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. Volume IX Number 17 . . . . April 25, 2003
Juno award nominee Mary Lambert engages her audience of youngsters and their parents in a one-hour video of her live concert presentation. Through nine songs, interspersed with mini-lessons, Lambert educates her audience about several aspects of fire safety. Dressed in a brightly patterned outfit, Lambert covers topics such as the stop, drop and roll technique, smoke alarms, the use of a fire extinguisher, matches and lighters as tools, not toys, and the importance of every family’s having a fire safety plan and an escape route should a fire break out in their home. In addition to her catchy tunes whose actions invite audience participation, Lambert uses props and short skits, some with the help of friends or volunteers from the audience, to get her point across. In one example, Lambert has two firemen come up on stage, one dressed in his regular uniform, and the other in his firefighting equipment. They explain the purpose of the mask, special gloves, breathing apparatus, helmet, etc. Lambert succeeds in delivering a very important message. She has a good rapport with youngsters and sustains their interest throughout her concert by using a variety of presentation techniques. The 60-minute video might be a bit too long for very young children, but teachers could choose to show only a portion of the video at one sitting. On the CDs, available both in English and French, there are two extra songs which are not included in the concert video. Each CD is approximately 40 minutes long. Lyrics are provided. The French version of the CD won the “Parent’s Choice Award” in the U.S. in 2002. A good video and CD for kids up to about seven or eight years of age, but a bit too juvenile for kids any older.
Gail Hamilton is a teacher-librarian at Bird’s Hill School in East St. Paul, MB.Note: All sales proceeds of the Sing Out Fire Safety video go directly to Fire Prevention Canada. The video can also be used for fund raising school activities as well as for direct educational fire safety protocol.
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