A Gift for Sophie
Story and songs Gilles Vigneault Illustrations Stéphane Jorisch Featuring performances by Martha Wainwright, Thomas Hellman, Paul Campagne, David Francis and Jessica Vigneault
Sophie and Emilio spend their days enjoying life’s small discoveries in a tiny seaside village with their best pet friend ‘Sir’ and a mischievous crow. Sophie’s regular visits and gift exchanges with her great-uncle leads to teachings about how value is determined by the intentions of the heart. The wisdom of Old Man Tom’s eloquent quote “It’s all in the nature of things”, sums up this poetic tale of friendship, inevitable change, values, mentorship, old age, overcoming loss, discovery and rites of passage. The narrated story on the CD is followed by an array of nine folk-infused melodies.
A rare gift for lovers of timeless tales. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
Pub Date: 2013
Ages: 7 to 9 / Grades 3 to 5
Keywords: Family / Friendship / Gifts / Coming of Age
As a member of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Gilles Vigneault is hailed as one of Canada’s most influential 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 of Natashquan, a remote, windswept village on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. He has received numerous distinctions including the Grand prix du disquiet de l’Académie Charles-Cros in France and the Médaille Vermeil offered by the City of Paris.
Stéphane Jorisch is a four-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, as well as winner of 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.