Let's Make Music review and giveaway


When I received a review copy of Sesame Street's Let's Make Music, I assumed it was just another collection of the usual episodes. Don't get me wrong, I adore Sesame Street and I still think it's the gold standard for kids' tv programs, but I didn't think I'd see anything out of the ordinary. Boy, was I wrong! Read more to find out why (and win a copy for yourself!):

The Basics
In Let's Make Music, the Sesame Street characters explore music and rhythm with the cast of Stomp. Telly Monster is despondent over losing his tuba, but the Stompers teach him (and everybody else) that you can make music with everyday items. Like all Sesame Street episodes and most Sesame Street videos, Let's Make Music is a compilation of segments tied to a single theme: in this case, sounds, rhythms and tunes.

The Bongga
The second the opening sequence began I knew this DVD was going to be special. The Stomp cast's rendition of the Sesame Street theme song -- with clinking pots and pans and muffin tins, whistling, banging on doors, and well, stomping -- was amazing!

I think this DVD has some wonderful messages for kids: first, that music is fun, and second, you don't need fancy electronic doodads to make music. And who better to teach this than the cast of Stomp? They can make music out of anything -- oil drums, brooms, ---- so featuring them in this DVD was a stroke of genius. Their rhythms are so infectious I don't see how any little kid could watch this without jumping off the couch and dancing (I must confess to tapping my feet and grooving to the beat myself). I've seen Stomp on Broadway, and believe me, they did not tone down their performance one bit just because it's a kids' DVD: you see them in their full glory.

The rest of the video segments are pretty entertaining: videos of African kids playing on Congo drums, little girls playing rhythmic hand games, Oscar teaching preschoolers to bang on garbage can lids and more. The music isn't limited to rhythms or percussion either; there's a great segment featuring Baby Bear and friends blowing into empty bottles to make some sweet tunes. Of course, I always enjoy seeing the vintage Sesame Street cartoon segments, such as the groovy "1-2-3-4-5...6-7-8-9-10...eeeelven-twelve.....", one of my favorites from my childhood (even now, that psychedelic pinball machine fascinates me). I swear, I enjoyed this DVD as much as my kids!

The Blah
Um, yeah, sorry, nothing. Don't make me say bad things about Elmo because my kids (and yours) will never forgive me.


The Bottom Line
With percussion performances by Stomp and classic Sesame Street segments, Let's Make Music is one DVD that parents will actually enjoy watching with their kids.


Win It!
One lucky Bonggamom Finds reader will win a copy of the DVD, Sesame Street: Let's Make Music. To enter, leave a comment here with your favorite Sesame Street Character.


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Maximum of 3 entries per person. This giveaway ends at midnight PST on March 14, 2010; I will draw a winner at random on march 15 and post the winner's name as soon as the winner confirms acceptance. For additional giveaway rules, click here. Good luck!




Disclaimer: I received a sample in order to review this product, but no monetary compensation. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

81 Comments, Leave yours here:

DEBIJOT on March 2, 2010 at 7:20 PM said...

According to my grandson Elmo is the Bomb? Ok

ShawnaMichelle on March 2, 2010 at 7:34 PM said...

My favorite and my kids favorite Sesame Street Character is Elmo!

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Nad on March 2, 2010 at 8:13 PM said...

Cookie Monster, for sure! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Elizabeth on March 2, 2010 at 10:49 PM said...

Grouch is my favorite, hoping it'll be my little one's as well!

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joahsgrandma on March 3, 2010 at 5:03 AM said...

I know that Elmo is the current Sesame Street favorite but my personal favorite is still Ernie.

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petteytiffany@yahoo.com on March 3, 2010 at 5:39 AM said...

i love oscar the grouch

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moushka on March 3, 2010 at 11:58 AM said...

I have always like Oscar the Grouch.

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Jennifer T. on March 4, 2010 at 9:50 PM said...

My favorite Sesame Street character is Grover.

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Steph on March 7, 2010 at 9:55 AM said...

My kids are big Cookie Monster fans, I myself like Bert and Ernie.

