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.”
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.
"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