If there is a single song which defines this time period, it is the Ponyo song, hands down. Claire loves the movie Ponyo, as do Kit and I. But Claire and Molly really love the theme song, Ponyo On the Cliff By the Sea, sung by by Frankie Jonas And Noah Cyrus.
This all came about when I made a movie-themed CD for the girls to listen to in the car. The CD had the Ponyo song and a few others including a couple from some Barbie movies. Claire was pretty happy about this, especially the Ponyo song. And after a few listens, Molly was nuts for the song. I think its cheerful melody and squeaky voices play well to the budding toddler set. Literally every time we get in the car now, Molly says, “Pono please!” (the “y” sound is still a little tricky for her). When the song ends, or even when it takes a momentary lull, Molly says, “More Pono!”, putting her fingers together to sign “more” for emphasis. Sometimes she even gets quite perturbed when the song is not immediately restarted. we must have heard these words hundreds of times by now…
Ponyo, Ponyo, Ponyo fishy in the sea.
Tiny little fishy, who could you really be?
Ponyo, Ponyo, Ponyo magic sets you free.
Oh, she’s the little girl with the round tummy.
Molly has even learned to sing small pieces of the song, usually just a syllable or two at a time, but she gets the right sounds and the right timing. This is officially the first song I have heard Molly sing, at least on her own.
After a couple weeks of this, even Claire was getting sick of the song, and I was tiring of it too. But not Molly, she is all about the Ponyo song.