Various Artists

Songs for Kids, Vol. 2

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AllMusic Review by Johnny Loftus

Songs for Kids, Vol. 2 picks up where its companion collection left off with the cautionary tale "Never Smile at a Crocodile." The polka-flavored tune offers valuable advice: "Never smile at a crocodile/Never tip your hat and stop to talk awhile." A lilting take on "Puff the Magic Dragon" benefits from a sunny female lead and harmony vocals in the classic chorus, while the uplifting "Rainbow Connection" wonders aloud about lovers and dreamers. A diluted version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is a hurdle, and "When You Wish Upon a Star" passed into cliché years ago. But the hilarious set-closer "You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd" makes up for the missteps with its effervescent melody and kooky lyrics.

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