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Review: Boomerang! Audio Downloads

Review: Boomerang! Audio Downloads
"If television is chewing gum for the eyes, Boomerang! is granola for the ears. ... Sound wonderful? It is, it is."- The Washington Post
(taken from website)

This is a truly unique kids program that is reminiscent of the good ole' days when families used to sit by the radios to listen to their favorite characters over the waves. I first heard of Boomerang! from This Vintage Chica's online children's' nature journal, The Magnifying Glass (two separate blogs, she has a few more, too! The M. Glass is co-hosted by Blue Yonder ;did I mention I have a thing for craft/homeschooling blogs?:) They were having a giveaway to celebrate the new blog and one of the prizes was a few "episodes" of Boomerang! audio, with the winners choosing any versions they would like to own. Well, me being me, I signed up with my favorite idea of an episode to win one for free, and what do you know? The owner contacted me asking if I'd like an episode free of charge, and would I please review it for my blog?
Why of course I would!
The audio clips are one-hour programs that have a number of different segments in them, each with different voices (of children of course!) to boot, including jokes, current events, and perhaps a biography or two. My episode that I chose was about Moral Courage and Henry Ford. They wove Ford's story about being the auto-maker for the everyman, while having the courage to stand up for what is right. Going along with moral courage there was also a story about a new kid at school and what two characters could have done to make him feel more welcome. Also included was a 'mystery', again similar to an old style radio show! I really had a lot of fun listening to this, and thought it was an ingenious idea! I am so glad I got to review it.

This program, though, is a little out of my kids' range. It is for 6-12 year olds, and my oldest isn't even two, nor would he understand what's going on until he is much older, however, I sure had fun listening to it! Another thing, is it is slightly out of my budget. Per issue it is $7.95 for just the audio download (then you can burn it to a CD or keep it on your computer forever) or $10.95 for a CD copy every month. For someone who doesn't spend more than $30/month on entertainment (Internet excluded) this is just way out of our price range. In the future, though, this is something I can see Lukka really enjoying and may think about investing in it. It reminds me quite a bit of a mix of Reading Rainbow and Little Orphan Annie. Too good to be true! Go check our their awesome website and their huge back-log of episodes. You can also listen to certain segments HERE.
4 outta 5 stars for originality and quality!

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