.

Josh Lovelace and Friends presents Young Folk is a rock n roll and folk-inspired collection of children's music the whole family can enjoy. This CD features 15 original songs written by Josh Lovelace, produced and recorded in his East Tennessee home. The record includes exciting guest appearances by Ellie Holcomb, Spirit Family Reunion and legendary children's recording artists Sharon & Bram. There are additional vocals by Josh's wife Whitney and his son Henry, age four. His daughter, Margo, lends her toddler talents in the form of baby coos and sound bites. The songs are inspired by Lovelace's personal experiences as a father of two. While some songs will have you rocking out, there are also a few incredibly smooth sleepy-time ballads. The cover artwork on the inner sleeve is a high quality, colorful portrayal of the Lovelace family enjoying music and picnic time. Included are pages of whimsical illustrations alongside the lyrics to each original track. Lovelace dedicates the album as a "love letter to my children" and the beautiful music and heartfelt lyrics prove that's exactly what it is. Reviewed by Eli Byerly, KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Josh Lovelace and Friends Present: Young Folk is an album for the whole family with a nice, mellow atmosphere throughout including a few silly, fun songs. The collection is geared towards children by Josh Lovelace of the band NEEDTOBREATHE, who has been nominated for a Grammy. My favorite song on this album is You're My Very Best Friend because it is very sweet with good usage of backup vocals and it describes friendship quite well. It also tells me this is going to be different from other kids' albums with a much more sophisticated feeling to it.

Where this album really succeeds is in its broad appeal. There are one or two louder, repetitive tracks on the album you might find on your typical children's CD, but there are also more quiet, reflective pieces that parents will also enjoy. This is why I give this CD and age recommendation 4 to 15 and rate it 4 out of 5 stars. I think I might go back and listen to this one again. I recommend you listen to this album for its fun, yet sophisticated atmosphere.

Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Runtime: 34 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 3-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99 Media: AUDIO


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VINCENT NUNES: MOVE, MOVE, MOVE

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VINCENT NUNES: MOVE, MOVE, MOVE - LIGHTHOUSE RECORDS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Description - The tenth CD of original, interactive music from Vincent Nunes emphasizes age-appropriate movement fundamentals for early learners. This fun, catchy collection of songs is already the winner of a 2018 NAPPA award, Tilliwig Award and Parents' Picks Award.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Move Move Move is a Winner Winner Winner! A tasty mixture of good songs, strong performances and natty arrangements - with a perfect helping of audience participation - make this collection an irresistible fun-fest. Years of onstage and up-close interaction with children has molded singer-songwriter Vincent Nunes into a positive Pied Piper planting seeds of love, acceptance and engaging entertainment wherever he goes. "Our future is in the hands of our children. I can't think of a more important job," states Nunes. Hear Hear Hear! I give this one 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 7. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Specialist
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I adore this new and silly CD because it has lots of rhythm and cute new songs to sing. It not only brings joy to every child listening, but it also teaches life lessons and moral values which stick with you for a long time. This is something I treasure because it makes this CD perfect for the whole family.

My favorite song is "ABC Jones." I couldn't help but sing this song to my mom because her last name is Jones and it made me think of her and my family. This song is perfect for young kids who don't yet know their ABCs because it is funny and catchy. At the same time, it is a fun new way to think about the Alphabet. If you want, you can even make a version for yourself.

I can see why Move, Move, Move has won multiple awards including NAPPA, Tilliwig and Parents' Picks. It is due to the catchy music and upbeat rhythm, which has everybody dancing and singing. Kids as young as 2 to even 13-year-old kids will enjoy this. Some of the songs are very quirky, so they are bound to grab the attention of younger audiences.

The creators of this CD are very talented and they know how to appeal to different ages. Both kids and adults will want to listen to the same songs on the CD and adults won't get bored. A;; the music is catchy and fun to listen to and there is a variety of music genres so there is something for every one.

Another thing to like about this CD is its versatile language. The songs use simple words that younger kids will understand and more complex words that older kids will understand. I recommend this CD for ages 2 to-11 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

Kids, are you ready to move, move, move? Let's get ready to listen to some catchy, kid-friendly and fun songs. Then get ready to dance, bounce, move your feet and clap your hands to the beat. I fully love all eleven songs plus the hidden bonus song. Yes, there's a bonus song that completes this lovely adventure. There is no way you won't be dancing to these songs. Each one is highly entertaining and definitely interactive. This is a great CD to add to your music collection.

