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    Sing Out! Six Classic Folk Songs for Tomorrow Sophie Casson, Sin and Swoon Canada
    9782924774854 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (US) from P - K On Sale Date:September 01, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 184.15 x 254 x 17.78 mm | 1.41 lb | 176 pages Carton Quantity:20 The Secret Mountain
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      Folk songs such as “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain," “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” and “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” take on lives of their own, becoming stand-alone stories featuring several zany characters, including an acrobatic pink-haired roller-skater girl, a straw hat-wearing unshaven hillbilly astronaut, a banjo-playing cow-loving weasel, and a hard-working monkey who happens to love dumplings! The accompanying recordings of these popular sing-along songs for kids highlight gifted singers and seasoned musicians, producing a fresh original sound for a new generation. A unique code for the digital download of the recordings is also included.
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      Sophie Casson studied graphic design at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She was a finalist for the 2011 Governor General’s Award (Children’s Literature—Illustration), and has won many awards both in Canada and the United States. Her illustrations have appeared in a wide range of magazines including Businessweek, The New York Times, Canadian Business, The Globe and Mail,Châtelaine, and L’actualité. She recently exhibited her work at the International Design House Exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan. Sin and Swoon is a duo made up of Ottawa Valley native Michael James O’Brien and Antigonish, Nova Scotia’s Michelle Tompkins. They have backed-up several popular Montreal acts in the past, notably Patrick Watson, The Barr Brothers, Plants and Animals, and Thus Owls. Their debut album, Did I turn the oven off?, came out in 2015.
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      "Nearly everyone seems to be having a good time, and so will readers and listeners. On the included CD or MP3 files downloaded from the publisher’s website, Canadian singers Sin and Swoon (Michael O’Brien and Michelle Tompkins), accompanied by other musicians, offer catchy renditions just right for singing along." —Kirkus Reviews

      "Sing Out!: Six Classic Folk Songs for Tomorrow is especially and unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library music themed picture book collections for children ages 3-7." —Midwest Book Review
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    Some Creatures Have All the Luck! Antonio Vivaldi I Musici de Montréal, Colm Feore, Ana Gerhard, Marie Lafrance Canada
    9782924774847 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts Age (years) from 7 - 9, Grade (US) from 2 - 4 On Sale Date:October 01, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 171.45 x 241.3 x 10.16 mm | 0.59 lb | 36 pages Carton Quantity:40 The Secret Mountain
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      Travel through time following a charming little mouse called Minim, who happens to love cheese and music. With great courage, he braves a cold Venetian winter night to visit an orphanage. His mission is to replace the tooth fairy by leaving a little gift under the pillow of each child. Little does he know that this task is fraught with danger. A tomcat is lurking about in the building, always on the lookout for his next meal. Luckily, it’s also home to the great composer Antonio Vivaldi, whose music will prove irresistible!

      In addition to an illustrated story and introductory notes on the composer, this book is accompanied by a CD featuring recordings of the narrated story and the performances of the composition Concerto for Winter from The Four Seasons.

      Unique code for digital download of the recordings is also included.

       

       


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      Ana Gerhard studied as a concert pianist at the Mexican National Conservatory. She has taught piano for several years and has hosted numerous radio programs. Marie Lafrance is one of Quebec's best-known illustrators and was a finalist of the Governor General's Literary Award. Colm Feore is one of Canada's premiere stage actors who has also frequently acted on television and in film. He is especially well-known for his supporting roles in notable Hollywood films The Sum of All Fears, The Chronicle of Riddick, and Pearl Harbor. I Musici de Montreal, a chamber orchestra founded in 1983, has released more than 40 recordings and performed in the past at New York City's Lincoln Centre, Tokyo's Kioi Hall, and Geneva's Victoria Hall.


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    That’s My Piano, Sir! Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart I Musici de Montréal, Colm Feore, Ana Gerhard, Marie Lafrance Canada
    9782924774823 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts Age (years) from 7 - 9, Grade (US) from 2 - 4 On Sale Date:October 01, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 171.45 x 241.3 x 10.16 mm | 0.6 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 The Secret Mountain
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      Travel through time following a charming little mouse called Minim who loves cheese and music. One day, he witnesses the arrival of a dapper, young Mozart and his family as they set foot on a dock one late, cold night. He is no ordinary boy, sporting a white wig and dressed in red velvet, on his way to playing several concerts in the city. To the surprise of all, he begins to play with his sister for the tired customs officer and gloomy dockworkers. The evening air comes to life, and soon, everyone’s faces are beaming, their ears ringing with music!

