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American Heroes #4

by Jonathan Sprout

Winner of 12 national awards, this collection of powerfully produced pop rock tunes sounds a bit like the Pops Ups and Justin Roberts meet Taylor Swift. Inspiring songs for children and their grown-ups about 10 amazing heroes.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Unstoppable
3:41 $0.99
2. Come With Me!
3:58 $0.99
3. E=mc2
3:43 $0.99
4. Hall of Fame
2:41 $0.99
5. Man in the Arena
3:38 $0.99
6. Through the Eyes of a Child
3:32 $0.99
7. Powerful
3:32 $0.99
8. Dr. Seuss
3:43 $0.99
9. Interconnected
4:18 $0.99
10. Heads, Hearts, And Hands
4:03 $0.99
11. I See a Hero
4:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
American Heroes #4 is the recipient of these 12 national awards:

* Santa's Choice Award
* Family Choice Award
* Dr. Toy One of the 10 Best Audio/Video/CD/DVDs
* Academics' Choice Smart Media Award
* KIDS FIRST! All-star Award
* Tillywig Brainchild Award
* Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award
* The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval
* Dove Foundation "Family Friendly" Seal
* Mom's Choice Honoring Excellence Gold Award Recipient
* Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award
* Global Music Award Bronze Medal

The Heroes on American Heroes #4:

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) is considered the most creative scientific genius of modern times. He questioned the obvious and marveled at nature's mysteries while changing our understanding of the world. “Imagination is more important than knowledge,” he said. He was a master of both. He forever changed the laws of physics with his formula E=mc2, proving that energy and mass are different forms of the same thing. A kind, gentle, and absent-minded professor who rarely wore socks and seldom combed his hair, he became one of the world’s most visible supporters of peace and human rights. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 and named Person of the Century by Time Magazine in 1999. His name is now another word for “genius.”

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.—Albert Einstein

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) was once the most influential black woman in America. At 29, she started her own school for African Americans with $1.50, all the money she owned. She became a voice of hope and optimism, inspiring pride and self-confidence in others. Firmly committed to social justice, she taught her students how to succeed, insisting they pay it forward by helping others who were less fortunate. Her non-confrontational style of preferring conference tables to picket lines enabled her to build bridges between black and white communities that advanced the cause for equal rights. She was the first black woman to serve as a presidential advisor and the first black person to have a national monument dedicated to her in Washington, DC.

Enter to learn; depart to serve.—Mary McLeod Bethune

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) is the only person ever to receive any country’s highest military honor and the Nobel Peace Prize. The 26th president of the United States, this brilliant historian and energetic nature lover enacted legislation to protect and preserve 230 million acres of land—one-fifth of America. He was the first president to fly in an airplane, go down in a submarine, own a car, and have a telephone in his home. He changed the way people in America thought of their leaders by demonstrating that one’s character is as important as one’s accomplishments. He was a devoted son, husband, and father who wrote 45 books, spoke 6 languages, and read, on average, 2 books a night. Fearless and full of adventure, he boasted, “No one has ever enjoyed life more than I have.”

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.—Theodore Roosevelt

William Penn (1644-1718) was the first great hero of American liberty. A true visionary, he spent many years in English prisons as a result of his belief that everyone deserves respect. After the King of England gave him a huge section of land in America, he traveled throughout Europe encouraging people to come with him and take part in his “Holy Experiment” known as Pennsylvania. It became a place of safety for people the world over who sought freedom and peace, including Native Americans. They lived, in Penn's own words, “with liberty and justice for all” and inspired a community named City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia. His lifelong devotion to truth and equality inspired America’s other Founding Fathers and the unfolding of American democracy.

Seek not to be rich but happy. Riches lie in bags. Happiness in contentment – something wealth can never give.—William Penn

Rachel Carson (1907-1964), “Voice for the Earth,” was an author and scientist whose courage, selfless spirit, and sense of wonder inspired the modern environmental movement. Her books about nature helped people realize our interconnectedness with the world of plants and animals. In 1951, her book The Sea Around Us was published. It remained on The New York Times best-seller list for 81 weeks and was translated into 32 languages. In 1962, Carson wrote Silent Spring, a book that spoke courageously about the irresponsible use of poisonous chemicals. Though powerful chemical companies labeled her an alarmist, her book awakened millions of people to the importance of caring for the planet. In 1980, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, was awarded in her memory.

