W is for Wapiti! An Alphabet Songbook
Songs Christiane Duchesne, Paul Kunigis Performers Karen Young, Glen Bowser Illustrations Genevieve Côté
STORYBOOK Learning the alphabet is bound to be fun with these 24 simply worded songs that take children on a wild and amazing musical odyssey through the letters A to Z. Zany, hilarious characters—from a friendly ghost who delivers fruit—filled flans on a bicycle and a twisted turtle who feels a tad bare under her shell to John the Pigeon, a four-legged bird who loves to tap to the beat—come to life through expressive watercolor illustrations that highlight each catchy lyric.
MUSIC CD A fusion of rock, pop, world, and folk music performed exquisitely by seasoned singers and talented musicians who incorporate into the tunes a wide array of instruments, among them the xylophone, the glockenspiel, and the pedal steel guitar.
Ages: 3 to 7 / Release date: September 11, 2012
Christiane Duchesne is the author of more than 60 children’s books, including Kiss for Peter, The Loonies Arrive, and Memere et Ses Cinq Monstres. She is a two-time winner of the Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award and was a finalist for the Christian Andersen Award of the International Board on Books for Young People.
Paul Kunigis is a composer, a musician, and a record producer. He is the founder of the Juno award-winning world music group Jeszcze Raz.
Karen Young is a jazz singer who has performed at the Monterey Music Festival in San Francisco and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. She lives in Hudson, Canada.
Glen Bowser is a singer and an actor. He has performed in several musicals, including Gilbert and Sullivan on Broadway, and his band, Night Shift, has released two albums, GlenKaren and The Tenant. He lives in Rigaud, Canada.
Geneviève Côté is an illustrator and a past winner of the Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award. She has illustrated numerous children’s books including Little Monday, Noni Says No, and The Lady of Shalott. They all live in Montreal.
2013 Parents' Choice Award (CD with Book)
"The entire package is beautifully executed and will appeal to young and old alike."
—The Montreal Gazette
"I recommend this book to all parents of preschoolers and into younger elementary aged children!"
—Ottawa Valley Moms
"W is for Wapiti! An Alphabet Songbook is perfect for pre-reader and early-reader …"
"I love original, innovative books like this one; they really take the age-old concept of learning the letters of the alphabet to a fun new level…"
—Mommy Kat and Kids
"Fanciful, fun and at times even funny W is for Wapiti is an original musical delight, one not to be overlooked."
—Maple Leaf Mommy
"My kids loved the entire book as did I. Great for reading time and reinforcing letters and letter sounds too."
—WAHM Connect Reviews
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50-page, illustrated, hardcover book; "8 X 8" format with an appended music CD containing 24 recordings plus printable files of the illustrations, song lyrics and music charts.
Price: 22.95 $ CDN
24 recorded songs plus printable PDF file of the illustrations and song lyrics.
Price: 9.99 $ CDN