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BOZ Treehouse Tunes #1
by BOZ

Reviewed by Darcie Gudger

"BOZ is Barney in green ... good, clean, fun songs with a message."

BOZ is Barney in green.

Treehouse Tunes #1 is a collection of songs from BOZ DVDs. BOZ, “green bear next door”, reinforces the values Christian parents teach their kids… Each cut has a message: “Open your eyes to God’s surprise” encourages kids to see God in creation around them. “God sees you and He likes what he sees” drives home the point God makes no mistakes. Such a needed message in this society where kids are incessantly being told how they fail to measure up.

“You Can Do a Lot” is a song I can see myself playing on repeat all night long while my son Kyle sleeps. Wishful thinking? Not with these words: “Even though we’re little, we can do a lot. When it comes to cleaning we can help you on the spot…” BOZ tells kids that chores are fun, fun fun!. I like that message. Too bad Kyle’s only one year old.

Most of the songs are single line melodies with some down-home country style. Small children can easily pick up the tunes and sing along. “Hoop-dee-hoop” has a rhythmic groove encouraging movement. Being a kid’s CD, I popped it into the player while driving. Kyle giggled and giggled as that green bear sang. He loved it. Cool with me, since he’s the intended audience.

I, on the other hand, couldn’t wait to eject the CD. Call me a music snob if you will, but I found the repetition and hokey melodies irritating. Let me reiterate lest you think I’m being harsh – adults are NOT the intended audience. This is a CD I can plunk into the player in Kyle’s room and let him boogie away in BOZ bliss.

Parents, if you want good, clean, fun songs with a message and toddler appeal, go out and get Treehouse Tunes #1.

Darcie Gudger is a freelance writer currently working on a young adult novel while trying to solve all the mysteries of motherhood with her adopted son, Kyle. In her spare time, she coaches the 2A Colorado State Champion Sheridan High School colorguard, judged equipment for the Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association and sings for the Bear Valley church choir and worship team. An adventure-seeker who lives and writes in the shadow of the Rocky mountains, Darcie loves hiking, camping, cycling, photography and keeping her husband guessing. Visit Darcie online at her blog, Joy in the Litterbox.