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The Secret Mountain

Tomorrow Is a Chance to Start Over
By (author): Hilary Grist
Hilary Grist


The Secret Mountain



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Hardcover , Picture book


Juvenile: Age (years) 0 - 3, Grade (US) P
Jun 01, 2015
$22.95 CAD


203.2 x 209.55 x 10.16 mm | 0.64 lb

Page Count:

48 pages


Includes Audio CD
The Secret Mountain
JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts / Music
Winner of:
2015 National Association of Parenting Publications, Gold Award
2015 Parents' Choice Recommended

2015 Canadian Folk Music Award, Best Children's Album

A fresh, original project that will appeal to young parents who are fans of musical artists Feist or Norah Jones

Ira and Isabelle, who live in a little red house by the sea, decide one night to escape the sound of the city’s beeping cars and sail off to a faraway land where they learn from a new friend—a robin with a soft voice—that dreams really can come true. The book contains an audio CD that features the narrated story as well as 10 original heartwarming dream songs, and an ethereal rendition of Johannes Brahms’ classic “Cradle Song.”


Indie musician and singer-songwriter, Hilary Grist has had her work featured on several television shows including Grimm and Being Human on NBC, Cedar Cove on Hallmark Channel, Degrassi on Much Music, The Next Generation on CTV and Endgame on CBC. Her illustrious career also includes an international tour covering parts of Asia and appearances at several Canadian music festivals. Her visual artistry skills are showcased with the use of clay formations, handmade sets and photography resulting in vivid and unique, three-dimensional characters.

"Beautifully produced, fully engaging, and thoroughly 'child friendly', Tomorrow Is a Chance to Start Over is impressively entertaining and highly recommended as an enduringly popular acquisition for family and community library collections." —James Cox, Children's Bookwatch

"Tomorrow is a Chance to Start Over, from The Secret Mountain, is a set of dream songs on a CD and a bedtime storybook by Hilary Grist. The story is about Ira and Isabelle, two clay character siblings living in a little red house by the sea, who decide one night to escape the sound of the city’s beeping cars, and sail off to a far-away island. On their journey, their newly made robin friend tells the duo that dreams really can come true. In addition to a narraration of the story, the CD offers nine heartwarming songs for the whole family to enjoy together, including 'Say Goodnight,' 'Fall in My Loving Arms,' and 'City of Green and Blue.' The soundtrack is followed by a rendition of Johanne Brahm’s classic 'Cradle Song.'" —toybook.com

"This adorable bedtime storybook comes with a CD of dream songs." —Parents Canada

"Tomorrow is a Chance to Start Over might be intended for children, but adults alike can find themselves relating to the charming concept and harmonious production that the album stands by." —Kristie Sparksman, beatroute.ca

"Here's hoping The Secret Mountain continues to bring new artists like Grist into their fold in future years. Definitely recommended." —Stefan, zooglobble.com

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