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Songs from a Journey with a Parrot
Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes from Portugal and Brazil
By (author): Magdeleine Lerasle Other primary creator: Paul Mindy Illustrated by: Aurélia Fronty
Magdeleine Lerasle ,

Other primary creator :

Paul Mindy ,

Illustrated by :

Aurélia Fronty


The Secret Mountain



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Hardcover , Picture book
English, Portuguese


Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (US) P - K
Nov 15, 2013
$22.95 CAD


203.2 x 209.55 x 10.16 mm | 0.81 lb

Page Count:

52 pages


Includes Audio CD
The Secret Mountain
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Europe
Sung in Portuguese, these 30 lullabies and nursery rhymes from Brazil and Portugal invites children on an authentic musical journey exploring the strong cultural ties that bind the two countries. Crossing the Atlantic from Porto to Rio, this musical collection presents the rich common heritage of songs about everyday life, work and play, and courtship and love. The lyrics are presented in Portuguese and translated into English, followed by notes on the origin and cultural context of each song. The accompanying CD features traditional songs that blend samba, modinha, fandango, and bossa nova, and are performed by a group of women, men, and children. The use of several indigenous acoustic instruments further makes this an uplifting, enchanting production that captures the meeting of rich and diverse styles.


Magdeleine’s Lerasle is an early childhood educator and researcher specializing in teaching language to children in Paris, and is also the author of Songs in the Shade of the Olive Tree.

Paul Mindy is an award-winning musician who received the Georges Brassens Prize honouring his work in Brazilian music. He is an arranger, composer, singer and percussionist. He has worked alongside other musicians such as Carlo Rizzo, Baden Powell and Richard Galliano.

Aurélia Fronty is a graduate from the Duperré School of Graphic Arts in France.  She has illustrated more than the 40 books for children, including I Have the Right to Be a Child nominated to the USBBY Outstanding International Book Honour List and Wangari Maathai, winner in the “Best Book” category at te Children’s Africana Book Awards.

"This set is an excellent addition to multicultural children’s music collections." - SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

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