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Birds, Beasts, Bugs & Fishes Little & Big: Animal Folk Songs [Original recording remastered]

Pete SeegerAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 17, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • ASIN: B000001DO5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Folk music represents the best of Americana, and nobody performs folk music better than Pete Seeger. This charming collection of animal songs, remastered from two Seeger LPs originally recorded in 1955, will delight children and parents alike. Comfortable, well-known titles like "I Had a Rooster," "Frog Went A-Courting," "Skip to My Lou," and "I Know an Old Lady (Who Swallowed a Fly)" allow for great family sing-alongs. This album is an excellent example of the simplicity of traditional folk music, with Seeger's warm, friendly vocals and a single yet finely picked banjo as accompaniment. Birds, Beasts, Bugs & Fishes would be an excellent choice for car trips as well as for feeling right at home in your living room. --Deborah Moore

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous CD for kids! December 5, 1999
By Laurel
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD because I liked the title and we listen to it everyday because we love the style and songs. This CD covers all ages, has a nice bluegrass feel and you can replay it a million times and not want to scream after the third time. The songs are more like stories set to music and our child loves #2. Enjoy.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A reminder of my early school days March 1, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For me, this is pure nostalgia - it brings back memories of the fifties. It seems from reading other reviews that today's young children get as much pleasure from this music as those of my generation did, although I can't imagine anybody recording music this way now.
I don't remember all the songs, but I recognise several of them. I know an old lady is immediately recognisable from the title, but I recognised others immediately upon hearing them again, including The keeper and the doe - it has the (for me) immortal chorus lines
hey down hoe down derry derry down
among the leaves so green-o.
Of course, in the age we now live, some of these songs are not politically correct and some may not appeal to vegetarians, but I don't ever remember hearing much about vegetarians until the eighties. Before then, there were very few of them around. I don't mind such people, but Pete could hardly have been expected to consider them when these songs were recorded.
I read another review where somebody complained about Pete's imitations of animal noises. I'm sure that a modern recording of such songs would use authentic animal noises, but again, this music must be seen as a product of its time.
So, this is a fun album, not to be taken too seriously, which can be enjoyed by young children, or by adults trying to remember when they were young children themselves.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, simple, singable music that children love December 26, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
My daughter, who is now a mother, grew up with Pete Seeger and loved his way with children. Many of the songs are very "singable" for even young children. The music had a calming effect and was played over and over. I am now ordering for my granddaughter because our old record has been loved so much it has gotten shabby.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even babies love this music June 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was just introduced to this music in a playgroup for 6-12 month olds. They were all babbling and playing away when we turned on "I had a rooster". Within seconds the babies were completely silent and looking towards the direction of the music completely entralled! Some of them even started bouncing to it! A huge hit! I immediately came home and ordered a copy.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars play it again Mom July 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I borrowed this from the library 5+ times for my children. I decided I just had to have it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Speaks To Children and Not For Them October 30, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Pete Seeger is, to my mind, one of the first musicians who really speaks to children, not in a condescending way, not in a repressive, angry way, not in a sugary I'd-like-to-make-money-off-you way. Seeger may have been forced into children's music because of McCarthyism, but he definitely took it as an opportunity to show children that they were fully deserving of his, and everyone else's, attention.

There is no way that a parent can ever go wrong by playing Pete Seeger's music...that is, if that parent wants to have a self-determined, happy child, and if that parent is committed to playing music that models self-determination, community, and engagement.

And, for the sake of the rest of us, it would help if parents sang these whenever they played them. So that, in the years to come, the songs did not die out as an interesting, but powerless detour on the road towards dis-integration. Sing, sing a song. Make it simple. To last your whole life long.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For my children too April 2, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
My parents borrowed this record from the library and recorded it to casette to listen to on our first long car trip.I was probably four years old. It quickly became a family favorite. Somewhere a long the way the tape was lost. Two decades had passed when just the other day I happend to catch a snippet of Froggie Went A Courtin on a public radio station. All of those memories came flooding back. Now I am buying it for my own children. I don't know what speaks more powerfully for this album than that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Collection of Folk songs for Children May 17, 1998
Format:Audio CD
This CD provides a wonderful collection of folk songs that even very young children will love. Pete Seeger is a masterful story teller. Words are included so you can sing along. Even new songs will soon become old favorites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for children and adults
This is the second collection of Seeger's children's songs that I've purchased for my four year old daughter (the first being the children's concert at town hall, which is also... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Benjamin L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
I have other C.D.s by Pete Seeger but I never had this one. I plan to lend it to a family with young children
Published 1 month ago by Monkeymooner
5.0 out of 5 stars Love!
I got this CD for my 6 month old who listens to it all the time with her grammy. I only recently listened to it with her and it was like magic - she played in her pack n play on... Read more
Published 1 month ago by sccrpenguin
5.0 out of 5 stars remember from childhood
the album that i had as a child was only the first 10 songs and i played that record until it was worn out... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Angela S Mirick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs for kids (and anyone who loves American folk songs)
Delightful songs involving animals sung by the late, talented Pete Seeger.

You get the little beasts volume and the big 'uns. 28 songs in all, and each is a winner. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Renee Thorpe
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Folky
I bought this CD to listen to in the car with my toddler. Although I enjoy old folk music, beware that many of the tracks are old-fashioned to the point that your child might be... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rachel J. Lightfoot
4.0 out of 5 stars OK
We bought it as a gift for entertaining a co-worker's triplets while driving in a car.
We enjoyed the emphasis on animals.
Published 7 months ago by Jerry Nicholson
2.0 out of 5 stars don't like this
some of the songs are very long, but maybe I have become impatient. Sent them with my daughter to see if her children may like them.
Published 12 months ago by Loraine Kaul
5.0 out of 5 stars Pete Seeger again
What more needs to be said he is just the greatest. Teyond great and at his age it is too bad that he won't be around for many many more years.
Published 13 months ago by Herbert Rosenblum
5.0 out of 5 stars Sing a long music from a pro
I got this for a 6 year old who likes to play it often on her CD player. Her parents like it also.
Published 13 months ago by T. Tuenge
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