      In addition to an illustrated story and introductory notes on the composer, this book is accompanied by a CD featuring recordings of the narrated story and the performance of the composition A Little Night Music (“Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”).

      Unique code for digital download of the recordings is also included.

       


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      Ana Gerhard studied as a concert pianist at the Mexican National Conservatory. She has taught piano for several years and has hosted numerous radio programs. Marie Lafrance is one of Que´bec’s best-known illustrators and was a finalist of the Governor General’s Literary Award. Colm Feore is one of Canada's premiere stage actors who has also frequently acted on television and in film. He is especially well-known for his supporting roles in notable Hollywood films “The Sum of All Fears”, “The Chronicle of Riddick”, and “Pearl Harbor.” I Musici de Montréal, a chamber orchestra founded in 1983, has released more than 40 recordings and performed in the past at New York City’s Lincoln Centre, Tokyo’s Kioi Hall, and Geneva’s Victoria Hall.


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      "That's My Piano, Sir!: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a thoroughly charming and unreservedly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library music themed picture books for young readers ages 7-9." —Midwest Book Review

      "Seems to me that if you’re going to make a video out of a picture book that relies heavily on music, you need to put your back into it. Give it all you’ve got. Some gusto! Some pizzazz! And in the case of today’s video premiere, make it feel like it comes from one of my favorite childhood shows, Reading Rainbow. Why did I invoke Reading Rainbow earlier? Because this particular video reminds me of when that show would mildly animate picture books and get a celebrity to do the narration. Case in point, this is narrated by Colm Feore, which may not excite anyone but my Stratford Festival-loving family (on non-COVID years we are always trekking out to Ontario) where we have seen him perform multiple times. And now, for your viewing pleasure, That’s My Piano, Sir!" —School Library Journal
      "I loved listening to the pieces chosen for this book." —Marysa, A Nation of Moms
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    A Delicious Taste of Mozzarella! Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky I Musici de Montréal, Colm Feore, Ana Gerhard, Marie Lafrance Canada
    9782924774830 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts Age (years) from 7 - 9, Grade (US) from 2 - 4 On Sale Date:October 01, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 171.45 x 241.3 x 10.16 mm | 0.6 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 The Secret Mountain
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      Travel through time following a charming little mouse called Minim who loves cheese and music. Join him on his vacation adventure in the country with Sasha and Bobik as they spend time with their favourite uncle, none other than Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky. This summer, the brilliant composer has offered them a gift they didn't expect, one that will last forever and bring happiness to children all over the world!

      In addition to an illustrated story and introductory notes on the composer, this book is accompanied by a CD featuring recordings of the narrated story and the performances of the compositions German Song, March of the Wooden Soldiers, Babayaga, The Witch Baba Yaga, and Kamarinskaya from Album for the Young.

      A unique code for digital download of the recordings is also included.

       

      Bio

      Ana Gerhard studied as a concert pianist at the Mexican National Conservatory. She has taught piano for several years and has hosted numerous radio programs. Marie Lafrance is one of Quebec's best-known illustrators and was a finalist of the Governor General's Literary Award. Colm Feore is one of Canada's premiere stage actors who has also frequently acted on television and in film. He is especially well-known for his supporting roles in notable Hollywood films The Sum of All Fears, The Chronicle of Riddick, and Pearl Harbor. I Musici de Montreal, a chamber orchestra founded in 1983, has released more than 40 recordings and performed in the past at New York City's Lincoln Centre, Tokyo's Kioi Hall, and Geneva's Victoria Hall.


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    A Duck in New York City Connie Kaldor Canada, Fil & Julie Canada
    9782923163024 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 2 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date:November 01, 2005
    $22.95 CAD 215.9 x 203.2 x 10.16 mm | 0.67 lb | 36 pages Carton Quantity:30 The Secret Mountain
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      The title story-song is about a little duck from the Prairies who has a big dream—making it to New York City and doing his ducky dance on Broadway! It turns out to be an adventurous journey that appears bound for failure, until he meets up with a truck driver named Big Betty. She points him in the right direction and gives him that little nudge he needs to tackle the Big Apple. Additional songs feature alligators that waltz at midnight, little girls who sing off-key to get tomatoes thrown at them, and opera-singing slugs that sneak out at night to do the boogie-woogie.

