Songs from a Journey with a Parrot

Songs Magdeleine Lerasle Musical Arrangements Paul Mindy Illustrations Aurélia Fronty

BOOK A collection of lullabies and nursery rhymes from Brazil and Portugal that invites children on an authentic musical journey exploring the strong cultural ties that bind the two countries. Traditional songs about everyday life, work and play, courtship and love, travel from Porto to Rio, from Lisbon to Bahia. The lyrics are presented in Portuguese and translated into English, followed by notes on the origin and cultural context of each song.

MUSIC CD The accompanying CD features thirty traditional songs that blend samba, modinha, fandago and bossa nova, performed by a group of women, men and children. This uplifting, enchanting production, featuring several indigenous acoustic instruments, captures the meeting of rich and diverse styles.

Ages: 2 to 7 / Canadian and U.S. Pub Date: November 5, 2013


Magdeleine Lerasle is an early childhood educator and researcher specializing in teaching language to children, and an author of Songs in the Shade of the Olive Tree.


Aurélia Fronty is an illustrator and textile designer whose work includes I Have the Right to Be a Child; One City, Two Brothers; and Up and Down the Andes.


Paul Mindy is an award-winning musician who received the Georges Brassens Prize to honor 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.


You are listening to traditional Brazil, Portuguese song, “De abóbora faz melão” (From a Pumpkin Make Us a Melon) performed by Ophélie Dorn, Amélie Maillot, Cindy Ramos and Marine Rossignol.

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