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Geography Songs Audio CD – Unabridged, 2004
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Thirty-three songs teach names and locations of continents, oceans, planets and 225 countries. Illustrated workbook contains maps, lyrics, and famous landmarks.
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At first, we had fun with this. The Nordic countries song (with countries and capitals) was very easy to memorize, and my kids wowed their grandma when on an episode of The Amazing Race, a contestant could not name the capital of Sweden, and my kids yelled, "Stockholm!!!"
As time has gone on and we've used it more, however, there are several glaring issues with it. First, it includes countries in areas that they aren't technically a part of - such as the Middle East song includes Turkey, which considers itself a part of Europe (it is a member of the Eastern European Customs Union). The song about the states in the middle of the United States, for some inexplicable reason, includes Kentucky THREE times! There are not three Kentuckys in our country! It also includes Oregon as being both "in the middle of the United States," (odd as it borders the Pacific Ocean) and in the song about the western border states - Washington, California, etc.
Overall it's a decent little program, but just be careful, because a few parts of it are downright nonsensical.
And the most painful for me (sinse I grew up in Former USSR) that 3 countries are missing. They are found though in Eastern Europe - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania. They belong now. Why include Former USSR circa (with missing republics) and mess it up if it doesn't exist anymore?
This is a fun and educational product that children and parents alike will most likely enjoy for years to come. But there are a few points to make...
- The songs are "inconsistent" with each other in a number of ways. For example, a few songs mention capital cities (i.e. Scandinavia, Mexico, and a brief mention of Alaska and Hawaii's capital cities after the Pacific States song), but for the most part no capitals are mentioned. Also, one might question the wisdom of making several songs covering the countries of Europe while trying to squeeze all the countries of Africa into a single song! Overall, however, this does not hurt the product, and in fact the Africa song is one of my family's very favorites!
- The songs CAN be kind of hard to decipher if you don't know what they're trying to say (i.e. "and Mali" in the Africa song can sound like "Emily", "Iraq" in the Middle East song can sound like "Erupt", and so on). The obvious solution is to use the included book, so as long as you hold on to it this shouldn't be a problem.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who wants to give their kids a head-start on geography - as long as you don't lose the book!
Signed, StoryMaker. "Gotta trust the kid's review!"
EDIT: I just realized that some of the songs in this are a bit outdated. The Africa song, for example, has some old names for countries. I still think this is a pretty good product, but I wanted to make sure you knew.
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