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In this, Franklin's first record, the good-natured green turtle opts for a loosey-goosey musical romp over the predicaments that tend to prey on him and his TV forest pals. Devoted Franklin followers (ages 2 to 5, mainly) will find plenty familiar here: the down-home, pluck-heavy title track opens the CD, and original tunes "What I Do In The Morning," "Hello," "Friends," "The Dinosaur Song," "Georgia Camp Meeting," and "Rainforest Song" from the "Franklin's Big Adventure" stage show make up the bulk of the remaining tracks. The CD also features "I Wonder," "Brothers and Sisters," and "Wake Up Spring" from the video Franklin and the Green Knight. Fans of the TV show who have seen neither stage nor video production are more likely to latch onto the turtle tyke's take on classics "The Wheels on the Bus," "Head and Shoulders," and "The Hokey Pokey" than to lose themselves in spirited sing-alongs of less accessible numbers such as "The Dinosaur Song," in which Franklin duets with a 100-million-year-old acquaintance he's apparently hooked up with at a museum. But that's not to say young listeners won't warm to every song eventually, as each sets forth a fun chorus and simple melody. And that warrants a warning to parents: Given successive spins, these songs may spur insistent requests among the uninitiated to see the productions from which they're taken. Factor in Franklin's good-guy, pure-as-peaches approach to life's problems, though, and that's hardly a reason to pass on this record. --Tammy La Gorce
Familiar activity songs and original songs featuring the nice little green turtle kid named Franklin, star of the popular children's books and Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. cartoon series. Most of the songs, though, are from the touring musical stage show, "Franklin's Big Aventure," and the video, " Franklin and the Green Knight. Slickly produced, friendly pop tracks include a bit of this and that: "The Wheels on the Bus," a rock 'n roll "Hokey Pokey," and songs about a dinosaur, siblings, Spring, and rainforest fauna.
Reviewed by Lynne Heffley, Parents' Choice® 2001 -- "i"From Parents' ChoiceÂ®
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