Some Creatures Have All the Luck! – May 2021
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Story Ana Gerhard Illustrations Marie Lafrance Musical Recordings I Musici de Montréal Narration Colm Feore
Travel through time following a charming little mouse called Minim, who happens to love cheese and music. With great courage, he braves a cold Venetian winter night to visit an orphanage. His mission is to replace the tooth fairy by leaving a little gift under the pillow of each child. Little does he know that this task is fraught with danger. A tomcat is lurking about in the building, always on the lookout for his next meal. Luckily, it’s also home to the great composer Antonio Vivaldi, whose music will prove irresistible!
In addition to an illustrated story and introductory notes on the composer, this album features recordings of the narrated story and the performances of the composition Concerto for Winter from The Four Seasons.
MUSICAL PICTURE BOOK 978-2-924774-84-7
Pub Date: 2021
Ages: 7 to 9 / Grades 2 to 5
Keywords: Classical music / history / mouse / orphan
Hardcover book (6.5” x 9.75”, 32 pages) with CD (12 minutes / 2 recordings) and unique digital download code
$ 22.95 CND / $ 16.95 USD / 19.50 €
Ana Gerhard studied as a concert pianist at the Mexican National Conservatory. She has taught piano for several years and has hosted numerous radio programs dedicated to the promotion of classical music. Her previous works on introducing classical music to children have all received a Parents’ Choice Award in the US.
Founded in 1983, I Musici de Montréal is a chamber orchestra of 15 musicians that performs a vast repertoire extending from baroque to contemporary. The ensemble has released more than 40 recordings and presents a busy schedule of over 100 concerts per season throughout the world.
During numerous seasons at the Stratford Festival, Colm Feore achieved fame as one of Canada’s premiere stage actors, playing virtually all of Shakespeare’s leading men. While continuing his work on stage, he also frequently acted on television and in film. He is especially well-known for his supporting roles in notable Hollywood productions “The Sum of All Fears”, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”, and “House of Cards.”
Marie Lafrance studied graphic arts and etching, worked as a printmaker and has since illustrated many books for children. Her work has been nominated three times for the Governor General’s Literary Award, and she recently won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award for A Hen for Izzy Pippik.
MUSICAL PICTURE BOOK
32-page illustrated hardcover book, 6.5” x 9.75”, format, with an appended music CD featuring the recordings of the narration and music (12 minutes) + a MP3 download code.
Illustrated book with recordings of the narration and music (for iPad and iPhone)
Price: $ 7.99 CND
DIGITAL MUSIC ALBUM
Recordings of the narration and music plus a printable PDF file of the illustrated story
Price: $ 4.99 CND