This CD is filled with kid-friendly, enjoyable, funny, fun, curriculum-based music for kids. The songs are full of rhymes, fun beats and stick-in-your-head lyrics. I love each and every song because they all have a specific tone from fun and festival, to slow, to upbeat!

My favorite song is definitely "ABC Jones," because it brings such a cheerful and upbeat feeling with great laughter and joy. The song had me giggle with its rhyming, high energy and drums that had me bouncing off the walls - literally. My favorite lyric is "I know I won't forget his name, even though it's long because I learned to sing this song, ABCD...Jones!" This song made me dance and sing along. Such active music!

Who is the creator of this CD full of songs? Vincent Nunes who just released his tenth recording of original music for children. He sure knows how to make little ones want to dance and move. Vincent is the winner of the 2018 NAPPA Awards, the 2018 Parents' Pick awards, and the 2018 Tillywig Awards. He is a musical artist, award winning composer and a fantastic performer. Vincent Nunes music is adored by many children.

I believe every child will enjoy this astonishing collection of songs. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 7. This CD is now available so look for it. For more information on Vincent Nunes please visit: www.VincentNunes.com

Reviewed by Nathalia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9
Runtime: 38 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 15 Media: AUDIO


KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
CAMP ANDYLAND
CAMP ANDYLAND - ANDYLAND MUSIC
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Description - Strikingly crafted pop songs for kids, with stick-in-your-head lyrics and catchy melodies - plus a memorable cast of characters that bring kids into Andy's world, taking them on a musical adventure. The camp every kid will want to go to.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Lets go to Camp Andyland or camp in general or stay at home and listen to the CD! This CD is well produced and entertaining. If your busy schedule does not allow you to take your valuable time and refresh and renew at a Camp near you, then sit back, relax and listen to the infectiously fun Camp Andyland - a world inhabited by zany dinosaurs, not-so-scary pirates and a host of other silly sausages! The songs are engaging, delightful adventures that will tickle your ear lobes - and we all need that - so make a date to have some fun and sing-a-long with your new found friends at Camp Andyland! The character voices are quite engaging as are the different musical styles and fun kid-friendly topics. I predict lots of fun and participation from young audiences as they experience the quirky adventures and music. This exemplifies good songwriting skills, terrific use of tempo and instrumentation and very experienced kid-friendly content. Explore and learn about the many wondrous things in this big wide world! Andy respectfully connects to the kids, because he still retains the joys of the child within. He has a handle on what kids like and respond to and doesn't talk down them, but leans in to their level. This is a professional recording all around. Andy does most of the heavy lifting on vocals, instruments and character voices and the recording quality is well done. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. Reviewed by John W., KIDS FIRST! Adult Music Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Are you ready for camp? Sit back, relax and listen to the upbeat, feel-good music to cheer you up! Let's take a trip with Camp Andy, the camp every kid will want to go, with true joy from beginning to end. I perfectly love tuning in, singing and grooving to the songs. This collection of appealing, remarkable fun, lovely adventures is produced, arranged and engineered by Andy Z.

This CD is filled with strikingly crafted pop songs for kids, stick-in-your-head lyrics and catchy melodies - plus, a memorable cast of characters that bring kids into Andy Z's world. This infectious collection of songs contains many from the popular AndyLand series such as "Welcome to AndyLand," "Return to AndyLand" and "Summer in AndyLand."

This collection includes 16 songs, each with a catchy melody and memorable lyrics. I must say, it's an astonishing set of songs. Each song puts you into the camp vibe. Plus, the memorable cast of characters brings kids into Andy Z's world. You can see Andy's creativity and imagination in each song. This whole CD definitely kept me engaged from the beginning to the end.

My favorite song is definitely "I Went to a Party with Dinosaurs," because the lyric are outstandingly funny. This song certainly gave me a laugh-out-loud moment. The rhymes have a way of making you giggle. For example, here's one of my favorites lyrics: "I went on over to say 'hello' and he almost bit off my nose." That rhyme shows why it made me laugh like crazy. The song brings has a professional vibe with its high pitch instruments and great vocals.

Who is Andy Z? Andy is the creator of Camp AndyLand and all its humorous songs. He is an multiple award-winning children's performer, singer, songwriter and educator who combines music, movement, storytelling and character puppets to create a experience that capture children's attention.

