Monday, January 9, 2012

The Chickadees: The Froggy Hop...R&G!

We are a family who loves music.  We enjoy a wide variety of styles and I am always excited to introduce the kids (and myself!) to new artists.  When I was contacted to check out the new release from a band called The Chickadees, I was very excited.  Not only was it a new to us band but they were named for our state bird...fun!

The Chickadees are a group of four women whose mission it is not only to entertain but to educate children about having fun while being environmentally conscious.  Here is  a bit more background on the band from their website...

Award-winning environmental children’s music quartet The Chickadees are back with their second album: The Froggy Hop. The Chickadees are fronted by critically acclaimed Americana singer/songwriter Mary Karlzen. Karlzen, and her band mates - Anjl Rodee, Carmen Nickerson and Rosie Dempree - are growing with their audience and have begun a multi-media campaign to spread their message of environmentally conscious fun.

While The Chickadees’ Parent’s Choice award winning debut album, “Songs From The Great Outdoors” was aimed at preschoolers, “The Froggy Hop” is decidedly aimed at entertaining and enlightening big kids in their first few years of school. “Science was so boring for me as a kid and it made it hard for me to focus.” Karlzen explains. “I think a lot of kids have a hard time listening and learning basic facts. So why not make it fun? Learn the life cycle of a frog – and dance to it!”

In order to keep a firm hold on the attention span of school aged children being reared in the information age, The Chickadees enlisted former Simpsons animator Tim Decker, to create a series of videos – starting with the title track. In the “Froggy Hop” video, Karlzen, and The Chickadees cavort with enough cartoon tadpoles and frogs to make the most jaded kid both giggle with delight and forget they are technically learning something.

When the CD arrived I was excited to share it with the kids. From the description it sounded like it would be unlike anything we had listened to before and it WAS! I hear a lot of kids music that is just meant to be silly fun (this is fine). I also hear a lot of children's CD's with a focus on letters and numbers learning (also fine). What I have never had the pleasure of sharing with my children is a CD with such a strong focus on science. What a fantastic way to introduce children to basic science and about the environment. I really, really love this! My boys are real science buffs so I knew they would be thrilled with the selection of songs from The Froggy Hop. Here is the song list...

The Froggy Hop Songs
  • The Tadpole Wiggle
  • The Hiking Song
  • Hibernation
  • Animal babies
  • Nocturnal
  • Reduce, Recycle & Reuse
  • Goldfinches
  • The Cardinal Song
  • Maple Syrup Time
  • Tiny Little Caterpillar
  • Planet Protectors
The Chickadees sound is a little bit country, a lot folksy and completely listenable for children AND parents!  I definitely found myself tapping and singing along and I am not ashamed to tell you that I happily do the Tadpole Wiggle right along with the kids.  We enjoy all the songs on the CD but I think our favorites are The Tadpole Wiggle, Hibernation and The Cardinal Song (perfect for us right now because we have daily visits from a pair of cardinals at our bird feeder!).

If you are looking for something fun, educational and unique to the market pick up The Froggy Hop for the kids.  Your ears will thank you!  Click HERE to snag the CD for just $10!

Lastly, I  wanted to share with you a fun video featuring The Tadpole Wiggle (or also known as what we are currently dancing to at Reviewed by Mom!).  Enjoy!




I am so pleased to tell  you that my friends at Y&T Music are giving TWO lucky RBM readers a copy of The Froggy Hop.  Thanks so much to the sponsor and here is how to enter....
a Rafflecopter giveaway

63 comments:

Aileen said...

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Shannon said...

Little Tiny Caterpillar

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animal babies.

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corey1971 said...

His favorite would probably be Maple Syrup Time (Corey Olomon)(olomon@hotmail.com)

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Tadpole Wiggle! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
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Unknown said...

Little Tiny Caterpillar! :)

Heather said...

Planet Protectors!
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Shannon said...

Probably the Tadpole Wiggle. At least it will be once I explain what a tadpole is! lol

Linda Trinklein said...

Tiny Little Caterpillar
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monte said...

Tiny Caterpillar is cool

Jenette said...

I like Animal babies

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Jenette said...

also entered thomas

katklaw777 said...

Tiny Little Caterpillar sounds like one my kids would like!

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Maple syrup time

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Hifam said...

I think my son would love the hiking song. Jody H

Kathy said...

Tiny Little Caterpillar

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Kaelyn L. said...

The tadpole wiggle:)

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Unknown said...

I think the Tadpole Wiggle is a great song.

Unknown said...

I think the Tadpole Wiggle is a great song. Kids will really love it.

Aileen said...

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i think it would be the tadpole wiggle
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jenzen69 said...

Tiny little catterpillar

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lp23 said...

My daughter would probably love Maple Syrup Time. She is a huge pancake fan!

jmcghee2024 said...

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Nickolay said...

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Kelley said...

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i think Tiny Little Caterpillar would be a hit

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Terri said...

I think the song "Animal Babies" would be a hit with my little granddaughter who likes to pretend she is a vet taking care of her "sick" stuffed animals. :-)

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Clair said...

maple syrup time