Compiled by :Chantal Grosléziat ,
Producer :Paul Mindy ,
Illustrated by :Laurent Corvaisier
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 | 0.8 lb
Page Count:52 pages
Illustrations:Includes Audio CD
Through colorful tunes and splashy illustrations reminiscent of the vibrant flamboyant tree, this collection celebrates life’s passages and various island rituals in the tropical isles of Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, and Reunion. Lyrics are reproduced in the original French Creole dialects and translated into English, followed by notes on the origin and cultural context of each song. The accompanying CD features 30 traditional songs recorded with indigenous acoustic instruments and exquisitely performed by women, men, and children. This uplifting, enchanting production captures the joie de vivre evoked in the original repertoire, making it an absolute delight to musical ears.
• PARENTS’ CHOICE RECOMMENDED AWARD
• GELETT BURGESS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO CHILDREN’S MUSIC
"The great song selection, engaging performances, and rich song details make the Songs in the Shade of the Flamboyant Tree book/CD set a must-have in any open-minded home, library, and classroom." —Warren Truitt, about.com
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