Friday, September 30, 2011

Big Bully CD Review and Giveaway! - CLOSED!

I want to tell you about a very powerful CD that I received to review. It is the first in the Best Foot Forward Series from Recess Music entitled Big Bully. I think this is a very important CD that you would want your child to listen too. Bullying is a huge problem in our schools. It breaks my heart to hear stories of precious children being bullied. I worry about Bella being bullied in school just about every day. She has come home upset a few times about children pushing her down, calling her names and making fun of her. My heart breaks on these days. Instead of getting mad, I explain to her that she needs to learn from what they did and not make any other child feel that way.

We must all nurture our children and let them know that we are here for them no matter what. If we as parents can teach our children to be kind to their peers, maybe bullying won't be such a problem. In this wonderful children's music CD, Recess Music teaches children about bullying, what it feels like to be bullied and what they can do about it. When I listened to this CD with Bella, she had some questions about bullies and I think it is an important conversation to have. I want my kids to come to me when they have a problem at school and this CD helped us to open the door of communication to talk about this. I would definitely recommend Big Bully to other parents!



More About Recess Music and Big Bully:


The folks at Recess Music hope that Big Bully will help to encourage discussion among parents, children, and educators about harmony, understanding, social justice, and global peace, as well as the particular challenges caused by the unfortunate presence of intimidation and bullying behavior on our social landscape.

One could consider Recess Music’s “Best Foot Forward” series as the musical complement to a hip, up-to-date, and entirely relevant “course in manners” that reinforces a profound subtext and encourages kids to be the very best they can be. Almost all children really want to have friends and be good playmates, but to achieve these objectives they must learn key social structures and conventions, such as how to say, “I’m sorry” or how to live by the rule of “no put-downs” toward others. Big Bully presents songs promoting these healthy, positive ideas by asking the question “Why can’t we just be friends?” The album also provides a good antidote to the violence and bad manners that permeate so many video games and television shows.

Big Bully opens with The Uncle Brothers’ wonderfully alliterative, two-beat country tune, ”Bully Bubba,” explaining why bullies do the things they do and providing solid, practical advice: When you ignore them, they will go away! In up-to-date folk style, Nancy Tucker’s “Most Valuable Player” pays tribute to doing the right thing, declaring, “No matter what the scoreboard said, that kid came out a winner.” The Hipwaders encourage kids to develop a positive attitude to behavioral consequences with their upbeat song “Time In Time Out,” while Mary Kaye’s “Mean Ogre” features a really mean ogre singing about refusing to change. The country/rock “Me Last Attitude” by The Happy Crowd helps foster a gracious attitude that includes thinking of others first. Milkshake’s colorful, rocking “Enemies” portrays best friends who, unfortunately, sometimes act like enemies. “One and Only Me” by Janet’s Planet and “I Can Make a Difference” by J. P. Taylor & The Academics emphasize self-understanding and self-validation. The Hill Brothers have fun with “Vicious Vinnie,” a droll minor key song in praise of “talking it out” with teachers. Susan Salidor’s lovely ukulele waltz “I’m Sorry” offers a variety of ideas for how to apologize. More good advice for kids is given on Lyle Cogen’s rap, “No Put Downs,” and Lou Del Bianco’s “Bad Day Today.” In Leslie Bixler’s lyrical “Can You Imagine?” the focus is on empathy, with children being taken through situations where they “take a walk in someone else’s shoes.” Glenn Colton shares more insights about bullies on “Don’t Bully Me,” singing “Bullies are like babies in disguise.” Renee & Jeremy bring the album to a peaceful close with their mellow “Wishing Well,” a song conveying wishes of peace, love and well-being to all.

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You can purchase Big Bully on Amazon for $13.37!

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Disclosure: I received the products mentioned above for this review. No monetary compensation was received by me. This is my completely honest opinion above and may differ from yours. Because I do not directly ship most giveaways from my home, I cannot be held liable for lost or not received products.

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