Barbie and the rockers album
Barbie and the Rockers: The Fan by Teddy SlaterDelia wins a contest to spend a weekend with Barbie and The Rockers, for her essay What Music Means to Me. Delia is to try out for a place at the Los Angeles High School of Music, and has been practicing hard with her violin. When she sees the glamorous lifestyle of The Rockers, though, she decides shell give up violin and learn to play guitar, so she can join the band. The Rockers show Delia that being in a rock band isnt all fun, though--its a lot of hard work, too. So, Delia decides to keep practicing with her violin, and The Rockers promise her a seat at any of their concerts.
Barbie and The Rockers: The Fan, written by Teddy Slater and illustrated by Tom Tierney, features characters from the popular Barbie toys. My summary above makes the book sound like a pretty good book for kids, but its got some problems, too.
First, the book (like the toys, I suppose) implies that the kind of glamorous clothing worn by the band is something that Delia (and, by proxy, all girls) should be envious of, and that they should feel that ordinary clothing is inadequate. It says that Delia was dazzled by the glittering clothes and couldnt help comparing them with her own skirt and sweater. She felt painfully plain--especially when Dereks eyes lit up at the sight of Diva modeling one of the outfits. But Delia is wearing a perfectly nice outfit. One might expect the book to give the lesson that its not necessary to dress in flashy clothing, and that its the person, not the clothes, that matters, but it doesnt. The message from the book is that Delia is right to be ashamed of her (relatively) simple clothing, and that if girls want to attract the eyes of someone like Derek, they must also dress in fancy clothing. Bad lesson.
As for the lesson that its hard work being in a rock band: well, thats true, but thats all the lesson is. They just have Delia watch them spend a few hours trying to record an album, and she decides that its too much work, and thats that. They mention that when Delia has a violin concert, they want tickets, because theyre fans of her, too, but that just comes out of the blue. The book doesnt really push the message that Delias hard work practicing with the violin is also valuable, or anything like that. The book just says that being in a rock band and wearing expensive clothing is way better than anything else, but you have to spend time recording music in order to do it. And... thats it.
Barbie and The Rockers: The Fan isnt wholly unsalvageable, but it misses plenty of opportunities for good lessons, and seems to teach very bad lessons. I cant recommend this one.
This review also appears on my blog.
Barbie and the Rockers: Out of This World
By Lisa Hix June 3rd, Pretty much every kid I knew had it on in the background all the time. I even tried to tie measuring tape into a hair band. Top: s cartoon rock superstar Jem performs in a music video. Via AnimationMagazine.
Growing up in the s, we had both bands in our house, but I tend to remember The Rockers having the better toys at the time though JEM had the awesome show. I, playing as "Derek," spent a lot of time jammin' out with my sister as we enjoyed her "Hot Rockin' Stage" playset. Turns out, my wife and her sister had one, too. Long-gone like most of our now-prized childhood possessions, something interesting happened last month If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram and it would be very cool if you do , then you already saw a preview of this way back in September. You see, thanks to eBay and "new old stock," I was able to find Addie a Hot Rockin' Stage that had never been used, despite the box being pretty beat-up.
Mattel's BARBIE AND THE ROCKERS - Bringing 1985 into 2014 with the HOT ROCKIN' STAGE!
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Barbie and the Rockers or Barbie and the Rock Stars in Europe was a doll line made in the mids by Mattel to compete with Hasbro 's popular Jem doll line. They were on the market for roughly 3 years and there was a direct to video film made to go with the line titled Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World. The line was brought back in late as a Target exclusive. The series was distributed by Saban Productions , which was owned by Mattel , the makers of the "Barbie" dolls. As a result, Mattel must give approval before any future home video release of the series is made available.