Saturday, July 30, 2011

Lucas Miller: The Singing Zoologist

Okay folks, no disclaimer here. This is not a paid review, nor was I asked to do this review. I am writing this review because it *needs* to be written. Earlier this year, two of my children and I went to the reenactment of the Battle of San Jacinto down in La Porte, TX. They had a children's area, and that is where we met "The Singing Zoologist", Lucas Miller.

We were amused at his "Send them Back to Brazil (Fire ant song)". It was quite entertaining, and you know what, it was educational. Educational and fun? No way. I had to hear more, so I bought his "I love Earth" CD. Wait, I mean, Troy had to hear more, so I bought the CD. Then, after browsing through his stuff and seeing he had a book on Bluebonnets, I knew I had to have it too. Bluebonnets *are* my favorite flower, after all. The "Bluebonnet Time" Book came with a CD. BONUS! SCORE!

Moving on...we went home (to Nanny's house) and had to listen the CD right away. Hilarious, and once again...educational. Unfortunately, I forgot that CD in the player when we came home. It was okay, we still had the "I love Earth" cd to listen to. I think we listened to it several times, and one day I grabbed it for the kids to listen to when we went somewhere with hubby in his truck. Go me, I left it in there and kept forgetting to get it out. Then one afternoon, about two weeks later, I recognized a tune my hubby is singing as the "Mako Shark" song.  This guy, big tough mean (looking) guy....

Wait, not only that, he is also busting out with lines from "The Chimichanga song". He was helping me write my science lesson plans for Troy by suggesting songs. I can tell you also that *I* have been educated tons by the songs from that CD. I never knew why the Eagles came close to extinction, where the fire ants came from, or about the wolves at yellowstone...until I listened to this CD. That is a slim run down. I have actually learned a lot more. You know what though? My *kids* have learned too.

Another "funny" mother gave the CD to my 15 year old son to bring home with him. We went out to a Mexican restaurant, and he starts singing "The Chimichanga song". Turns out, he's been listening to it. On his own. No one made him. This kid:

So, he is at the table, in the restaurant, singing about his chimi and my husband joined in. I joined in. The five year old, he joined in to. The other restaurant goers...they thought we were nuts, but you know what? I bet they don't know half as much as we know now. 

Have I mentioned that I bought all of this to benefit *Troy*? You remember Troy, this cute little precocious five year old?

We also bought a story book, "Fifi the Ferocious" (which Troy says "Feee-rocious"). This is Troy's favorite book. Yeah, he can recite it without it being read to him, but we still read it. It is well loved. It has gone on playdates, to the park, mother's day out, and on many car rides with us. He likes to share it with others, because he loves it.

As I said, I bought all of this thinking it would be fun & educational for Troy. Little did we know how much we would all learn from it. Little did I know how many laughs our family would get from it, and how it would be something we would bond over. This has enlightened us, and educated us together. We have memories built around these things. I love knowing that my children will be passing Lucas' material down to their children.

I recommend every family (not just homeschoolers, like us) go pay his site a visit, and that you get his "stuff".  I don't care if you are 1 or 99, you will enjoy it and you will learn. If you have a chance to go see him live, do so. He has a facebook too...and guess what? He actually interacts with you there.



  1. I love that your husband and your older son are singing along! That's the best! And how fun it would have been to have seen you all singing over your dinners! Thanks for the smile.

  2. This is right up my science-loving girls' alley. I'll have to go make a purchase now. :) Have you ever seen the bluebonnets in Ennis?

  3. Stumbled upon this--thanks for the hilarious post and kind words. So glad your family's enjoying my tunes; working on a new batch of songs now so stay tuned!

  4. We met Lucas Miller at one of his free library shows and were instant fans. My 5 year old and I love all the songs on I Love Earth. I second your high praise and recommendation. Now, I want some beans, beans, beans in my chimichanga...make it humonga!


I *love* getting feedback and comments. I will publish links to other blogs, just as long as they are not derogatory to a belief I hold in high esteem. I will post comments that disagree with my stance, as long as they are respectfully written. Most importantly, I will do my best to reply to all of my comments. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.