Shannon on March 7, 2010 at 11:27 AM said...

has to be big bird.

Mysharona on March 7, 2010 at 12:32 PM said...

I like Grover.

cdziuba on March 7, 2010 at 12:43 PM said...

Cookie Monster!


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Laura C on March 7, 2010 at 2:48 PM said...

My grandson has an Elmo birthday party so I have to say Elmo.



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Leen on March 7, 2010 at 4:07 PM said...

My favorite, hands down, is Grover!

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ky2here on March 8, 2010 at 2:31 AM said...

Mmmmmmmmm, I'm not the first to mention Grover. Here's another vote.

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littlelatina on March 8, 2010 at 7:01 AM said...

for my little Elmo lover

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Angela on March 8, 2010 at 9:26 AM said...

I like Abby...my son loves Elmo.
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Andria on March 8, 2010 at 12:51 PM said...

I like Oscar the Grouch. He reminds me of my uncle Oscar

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Heather on March 8, 2010 at 1:50 PM said...

I am a fan of Oscar. The grouchier, the better. :-)

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Linda on March 8, 2010 at 2:30 PM said...

I always liked Big Bird, but my grandson says Elmo is his favorite!
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Kristy on March 8, 2010 at 2:45 PM said...

I like Big bird!

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Emily on March 8, 2010 at 8:21 PM said...

Oscar the Grouch was always my favorite.

Jessica on March 8, 2010 at 10:30 PM said...

When I was little the Cookie Monster was my favorite (what kid doesn't dream of shoving cookies in their mouth like that?), but now I see that nothing can compete with Elmo's cuteness!
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Nicole on March 9, 2010 at 5:31 AM said...

I love Grover.

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Anonymous said...

Elmo is my favorite.
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Terra H. on March 9, 2010 at 9:46 PM said...

My favorite is Oscar the Grouch. Thanks.
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mogrill on March 9, 2010 at 10:03 PM said...

I like Snuffleupagus. Thanks for the chance.
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Tarah on March 11, 2010 at 4:58 AM said...

Big Bird and MR Snuffleupagus - they're a team!

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Sheila P on March 11, 2010 at 2:07 PM said...

Elmo is our favorite character!

mail4rosey on March 12, 2010 at 4:52 PM said...

Elmo is my favorite.
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paula michele on March 12, 2010 at 5:42 PM said...

I love Grover.

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dave on March 12, 2010 at 6:44 PM said...

Personally, I always liked Oscar the Grouch. My little nephews prefer Elmo. Thank you for the fun give-away.

ReggieMann on March 12, 2010 at 8:07 PM said...

Favorite Sesame Street Character is Abby Cadabby

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Erica C. on March 13, 2010 at 7:25 AM said...

Oscar has always been my personal #1.

Kim Benton on March 13, 2010 at 8:58 AM said...

Love Abby!!! Thanks for the offer.

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Cookie Monster!

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Alyssa on March 13, 2010 at 5:59 PM said...

Oscar!

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Jennifer M on March 13, 2010 at 6:31 PM said...

We like the Count.

Sarah C on March 13, 2010 at 7:05 PM said...

We love Elmo here!

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Anonymous said...

Cookie Monster is my fav.
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Melissa B. on March 14, 2010 at 6:45 AM said...

My favorite is Prairie Dawn.

checkers on March 14, 2010 at 9:19 AM said...

Oscar!
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fancyfeet48 on March 14, 2010 at 4:56 PM said...

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Hotsnotty2 on March 14, 2010 at 7:36 PM said...

I love Cookie Monster, thanks!

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kathy pease on March 14, 2010 at 7:41 PM said...

big bird has always been my favorite :)

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ali on March 14, 2010 at 9:44 PM said...

Elmo! Though Big Bird is pretty cool too. ;)

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Atreau on March 14, 2010 at 9:44 PM said...

Ernie has always been my favorite.

Gianna on March 14, 2010 at 9:56 PM said...

Oscar the grouch

lilyk on March 15, 2010 at 12:59 AM said...

I love Big Bird!

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