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.—Rachel Carson

Juliette Gordon "Daisy" Low (1860-1927) created an organization in 1912 that became the largest voluntary association of young women in the world: Girl Scouts of the USA. She was an artistic, courageous, and energetic world traveler who thrived on instilling in “her girls” a sense of responsible citizenship. She provided healthy, fun activities for girls while teaching them how to be loyal, courteous, friendly, and trustworthy. Her charming eccentricities made her the center of attention at every party. Unstoppable in her enthusiasm for scouting, and generous to a fault, she was loved and admired by countless people the world over for helping people help themselves. She is fondly remembered as the first Girl Scout and the best Girl Scout of them all.

The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers.—Juliette Gordon Low

Samantha Smith (1972-1985) was a bright and expressive schoolgirl whose optimism warmed the hearts of millions around the world. At a time when the United States and the Soviet Union appeared to be on the brink of nuclear war, she innocently wrote a letter of peace to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov. His warm response and her two-week journey to his country inspired countless Americans and Soviets to rethink their hostile views of each other. As a powerful symbol of hope and “America's youngest ambassador for peace,” she helped create an atmosphere of love, respect, and joy. Tragically, her life was cut short at the age of 13 when she and her father died in a plane crash. She taught the world an important lesson: If people try hard enough, they can get along.

The people of the world seem more like people in my own neighborhood. I think they are more like me than I ever realized.—Samantha Smith

Roberto Clemente (1934-1972), “The Great One,” was Puerto Rico’s most popular sports figure and the first Latino elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame. He won 12 straight Gold Glove Awards and 4 National League batting champion titles. He was named 12 times to the All-Star team, was Most Valuable Player in the National League in 1966 and Most Valuable Player in the 1971 World Series. His .317 career batting average was the highest among all active baseball players. A committed humanitarian with a passion for family and the welfare of children, he challenged racial discrimination while helping the less fortunate. He lost his life while attempting to fly relief supplies to earthquake victims in Central America. Recognized as baseball’s first Latin American superstar, he believed it is not enough to play the game well. One must always give back.

If you have a chance to help others and fail to do so, you’re wasting your time on this earth.—Roberto Clemente

Theodore Seuss Geisel (1904-1991), known as Dr. Seuss, is the most popular and influential name in children's literature. He endured no less than 27 rejections before his first book was published. His 60 books have been translated into more than 15 languages, and have sold more than 222 million copies. Sixteen of them are among the top 100 best-selling children’s hardcover books of all time. His lifelong war on illiteracy earned him two Emmys®, a Peabody Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Eleven children's television specials, a Broadway musical and several feature-length movies have sprung from his books. He was a painfully shy, light-hearted defender of children’s rights who revolutionized the way children can learn to read. He demonstrated that words are fun and reading is joyful.

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.—Theodore Seuss Geisel

Walt Disney (1901-1966) transformed the entertainment industry as he created some of the world’s most well-known and best-loved characters. Believing that adults deserve to have as much fun as children, he sketched cartoons, produced more than 100 movies and built a theme park that remains the benchmark of all the planet’s playgrounds – Disneyland. He received more awards and nominations than any other individual in history. He and his staff of cartoonists, movie-makers and Imagineers were recognized with more than 950 honors and citations from around the world, including 48 Academy Awards® and 7 Emmys®. Known as “the Man behind the Magic,” he saw a world of possibilities through the eyes of an innocent child. If something can be imagined, he believed, it can be made real.

When I see things I don’t like, I start thinking “why do they have to be like this and how can I improve them?”—Walt Disney



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Perfect Educational, but fun songs
Sprouts brings to life some of our past time favorites in fun songs such as "Dr. Seuss" and "Hall of Fame". He is creative, funny, and brilliant. He has become an excellent bridge between education and music. I recommend for any child!

