My daughter is a bit old for Sesame Street but this new DVD was too fun to pass up. Earlier this month, Sesame Street: Singing With the Stars was released. This collection includes over 15 musical performances by well-known artists (past and present) together with your children’s favorite Sesame Street friends.
The songs included on the DVD are:
- “What I Am” by Will.i.am
- “Slide (Pride)” by The Goo Goo Dolls
- “I Soaks Up the Sun” by Sheryl Crow
- “My Triangle” by James Blunt
- “Celebrity Lullabies” by Ricky Gervais
- “1234” by Feist
- “A New Way to Walk” by Destiny’s Child
- “Believe in Yourself” by *NSYNC
- “Furry Happy Monsters” by R.E.M.
- “A Song About Elmo” by Adam Sandler
- “Dancin'” by Alicia Keys
- “No Letter Better” by Dixie Chicks
- “The Addition Expedition” by LL Cool J
- “Hold My Hand” by Hootie & the Blowfish
- “Don’t Know Y” by Norah Jones
- “Outdoors” by Jason Mraz
- “Time to Say Goodnight” by Andrea Bocelli
I enjoyed the song with the Goo Goo Dolls as the lyrics focus on children being happy with even small achievements such as falling down and not crying or making their bed. Alicia Keys did a great number with Elmo as she played piano, sang, and twirled around with the red monster. In “Don’t Know Y”, Norah Jones uses her amazing voice to summarize her great day with the letter ‘Y’ and to express disappointment in his not showing up again. R.E.M.’s “Furry Happy Monsters” starts off nicely but gets depressing later on. Adam Sandler’s song was kind of pointless but James Blunt expressed fondness for his triangle very well. I’m not familiar with Feist but her counting song was very sweet and I’m sure little ones will love it.
Our favorite song was not really a song but rather a ruckus. Ricky Gervais has this candid conversation with Elmo about him being a celebrity and Elmo not believing him. The lullaby is soft and serene and then Gervais rocks it out, leaving Elmo with wide eyes and frazzled fur. Somehow this clip made all three of us chuckle.
There are no introductions, fillers, or ending between songs – just clips being shown one after another. That means on-going sing-alongs. Speaking of which, in the bonus section of the disc, several songs include timed subtitles so your child can sing too. There are also printable activities (you have to pop the disc into the computer for that) to enjoy together. It also include a CD with 5 classic songs such as the “Wheels on the Bus” and “Eensy Weensy Spider”.
All-in-all this is definitely a great addition for your little one’s library. In fact, I’ll be keeping it on-hand in ours in case we have any pint-sized visitors come over.
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