Songs from a Journey with a Parrot

Portuguese & Brazilian Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes

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Songs collected by Magdeleine Lerasle Musical arrangements Paul Mindy Illustrations Aurélia Fronty

A collection of lullabies and nursery rhymes from Brazil and Portugal that invites children on an authentic musical journey to explore the strong cultural ties that bind the two countries. Traditional songs about everyday life, work and play, courtship and love, travel from Porto to Rio and Lisbon to Bahia. The fifteen traditional songs blend samba, modinha, fandango and bossa nova, and are performed by an ensemble of women, men and children. This uplifting and enchanting production, featuring several indigenous acoustic instruments, captures the convergence of rich and diverse styles. 

Lyrics are presented in Portuguese and translated into English, followed by notes on the origin and cultural context of each song.

This set is an excellent addition to multicultural children’s music collections. SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Pub Date: 2023
Ages: 3 to 7 / Grades Pre-K to 3
Keywords: Musical Traditions / Maternity / Culture / Community

Magdeleine Lerasle is an early childhood educator and researcher specializing in teaching language to children in Paris, and is also the author of Songs in the Shade of the Olive Tree.

Paul Mindy is an award-winning musician who received the Georges Brassens Prize honouring his work in Brazilian music. He is an arranger, composer, singer and percussionist. He has worked alongside other musicians such as Carlo Rizzo, Baden Powell and Richard Galliano.

Aurélia Fronty is a graduate from the Duperré School of Graphic Arts in France. She has illustrated more than 40 books for children, including I Have the Right to Be a Child, which was nominated to the USBBY Outstanding International Book Honour List and Wangari Maathai, winner in the “Best Book” category at the Children’s Africana Book Awards.



Hardcover illustrated picture book (9.5” x 9.5”, 36 pages) with 15 songs (23 minutes) available via QR code.

ISBN 978‐2‐89836-047-3
$19.95 CAD / $16.95 USD


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