I believe the whole family will enjoy this musical collection and kids will enjoy the funny, kid-friendly, exciting, intriguing set of songs. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. This CD is now available online and at discriminating music stores.

By Nathalia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9
Runtime: 34 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98 Media: AUDIO


KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
CHA CHA CHA - FRENCH LEARNING SONGS
CHA CHA CHA - FRENCH LEARNING SONGS - WHISTLEFRITZ LLC Click to purchase directly from the producer
Series: AUDIO CD, AGES 5-12
Description - Parlez-vous cha, cha, cha? From samba and merengue to rumba and reggae, this wildly fun collection of songs with Latin and Caribbean rhythms adds an exciting twist to learning French that makes learning French as easy as un, deux, trois.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is an upbeat and energetic learning tool for children ages 3 to 7. Join Fritzi the Mouse and friends as they teach us how to sing in French by using this amazing CD comprised of 15 fun songs! Get ready to feel the Island breeze through steel drums and rhythmic beats as you learn French versions of kid classics. You'll hear some old and some new tunes including Months of the Year, Numbers, Vowels, Days of the Week, Seasons, Bingo, Hide and Seek and On the Bridge of Avignon. The vocals are beautifully clear and performed by acclaimed singer Lynn Veronneau. The unique music, composed by Didier Prossaird, has an French Island influence that is undeniably catchy. Some of the songs are supplemented with children's vocals and chants to prompt participation and memorization by the listeners. The songs run between one and four minutes in length for a total of approximately 36 minutes of listening time. Included is an extensive vocabulary companion booklet with colorful illustrations of your favorite Whistlefritz friends! This CD has won awards from Dr. Toy, Parent's Choice Foundation and the National Parenting Publication. You can gain access to additional Whistlefritz media and educational tools via www.whistlefritz.com. I give this CD 5 out of 5 stars for its creative and unique sound. After listening to it, you'll surely be speaking French and humming these tunes throughout the day! I recommend this for teachers, parents or anyone with children who want to learn a second language in a friendly and fun way. Reviewed by Eli B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Whistlefritz: Cha Cha Cha is an upbeat album for the whole family that helps kids learn French in a new and fun way.

Each song on Whistlefritz: Cha Cha Cha teaches a different aspect of speaking the French language. Songs range from being about the seasons to the days of the week and even certain jobs.

This CD is great at teaching vocabulary. The songs are sufficiently repetitive in a way that will educate those new to French, but won't annoy those already familiar with the vocabulary being taught. Even if you don't wish to learn French, the songs are peppy and catchy. A lot of different instruments are used and every song has a different feel and vibe.

I recommend it for ages 3 to 18. As long as your child or you are ready to learn some French, you should enjoy this CD. I would recommend this as a segue even into beginning level adults learning French. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. It is a nice review of some things in French for me, as someone who already knows some, and both beginners and experienced speakers are certain to get something out of this CD.

Cha, Cha, Cha: French Learning Songs is a helpful, educational, kid-friendly collection of songs that encourage learning the language of French through the art of song. French is a beautiful language that is great to know. The fun songs on this track really add something special to the experience of learning.

I had an awesome time listening to these songs and following along with the booklet provided. The woman who sings has a lovely voice, which is complemented by the upbeat rhythms of the music. This CD is full of catchy tunes that are easy to learn and fun for kids to sing along to. The music is energetic, fun and an absolute blast. It is child friendly and, at the same time very educational. I have no doubt that kids who genuinely want to learn French will enjoy this immensely.

I give this CD 5 out of 5 and commend it for ages 2 to 8. I loved this CD and think that it is a unique and helpful way to assist young learners who want to broaden their horizons and learn a new language. It's available now wherever CDs are sold and online at Whistlefritz so, look for it.

Reviewed by Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

I really enjoyed listening to this CD. It is entertaining music that uses catchy and recognizable songs to teach French! It makes fun background music for little kids and they can do anything they want while listening to the music. By hearing the music at young age, they will learn French by immersion. It's like singing to kids and learning English without thinking about, just the way we learn English. It comes with the English words to the songs as well, so you can read those while listening if you like. I have to admit that it was a bit difficult for me to understand everything, because I don't know French. But kids under the age of five will probably get the hang of it quicker and will be singing the tunes without knowing they are singing in French. If you're older, you may like it the CD because the tunes are catchy and fun to listen to. I recommend this for ages 2 to 5 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. It is available now wherever CDs are sold and online at Whistlefritz.

