My favorite children’s song is Joshua Giraffe by Raffi. It is delightful, and teaches such a loving, animal friendly message. Joshua, born in a zoo, is sad. A few of the lyrics are:
My mommy doesn't lick me, even when I'm sticky from candy floss, candy apples, popcorn, soft drinks, jelly beans and gumdrops
There must be something better than living in this cage
How little of life he had, wasting away with no room to playBut Joshua's fate improves!:
Joshua was lucky, he had some special friends... they chopped his cage in two, he discovered he could fly and he soared into the sky
...they haven't come back yet. But when they do, they say they are going to free all the animals from their cagesOur daughter loves this song, jumping and singing with glee. She also has a sincere understanding of why animals shouldn't be in a zoo (or in a circus). For those parents interested, Raffi has other great songs like Baby Beluga and Oats and Beans and Barley on his Baby Beluga CD.