Songs in the Shade of the Olive Tree

Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes from the Maghreb

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Songs collected by Hafida Favret and Magdeleine Lerasle Musical arrangements Paul Mindy Illustrations Nathalie Novi

Presented in Arabic, Berber and French, this collection of lullabies and nursery rhymes from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia draws children into a musical journey across North Africa, from the Sahara Desert through the Atlas Mountains to the Mediterranean Sea. In 15 songs about everyday life, children learn of the importance of rain, the communal aspects of meals, and the consequences of inappropriate behaviour. This uplifting, enchanting collection features traditional songs performed by women, men and children, and recorded with indigenous acoustic instruments. Capturing the meeting of ancient and modern styles, it’s an absolute delight to musical ears. 

Lyrics are provided in Arabic and translated into English, followed by notes on each song’s origin and cultural context.

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

Hafida Favret is an Algerian-born singer and attorney who practices international law in France Magdeleine Lerasle is an early childhood educator and researcher specializing in teaching language to children. 

Magdeleine Lerasle is an early childhood educator and researcher specializing in teaching language to children in Paris, and is also the author of Songs from a Journey with a Parrot.

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.

Nathalie Novi is an Algerian-born illustrator who graduated from Pierre Courtin’s copperplate engraving workshop, and also studied at l’École nationale des Beaux Arts de Paris. She has illustrated more than 60 children’s books and received a special mention from the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair for the picture book Une cuisine tout en chocolat.



Hardcover illustrated picture book (9.5” x 9.5”, 36 pages) with 15 songs (17 minutes) available via QR code.

ISBN 978‐2‐89836-045-9
$19.95 CAD / $16.95 USD


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