More Gold and Silver from Parents’ Choice!

Two new Secret Mountain releases have won Parents’ Choice Awards! Songs in the Shade of the Cashew Coconut Trees: Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes from West Africa and the Caribbean has received the Gold Award and Little Creatures: An Introduction to Classical Music picked up a Silver Award.

Songs in the Shade of the Cashew Coconut Trees

Songs in the Shade of the Cashew Coconut Trees is our new musical picture book that will be released October 1st, 2019! It includes a diverse musical selection from the African continent and Caribbean islands, all collected by Nathalie Soussana and arranged by Jean-Christophe Hoarau. Stories about children playing in the schoolyard at recess, sisters braiding each other’s hair at the beach, and parents dancing and singing late into the night are depicted with vibrant colour and energy through the brush strokes of artist Judith Gueyfier. 

This stunning musical storybook won the Parents’ Choice Gold Award in the Audio Book category! Parents’ Choice selected this collection for its “lushly colored, detailed illustrations” and its “well-produced tracks [that] are as varied as a waltzing lullaby (Ninância), a tender reminiscence of a grandmother’s stories (Gongon), both from Cape Verde; [and] a lively story song, Hormiguita retozona from Cuba about a little ant who learns that there is a time for play and a time for helping others.” 

There are many ways to enjoy this rich exploration of songs from countries in West Africa and the Caribbean, curated by Nathalie Soussana. 

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Little Creatures

Little Creatures: An Introduction to Classical Music won the Parents’ Choice Silver Award! An original and exciting way for younger listeners to discover awe-inspiring classical music, this book pairs Western music history with stunning and evocative illustrations of fascinating little creatures. Ana Gerhard, author of award-winning Secret Mountain classics like Amazing Water and Simply Fantastic, brings her incredible talent for music curation and explanation to this collection, our latest in a series of children’s books introducing classical music. 

This educational and fascinating musical picture book, filled with lively and colourful illustrations by Mauricio Gómez Morín, won the Silver Award in the Audio Book category! Parents’ Choice celebrates its “inventive illustrations” and “informative text.”

Polished, visually appealing, and educational, this picture book-CD combination features five centuries worth of classical composers who have found inspiration in all manner of creepy crawlers—fleas, flies, butterflies, bees, spiders, and more.

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