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Songs from the Baobab
African Lullabies & Nursery Rhymes
Compiled by: Chantal Grosléziat Producer: Paul Mindy Illustrated by: Elodie Nouhen

Compiled by :

Chantal Grosléziat ,

Producer :

Paul Mindy ,

Illustrated by :

Elodie Nouhen


The Secret Mountain



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Hardcover , Picture book


Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (US) P - K
Oct 01, 2011
$22.95 CAD


203.2 x 209.55 x 10.16 mm | 0.77 lb

Page Count:

52 pages


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

Representing 11 languages originating from Central and West Africa and brought to life with lavish illustrations, this collection's rhymes and lullabies soothe babies to sleep as the songs travel from one country and one language to another. Lyrics are reproduced in the original language and translated into English, followed by notes on the origin and cultural context of each song. The accompanying CD features 29 songs from 10 countries—including Rwanda, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal—each one unique in language and sound, recorded with indigenous instruments and exquisitely performed by women, men, and children. This delightful, enchanting production captures the staccato rhythm of the children's rhymes and the poetry of the language as well as a sense of the heritage and tradition of each culture.



Chantal Grosléziat has devoted over three decades to researching how children are affected by music. As an educator and musician, her work includes authoring titles relating to this topic which include the award-winning CD collection, Contes et berceuses (Stories and Lullabies), and the series, Bébés chasseurs des sons (Babies Are Sound Hunters).

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.

Élodie Nouhen honed her creative talent at the Ecole Supérieure d’arts graphiques Penninghen in Paris. She has worked for many years as an illustrator having published over 30 children’s books in France.

"This fabulous book and CD presents 29 African lullabies and nursery rhymes collected by Chantal Grosléziat from a number of African countries. . . . This excellent production will be a boon to units or programs on Africa as well as multicultural studies." —School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW (February 1, 2012)

"A powerful 29-song CD of African lullabies and rhymes, in 11 native languages. Accompanied by a hardcover storybook illustrated with soothing, artsy images." —www.Scholastic.com

"This collection of lullabies and nursery rhymes from 10 countries was carefully chosen to broaden your little one's musical horizon's and lull her into a sound slumber filled with worldly dreams." —Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine (October 2012)

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