Friday, October 23, 2015

Dreams Are Made for Children

“If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
If youre a pretender come sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
Come in! 
Come in!”

- Shel Silverstein


"Dreams are Made for Children"

Classic Jazz Lullabies by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday...

Book + CD

Ages: 0-3

Unwrapping some illustrations for you...

My review...

"Get jazzed little one.... with these assuasive lullabies you will snuggle down for a blissful, sweet, night's sleep!"   Now it is very easy for your child to drift off as she listens to this soothing CD of jazz classics.  

It features twelve popular standards from the golden age of jazz recorded by such legends as: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan and Chet Baker, just to name a few.  The music was selected by Misja Fitzgerald Michel, a Paris-based jazz musician, and noted children's illustrator llya Green created the colourful pages in the 36-page hardcover book.   The book includes the lyrics and brief explanatory notes with whimsical, dream-like illustrations that accompany each featured song.  

I loved the whole vibe of the package...the book dove-tailing perfectly and enhancing the lyrics of the songs.  The colour pallet is strong and beautifully executed.  It is always wonderful to connect our modern-day children with the best voices and music of yesteryear.  The songs you sew into your little ones now will last them a lifetime.  I highly recommend this storybook with CD, it is very classy indeed.

Unwrapping the Song Selection...


Sarah Vanghan


Debbie Reynolds,

Eddie Fisher


Ella Fitzgerald


Nat King Cole


Judy Garland




Chet Baker


Peggy Lee


Chris Conner


Billie Holiday


Frank Sinatra

The Secret Mountain offers a varied collection of storybooks and enhanced e-books with music.  They are a Montreal-based publisher and their efforts have won them awards from the National Parenting Publications of America.

Unwrapping the Producer...

Contemporary jazz guitarist, Misja Fitzgerald Michel's reputable career spans more than 2 decades. Born in 1973, his education begins at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris under the tutelage of Francois Jeanneau. Misja went on to hone his craft on the New York jazz circuit with fellow esteemed musicians such as Ravi Coltrane, Jim Hall, Billy Harper and Kenny Werner. A seasoned musician with diverse tastes in jazz, rock and baroque, Misja's debuted his first album in 1998 with Scott Colley and Tony Rabeson as featured performers. In 2012, he released a impassioned project titled Time of No Reply inspired by British folk musician, Nick Drake. Paris-based Misja has also made appearances at the Montreal International Jazz festival as well as festivals in Paris and Vienna.

Unwrapping the Illustrator...

Ilya Green's developed her keen interest for drawing while growing up in Ménerbes, Luberson in Southern France. After completing her fine arts education, she went on to release her first children's book in 2004 with Didier Jeunesse titled Histoire de l'oeuf. She has also worked with publisher L'Atelier du Poisson Soluble. Currently, Ilya is actively involved with Marseille-based Atelier Venture, a workshop that focuses on pulling together illustrators, artists and graphic designers. Ilya now resides in Montpellier, France.

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