Kurt Witteman

Great Children's Album
A great one for the kids! Jonathan Sprout makes learning about history fun and fascinating through his American Heroes series. This one features songs about everyone from Albert Einstein and Dr. Seuss, helping children learn about these great men and women in a way thats fun and fresh.

Sam Ashmore

My little cousins are in love!
Jonathan Sprout again works his magic with a great album for kids with a patriotic/fun atmosphere. I started listening to it over the 4th of July weekend with my little cousins and they won't stop playing it! I am continuously surprised how Jonathan continues to improve with each album and I look forward to the next installment!

Barry Raphael

Forget the kids. This one is for you!
I’m on an airplane. I’ve promised to review this album for months. Being a fan of Jonathan Sprout since well before he become the minstrel of American Heroes, I delight in every new effort as he always brings the level of his music yet one step higher. He hasn’t faltered with AH#4, either.

My kids know AH#1 by heart. They still sing “Johnny Appleseed” a cappella on occasion. But they’re grown now and into other things. They have a surprise coming. Wait ‘til they’re my age.

The effort he went to to get to know each of these characters and bring out some of the lesser known facts is obvious from the lyrics and I can appreciate his scholarship. I know he went to great lengths of time and distance to gather source material. He is a teacher at heart.

The depth and complexity of the arrangements and instrumentation mirrors the depth and complexity he found in each of his heroes. Like Disney’s cartoons, there is a level of sophistication that can be enjoyed by adults as they are sitting with their children and enjoying this music. For those parents who feel obligated to sit through agonizing iterations of some simplistic children’s music, you can find solace here in this music where new elements can be discovered with each listening. Sprout chose veterans of extensive musical talent to collaborate with, far beyond what most artists in this genre feel is necessary. I applaud all their efforts.

It’s not just the music that drives home a message. The themes exemplified by these Heroes are just as relevant and inspirational to those of us who are also trying to make a difference. After all, Sprout is distilling the essence of the most influential and successful humans on our planet, each with a different lesson to teach. In my own profession, I am on a personal mission to make things better, and when I listened to the words of Mary McLoed Bethune, I was both in tears and clapping for joy (yes, on the airplane no less). There is surely a song in here that touches you, too.

I’m thinking the Academy would be justified in giving Jonathan a second nod. And if he keeps inspiring us (and our children) in this way, we’ll have to declare Jonathan Sprout as one of our American heroes, too.

So, go ahead and buy this for your kids. You may even want to profess such to the neighbors. But once you listen, you’ll know that this one is for you.

Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Rose

A Must for Home and School!
Jonathan Sprout has an acclaimed career as a songwriter performer with substance. His latest CD, “American Heroes #4” is yet another winner!
Jonathan’s songs are upbeat and melodic. Their most distinguishing feature, though, is their language. His words teach and promote values, peace, respect, appreciation, brotherhood, kindness, and cooperation. Within each CD case is an insert that provides words to the songs as well as a history of each hero.
We hired Jonathan to perform music assemblies in Norwood. The students and teachers always asked for his return the following school year.
For us, as presenters at the annual Character Education Conference in upstate New York, we also use his music to provide audience members with something to take home! As grandparents, we use Jonathan’s songs as a creative way to introduce the concept of “heroes” to our grandchildren: their traits, their stories and their legacy. We all love to sing along to Jonathan’s music!
We highly recommend Jonathan Sprout’s CDs for children, teachers, parents, and grandparents.
• Dr. Andrew Rose, former Chief School Administrator of the Norwood Public School District, Norwood, New Jersey – retired after 42 years in public education
• Mrs. Vivian Rose, retired Supervisor of Special Education Programs ( BOCES, Northern Westchester, NY )

Steve Triolo

AH # 4 Another Winner
Another great entry by Jonathan in the American Heroes series. Adults will tap their toes, even with no kids around. My nephews have been big fans since AH #1. They've had "Washington's Hat" queued up on their machine to get them up in the morning for the longest time.


A must have for kids
In his CD American Heroes #4, Jonathan Sprout delivers! This album offers infectious pop melodies and clever lyrics for kids, but adults can enjoy just as much! "E=mc2" is a must listen for children! This would be a great album to pop in during birthday parties or children get togethers!