Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Big Green Alligator (CD Review)

I challenge you to listen to Big Green Alligator without smiling.  I've listened to the new children's CD from La-La Lisa at least three times since yesterday, and I still can't get through it without lots of smiles.  In fact, the title song is so bouncy and catchy, it makes me want to get up and dance!

You know the children's songs that grate on the ears of parents?  This is not like that.  Though the songs on Big Green Alligator are written for pre-school and kindergarten-age children, I enjoyed them myself.

The songs range from silly ("I know a bald, blonde monkey / His name is Silly Bob. / He swings from jungle trees / And he eats corn on the cob") to sweet ("And my little brother, he's starting to walk / And I'm kind of glad 'cause he's more like my bud now / But I'm kind of sad 'cause my little brother ... he's growing up").   Some of them teach valuable lessons, such as "Be careful what you say / It makes a difference" and "I don't like to clean my room ... But lately I've found how good it feels When I complete a task."

I also appreciate that Lisa has dedicated a portion of the sales to Teen Mother Choices International, a unique program that utilizes volunteers from local area churches to help provide teen mothers with a support system. The charity offers services such as childcare so the young mothers can return to school, caring mentors who provide emotional support, and Life Skills Workshops which equip teenage mothers with resources and information to help them become independent functioning members of society. All the girls stay off welfare and to date, 100% of the girls that have gone through the program have graduated from school and found jobs to support themselves.

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Big Green Alligator is available from Amazon.com as an Audio CD
or an MP3 download.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this CD, at no cost to me, for review purposes. This post contains affiliate links.

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