Reviewed by Rachel K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

Everyone get ready to move and grove to this terrific new CD! I adore the catchy beat of the music and how I found myself singing in French right away. Cha, Cha, Cha: French Learning Songs is musically creative and makes you want to dance and sing. Even if you don't know the French words, you soon will.

One thing that I really love about this is that it teaches you French in a wondrous way that kids, young and old will enjoy. Everyone likes music, so what better way to learn French than through song.

The songs are about the mouths of the year, different types of fruits, numbers and BINGO - the song that everyone loves. Since the songs are in French, the CD comes with a booklet that translates the lyrics into English, so you will understand every word. I enjoyed this factor because I now know how to say things like kiwi and October in French as well as English.

I recommend this for ages 4 to 13 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Runtime: 40 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99 Media: AUDIO


KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
SPACESHIP THAT FELL IN MY BACKYARD, THE
SPACESHIP THAT FELL IN MY BACKYARD, THE - RUTH AND EMILIA
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Description - When a shiny spaceship lands in Emilia's backyard, she meets URR from planet Goopda who has traveled to Earth to promote universal peace. The two learn about working together and making the world a better place as they sing their way through the day's adventures. Produced by Enrico Lopez-Ya�ez, Asst. Director, Nashville Symphony; Jeff Silverman producer of Mattel's Barbie "The Look." Composer: Ruth Weber.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Spaceship That Fell In My Backyard is the newest release from mother-daughter team, Ruth and Emilia. Featuring strong engaging vocals and terrific production values this fun-filled musical odyssey will have everyone dancing in the streets... as long as there is no traffic and you've looked both ways four times! URR from the planet Goopda is here on a mission of universal peace (like we need it!) and our heroes share positive adventures of love, acceptance and care for planet Earth. A splendid time is guaranteed for all! This energized pop-rock music has some very fun arrangements and instrumentation. It is well produced. The vocals are well-performed and the musicianship is terrific. There are lots of positive messages about love, acceptance, friendship and caring - all very relate-able child oriented issues. The structure follows a theme about our heroes befriending an alien traveler and they share positive goals for the planet. On the plus side, the alien doesn't eat them! This CD is perfect for its intended audience and is created in a gentle loving way. There are safety tips, caring for the planet advice and words of wisdom about befriending people from foreign lands. It all proves that learning and fun can be one. The artists know their audience and intended age group well. I love the way it celebrates our individuality as people and cultures, our deep love and caring for the Earth and the joy and appreciation of our friends near and galactically far away. This CD, in association with their stage show presents a nice package that will get kids get excited about outer space, Earth stewardship and respect for other cultures. I highly recommend it and give it 4 out of 5 stars. My audience recommendation is ages 5 to 10, as well as parents. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Adult juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This CD has lots of wonderful, catchy songs - all upbeat and inspirational. They tell the story of an alien crashing down in a little girl's backyard. They sing about friendship and having fun in life, brushing your teeth at night, saying no to drugs and not talking to strangers. I love how they make catchy songs about these good habits. The song helps you remember these habits.

The only concern I have about this CD is that some of the songs contain words in them that young listeners might not understand. Even though younger children might sing the words, it is always good to include words that young kids understand. Another issue I have is that some of the songs are sun really fast, making it hard to hear the words they are singing.

The CD is definitely informational and catchy and something that kids will definitely learn something from. I recommend it for ages 3 to 7 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. This CD comes out on March 23, 2018 so be sure to check it out!

Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

This CD tells a story through song and a blend of a variety of music types. Although it teaches positive lessons, this CD is a promising concept met by a somewhat disappointing result.

The storyline is about a young girl named Emilia whose backyard is the landing site for an alien ship from the planet Goopda. The spaceship is carrying an alien named URR. Emilia and URR learn about each others' lives and find they have more in common than they thought.

The CD struggles at keeping an overarching idea to justify an entire CD. It starts off with the thread about Emilia and her otherworldly visitors and then descends into a group of songs about world peace and bubble baths. It doesn't reclaim its original thread until much later and abruptly ends just when it starts to get interesting.

I recommend it for ages 3 to 7 and give it 2 out of 5 stars. Younger kids will enjoy the happy vibe and simple rhymes.

Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Reviewer, age 12
Runtime: 31 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ 10.99 Media: AUDIO



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