      • PARENTS’ CHOICE GOLD AWARD
      • NATIONAL PARENTING PUBLICATIONS HONORS AWARD
      • JUNO AWARD
      • MIAMI “ONE PICTURE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY” LITERACY CAMPAIGN SELECTION
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      Connie Kaldor is “one of Canada’s most significant contemporary folk performers” (Billboard Magazine). Her song, “Wood River” is considered by many to be the quintessential Prairie song. In 2007, she was appointed to the Order of Canada.
      ​The duo Fil & Julie (Philippe Arseneau Bussières and Julie Saint-Onge Drouin) have illustrated several albums such as Gratien Gratton prince de la gratouille, Fanfaron, À l’école des petits magiciens and Time for Bed.


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      Sure to be a hit for preschool story times.
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    The Fabulous Song Don Gillmor Canada, Michelle Campagne, Davy Gallant Canada, Marie-Louise Gay Canada
    9782923163178 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts Age (years) from 2 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date:May 01, 2006
    $22.95 CAD 203.2 x 215.9 x 10.16 mm | 0.64 lb | 44 pages Carton Quantity:15 The Secret Mountain
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      Oh, that darn Frederic Pipin! He’ll do anything to get out of learning how to play an instrument, much to the chagrin of his loving parents who named him after the great Chopin. One day however, the little fellow falls under the spell of an amazing conductor and owns up to his name by spinning some magic and writing a fabulous song!

      ​• PARENTS’ CHOICE RECOMMENDED AWARD

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      Don Gillmor is the author of six popular award-winning children’s picture books, including the Governor General Award winner Yuck, a Love Story and the original version of The Fabulous Song, winner of the Mr. Christie’s Book Award. He has written for many magazines including Rolling Stone, GQ, and Premiere. His articles have earned him six National Magazine Awards.

      Michelle Campagne if a founding member of the folk-roots group, Hart-Rouge, which has released over ten albums. The single, “Inconditionnel,” earned them a SOCAN Award for one of the most played songs on French commercial radio in 1990. Over the last 20 years, the band has performed throughout the world including appearances at the legendary Newport Folk Festival and the Francofolies festival in Larochelle, France.

      Multi-instrumentalist and record producer, Davy Gallant, has worked with Roch Voisine, Garou, Connie Kaldor and Lennie Gallant, amongst others.


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      Bouncy and adventurous, beautiful and fun, both the tale and the music are treasures.
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    A Gift for Sophie Gilles Vigneault, Stéphane Jorisch, Martha Wainwright Canada
    9782923163987 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 5 - 7, Grade (US) from K - 2 Publication Date:October 01, 2013
    $22.95 CAD 209.55 x 203.2 x 10.16 mm | 0.63 lb | 44 pages Carton Quantity:15 The Secret Mountain
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      In this touching, poetic story set by the seaside, Old Man Tom teaches Sophie and Emilio the importance of seeing the world through their hearts. Presenting children with profound messages about friendship and gifts as well as old age and continuity, the book and accompanying CD offers a heartwarming perspective for the whole family. In addition to a production of the narrated story, the CD includes nine songs ranging from “A Friend That I Like” and “It's in the Nature of Things” to “I Have a Nest Full” and “The Old Man's House.”

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      As a member of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Gilles Vigneault is hailed as one of Canada’s most influential music figures of the 20th century, especially as a champion Québécois folksinger. His work often evokes his great love of nature and the passion he has for his hometown of Natashquan, a remote, windswept village on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. He has received numerous distinctions including the “Grand prix du disquiet de l’Académie Charles-Cros” in France and the “Médaille Vermeil” offered by the City of Paris.
      Stéphane Jorisch is a four-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Ruth Schwartz Children’s Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. He has also created set designs for Le Cirque du Soleil.
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      "A rare gift for lovers of timeless tales, well told." —Christian Science Monitor
      "David Francis effectively and expressively narrates this gem." —Terri Perper, School Library Journal
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    I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Alan Mills, PisHier, Emilie Clepper Canada, Thomas Hellman Canada
    9782924217238 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 5 - 7, Grade (US) from K - 2 Publication Date:September 01, 2014
    $22.95 CAD 209.55 x 203.2 x 9.91 mm | 0.65 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:50 The Secret Mountain
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      Winner of:
      Parents' Choice Recommended Award

