DEM BONES (Illustrated by Bob Barner, music and vocals by Raul Malo, narration and vocals by Chris Thomas King) A skeleton band will tickle your funny bone with words and music to the well-known song based on the African-American spiritual. Titles include DINOSAUR BONES, HUSH LITTLE BABY, THE FOX WENT OUT ON A CHILLY NIGHT, THE ERIE CANAL
Dem Bones (by Bob Barner) Dinosaur Bones (by Bob Barner) Hush Little Baby (illustrated by Aliki Brandenberg) The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night (illustrated by Peter Spier) The Erie Canal (illustrated by Peter Spier)
I'm a music teacher, and I LOVE this DVD! All the stories are musical, and 3 of them have very useful information for kids! They've even found ways to make the credit sequence for every song interesting!
"Dem Bones" has great animation, and is very easy for little ones to sing along with. It starts with the song, then has an interlude where all the bones from the song are described (bone name and functions). Then during the credits the song plays again, with ample opportunities for singing along. If you're worried about the skeletons being scary for kids, I think most will enjoy it; they do a good job of making the skeletons appear funny instead of haunting.
"Dinosaur Bones", illustrated in the same fashion as the above, starts with the informative part at the beginning. It talks about the history of fossils, and the different kinds of bones and what each bone says about the dinosaur it belonged to. Then during the credits, the song comes in. It's a simple song that any kid could pick up easily, especially with the read-along function.
"Hush Little Baby" is from the 1968 publication illustrated by Aliki. From the video and sound quality, it appears that this story was filmed around the time the book was first published. The voice of the singer is very soothing, and the pictures are cute. It sings through the whole song twice, the second time with the words at the bottom (but, of course, on the read-along function the words appear both times).Read more ›