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Songs in the Shade of the Olive Tree
Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes from the Maghreb
By (author): Hafida Favret By (author): Magdeleine Lerasle Other primary creator: Paul Mindy Illustrated by: Nathalie Novi
Hafida Favret , Magdeleine Lerasle ,

Other primary creator :

Paul Mindy ,

Illustrated by :

Nathalie Novi


The Secret Mountain



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Hardcover , Picture book


Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (US) P - K
Oct 01, 2012
$22.95 CAD


203.2 x 209.55 x 12.7 mm | 0.8 lb

Page Count:

52 pages


Includes Audio CD
The Secret Mountain
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Africa

Sung in Arabic and Berber, this collection of lullabies and nursery rhymes from Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia draws children into a musical journey across North Africa, from the Sahara Desert through the Atlas Mountains to the Mediterranean Sea. In 30 story-songs about everyday life, children learn of the importance of rain, the communal aspects of meals, and the consequences of bad behavior. Lyrics are reproduced in Arabic and translated into English, transcribed in the original script and in Roman characters, and followed by notes on the origin and cultural context of each song. The accompanying CD features traditional songs performed by a group of women, men, and children, and recorded with indigenous acoustic instruments. This uplifting, enchanting production captures the meeting of ancient and modern styles, making it an absolute delight to musical ears.


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.

Hafida Favret is an Algerian-born singer and attorney who practices international law in France

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.

Nathalie Novi is an Algerian-born illustrator who graduated from Pierre Courtin’s copperplate engraving workshop, and also studied at l’École nationale des Beaux Arts de Paris. She has illustrated more than 60 children’s books.   She received a «special mention» from the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair for the picture book Une cuisine tout en chocolat.

This particular book and CD are absolutely beautiful!

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