Compiled by :Chantal Grosléziat ,
Producer :Paul Mindy ,
Illustrated by :Elodie Nouhen
Imprint:The Secret Mountain
Form detail:Picture book
Audience:Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (US) P - K
Dimensions:203.2 x 209.55 x 10.16 mm | 0.77 lb
Page Count:52 pages
Illustrations:Includes Audio CD
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.
• CHILDREN’S AFRICANA BOOK AWARDS (NOTABLE BOOK)
• PARENTS’ CHOICE RECOMMENDED AWARD
• SHE KNOWS PARENTING AWARD
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.