A Gift for Sophie

Story and Songs Gilles Vigneault Performers Martha Wainwright, Thomas Hellman, Jessica Vigneault and Paul Campagne Illustrations Stéphane Jorisch

BOOK A poetic story by Gilles Vigneault about friendship and old age that takes place in a seaside setting and depicts a sense of continuity, the importance of remembering and the happiness a gift can bring. Nine songs accompany the narration of this touching story about two friends, Sophie and Emilio, and the Old Man Tom who teaches them how to see the world through their hearts.

MUSIC CD In addition to the narrated story, the CD offers nine heartwarming songs for the whole family.

Ages: 5 to 7 / Canadian and U.S. Pub Date: October 1, 2013

Author-Song Writer

Gilles Vigneault, a member of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, is hailed as one of Canada’s most important music figures of the 20th century, especially as a champion Québécois folksinger. His work often evokes his great love of nature and the passion he has for his hometown - Natashquan, a remote, wind-swept village on the banks of the St. Lawrence. He has received numerous distinctions including the "Grand prix du disque de l'Académie Charles-Cros" in France and the "Médaille Vermeil" offered by the City of Paris.

A Gift for Sophie features guest artists such as Martha Wainwright, Thomas Hellman, Paul Campagne and Jessica Vigneault.


Stéphane Jorisch is a four-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Ruth-Schwartz Children’s Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award. He has also created set designs for Le Cirque du Soleil.

Press Quotes

 “…a rare gift for lovers of timeless tales…”
Christian Science Monitor

A Gift for Sophie is a wonderful book for young children (ages 5 to 7), which has messages of friendship, discovery and family.
SheKnows Canada

"An extraordinary story and music that can be enjoyed together by the entire family... clearly one of our favorites."
Simply Stacie Blog

"This is a new favorite in my house. The girls love listening to the story on CD, I adore the music and illustrations, and we all love the heartwarming story."
Barista Kids Blog

“This book is a wonderful read for kids of most ages, and I think it’s important that kids know the value of each other and believing in themselves.”
Yee Whittle Things Blog

“A fabulous tale of friendship and time.”
Tales of a Ranting Ginger Blog

“The music is light and sweet, like the illustrations, and has a French vibe which just adds to the charm.”
Cherry Blossoms Blog

“A Gift for Sophie is an experience in sight and sound.”
A Mom's Take Blog

The story itself is very sweet and the music is sophisticated enough to engage adults and playful enough to engage the kids–a family win-win.”
Mr. Dad Seal of Approval




You are listening to featured song, “The Suitcase Waltz” performed by Martha Wainwright, Thomas Hellman and Jessica Vigneault.

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