Songs in the Shade of the Flamboyant Tree
French-Creole Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes
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Songs collected by Chantal Grosléziat Musical arrangements Paul Mindy Illustrations Laurent Corvaisier
Imagine a daily island hubbub with warm breezes, salt water, music flowing through a marketplace of cinnamon, fresh roasted coffee, bananas and raw cocoa. 30 traditional French-Creole lullabies and nursery rhymes from Guadeloupe, Martinique, Haiti and Réunion pay homage to community, family ties, work, love and life’s passages. The melodies included on the accompanying CD celebrate history, language and culture with sounds of indigenous instruments alongside performances of women, men and children. Colourful illustrations of tropical animals, magical characters, people and places complete this title, giving fanciful transport to the listener. Also included are educational notes on the origin and cultural context of each song. Lyrics are printed in the original French-Creole dialects and translated into English.
• PARENTS’ CHOICE RECOMMENDED AWARD
• GELETT BURGESS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO CHILDREN’S MUSIC
A sense of joy radiates from both the book and the accompanying musical performances. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Pub Date: 2012
Ages: 4 to 7 / Grades Pre-K to 2
Keywords: French-Creole / Maternity / Caribbean / Musical Traditions
Chantal Grosléziat has devoted over three decades to researching how children are affected by music. As an educator and musician, her work includes the award-winning CD collection, Contes et berceuses (Stories and Lullabies), and the series, Bébés chasseurs des sons (Babies Are Sound Hunters).
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.
Laurent Corvaisier is a painter, illustrator and instructor at the École Nationals Supérieur des Arts Décoratifs in France. He has illustrated more than 100 children’s books which have been translated into several languages.