Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



1999 Music
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Performed By: DinoRock
Producer: Rounder Kids
CD Price: $15.98
Tape Price: $10.98
Good news for pint-sized dinomaniacs: Dynorock’s latest edutainment is another wonderfully creative treat chock-full of real information about dinosaurus galore. This time, the creative trio – Michele Valeri, Mike Stein and Ingrid Crepeau – begins its well-researched, smart and tuneful songs with the “Deam Weavers” who “slide through the window on moonbeams,” and weave the threads of a child’s sleepy dinosaur thoughts into a dream.

No nightmare images here: A comfort zone is established from the start with “Dinosaur Babies” (“They had baby toes. They had baby feet. They cried like babies for something to eat”). “Doris the Stegosaurus” is a toddler, helping put over the concept of instinctive behavior. “The Alan Apatosaurus Lament” tells how some mixed up bones were mislabeled (“They called me a brontosaurus, and it got so confusin’, ‘cause the name they were usin’ was wrong…”).

In “Shy Kyle the Ankylosaurus,” a bashful dino tyke is proud of this protective, spiky dad and in “Moms to the Rescue,” the dreamer imagines that even dinosaur babies might have needed comforting at times. Story and songs are smoothly interwoven and instrumentals are first-rate, with a variety of pros, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer among them.

Lynne Heffley   ©1999 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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