Songs in the Shade of the Cashew and Coconut Trees

Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes from West Africa and the Caribbean

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Songs collected by Nathalie Soussana Musical arrangements by Jean-Christophe Hoarau Illustrations by Judith Gueyfier

An enchanting collection of 23 traditional songs that pays homage to the rich cultural heritage and multilingual communities of West Africa and the Caribbean. 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 mesh together thanks to the music. A wide array of styles—nursery rhymes from Gabon, lullabies from Cape Verde, rumbas from the Congo, work songs from Jamaica—are all performed exquisitely by men, women, and children in more than a dozen languages. Luminous artwork and homegrown instruments, such as the djembe, the cavaquinho and the Peul flute, round off this wonderful celebration of history, language, and culture. Lyrics appear transcribed in their original language and translated to English followed by extensive notes describing the cultural background of each song and a world map.


Songs in the Shade of the Cashew and Coconut Trees will please everyone from small children to folklore scholars to world music enthusiasts – a gem of a book. MONTREAL REVIEW OF BOOKS

Readers will dance in their dreams. CHILDREN’S BOOKWATCH

MUSICAL PICTURE BOOK 978-2-924774-53-3
Pub Date: 2019
Ages: 3 to 7 / Grades Pre-K to 3
Keywords: Africa / Musical Traditions / Maternity / Community
Hardcover book (8” x 8”, 80 pages) with CD (45 minutes / 23 recordings) and unique digital code for MP3 download
$ 22.95 CND / $ 16.95 USD / 19.50 €

Nathalie Soussana wrote and produced the musicals À l’ombre de l’olivier, Romances de Paris, and Silence on tourne, all of which were presented on stage in Paris. She has also created such works as the Parents’ Choice Gold Award-winning book-CD Songs from the Garden of Eden—Jewish Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes.

Guitarist by training, Jean-Christophe Hoarau toured for several years with the Jeunesses Musicales de France. He’s worked with notable French musicians like Richard Galliano, Georges Moustaki, and Leny Esudero. He has also been awarded many times the prestigious Grand Prix Charles-Cros in France.

After studying design at the Duperré School and illustration at the Arts Déco School, Judith Gueyfier began creating children’s books. She has published with several well-established houses in France.


80-page illustrated hardcover book, 8″ X 8″ format, with an appended music CD containing 23 songs (45 minutes) and a download code to access MP4 files.

$ 22.95 Prix

  • USD: 16.91$
  • EUR: $15.81
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