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Lomax, The Hound of Music

Lomax, The Hound of Music

Spring 2010 Television
Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
Network: PBS
Have you met Lomax, the hound of music? This puppet pooch is the star of a PBS children's show centered around celebrating our musical heritage through folks songs.

Lomax, has a kitty sidekick named Delta and a human friend named Amy, who sports a Southern accent. They all ride around in the caboose of a train, singing songs and encountering some interesting musical characters. In every half-hour episode, young viewers are invited to sing along. For example, in one episode, the theme is rowing. Amy and Lomax meet a man sitting on a porch in a boat. Everyone winds up singing "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore" as well as "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." Rounding out the cast are Fred the conductor and Louise and Clark, two fleas who sometimes cause Lomax a bit of an itch. In another, a talking goat leads everyone in singing "Bill Grogan's Goat."

As Lomax, whose name is taken from legendary ethnomusicologist and folklorist Alan Lomax, tracks down folk songs, viewers are treated to diverse people and places across the country. The show, which introduces music and folk songs to young kids, has a gentle, interactive feel. You might find yourself sitting down to watch with your kids -- and singing along, too.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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