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Story Christiane Duchesne and Jérôme Minière Illustrations Marianne Ferrer Narration Bruno Marcil Singers Bruno Marcil, Ariane Moffatt, Salomé Leclerc, Frannie Holder and Michel Rivard
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An imaginative musical tale, comprised of a narrated story interspersed with original and traditional French songs (62 minutes in all), follows four inseparable friends who loved to play together. The members of the Bébert gang, as they are known, never ever got bored with each other… except for the time when it rained for four straight weeks! That’s when they decided to repair an old boat and head for a sunny place atop the Blue Mountain. The journey to the faraway unknown destination wouldn’t be easy, but with a little help from newly made animal friends, the gang would finally make it to the summit, the best place in the whole world to have a picnic!
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 Governor General’s Literary Award and was a finalist for the Christian Andersen Award sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).
Jérôme Minière grew up in Orléans, France and settled in Montreal in 1995. As a singer-songwriter, he has released over a dozen albums, including Le vrai le faux (winner of the prestigious Belgian prize Le Prix Rapsat-Lelièvre) and Petit Cosmonaute (winner of a Felix Award, the equivalent of a Grammy in French-speaking Canada, for his songwriting). He has also created music for several theatrical productions, including La Fête de Boris, directed by Denis Marleau, which was part of the highly-respected Festival d’Avignon, held annually in the South of France.
Marianne Ferrer was born in Venezuela and immigrated to Canada in 1998. After attending Dawson College in Montreal, for illustration and design, she completed her education in graphic design at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She recently published The Invisible Garden and A Story about Cancer (With a Happy Ending).