      Classic sing-alongs for children
      The children’s classic “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,” for which singer-songwriter Alan Mills is best known, precedes a potpourri of simple singable songs, often focusing on numbers and letters and featuring hysterically funny animal characters. Singers Thomas Hellman and Emilie Clepper breathe new life into old traditions, performing rootsy renditions of catchy songs written for children more than 50 years ago.
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      Alan Mills takes his place in history as a renowned Canadian folk artist, circa 1950-1960. He saw a successful career that included CBC radio shows, Folk Songs for Young FolkThe Song History of Canada and Songs de Chez Nous.  He also went on to record 20 albums with Folkways Records. His best-known song is without a doubt the nursery rhyme “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”, which has seen numerous recordings by distinguished artists such as Burl Ives, Pete Seeger and Peter, Paul and Mary.
      ​Artist, illustrator and author Pierre Girard (known professionally as PisHier) has been combining various art genres, such as comic strips, numerical pictures, painting, illustration and graphic design, over the past 10 years. He is one of the founding members of the popular Quebec City publication Fanzine Bidon and has illustrated a dozen children’s books.
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      "A dozen children’s songs by a famous Canadian singer-songwriter are here rendered for modern listeners in lively, cheerful arrangements and with illustrated lyrics that invite singing along." —Kirkus Reviews

      "Just perfect for the preschool crowd." —Stephanie Bange, School Library Journal

      "The very youngest among you will find some delight here." —Stefan Shepherd, zooglobble.com
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    It's Raining Cats and Dogs! Sing-Along Animal Songs Marie-Eve Tremblay Canada
    9782924217740 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (US) from P - K Publication Date:June 14, 2016
    $22.95 CAD 209.55 x 203.2 x 7.62 mm | 0.3 lb | 36 pages Carton Quantity:50 The Secret Mountain
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      Winner:
      2016 Parents' Choice Recommended

      A delightful, lighthearted collection of sing-along songs featuring funny irresistible animal characters, including cuddly cats and dogs who just want to be your friend, even on a rainy day! Share an umbrella with a heartbroken pooch who sings the blues, a tomcat who has a soft spot for sour cream and a rumbunctious little kitty who snores and growls. It's full of good cheer thanks to the playful, heartwarming illustrations and an accompanying-CD comprised of ten catchy songs recorded by accomplished singers and skilled musicians.
      Bio
      Marie Eve Tremblay, a graduate in graphic design from the University of Montreal, has illustrated articles for several Canadian magazines. One of her illustrations that appeared in Readers Digest won her an Applied Arts Illustration Award in 2012. She has also collaborated with authors on a half-dozen children's books, including the series "Questions and Answers About..." (Usborne Publishing) and "La Vengeresse masquée et le loup" (Les 400 coups). She lives in Montreal.
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      "The storybook includes the lyrics and wonderful, fresh illustrations to help tell the tales. Bring some fun to your summer with songs by performers including Al Simmons, Connie Kaldor and Glen Bowser." —Jane Muller, City Parent

      "It’s light, amusing fun for pet-loving, musically inclined families." —Publishers Weekly
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    The Little Blue Doggy Lionel Daunais, Marie Lafrance, Michelle Campagne Canada
    9782923163642 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 5 - 7, Grade (US) from K - 2 Publication Date:September 01, 2010
    $22.95 CAD 209.55 x 203.2 x 7.62 mm | 0.61 lb | 36 pages Carton Quantity:50 The Secret Mountain
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      In the title song and story of this musical collection, a stuffed, woolen puppy falls victim to famished mites after having been left at home alone while his parents go to see an exhibit of humans at a local park. Upon their return, they discover his red, soggy, cotton tail on the floor and are faced with the challenge of putting him back together. Lionel Daunais’s lighthearted rendition of this song was a popular radio favorite in French-speaking Canada in the 1950s. The additional 12 songs in this storybook-music CD are off-the-wall fun for the whole family, full of clever word play and many strange creatures, including a bird who is part kangaroo and part rooster, a tortoise named Sue who goes around town without a shell, and a hard-headed hammer who has gone bonkers.

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      Lionel Daunais was a distinguished baritone, composer, and lyricist. He was a frequent performer on radio in Canada, and his numerous awards include the Canadian Music Council Medal, the Calixa-Lavallée Music Award, and a posthumous Denise-Pelletier Award. In 2006, he was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Marie Lafrance is an award-winning children’s book illustrator, having received great critical acclaim for the albums La Diablesse and the Baby (a Governor General’s Literary Award finalist), La fée des bonbons, and Le Grand voyage de monsieur Caca. She lives in Montreal, Quebec. Michelle Campagne is a singer-songwriter and a founding member of the folk-roots group Hart-Rouge. Their single "Inconditionnel" earned the band a prestigious SOCAN award in 1990. She lives in Drummondville, Quebec.
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      "Arresting illustrations have beautiful, saturated colors and play with perspective." —Kirkus Reviews


      "A refreshing antidote to the boring, innocuous fluff that passes for so much childhood literature." —Chicago Parent

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