Thursday, October 3, 2019

"Songs in the Shade of the Cashew and Coconut Trees" - a book/musicwrap

Songs in the Shade of the Cashew and Coconut Trees


Authored by Nathalie Soussana
Music Arranged by Jean-Christophe Hoarau
Illustrated by Judith Gueyfier

* Age Range: 5-7
* Grade Level: K+
* Hardcover:  52 pages
* Publisher:  The Secret Mountain; None edition
* Pub. Date:  October 1, 2019
* Language:  English


"A chorus of drums, woodwinds, strings, creoles and indigenous languages will delight the ears at bedtime." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

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My Take

This captivating audio book harbours twenty - three delightful traditional songs from West Africa and the Caribbean.  What's even lovelier is that they are all performed by native singers and musicians in more than a dozen languages.   

The collection includes a variety of music featuring many styles and rhythms manufactured by voices, guitar and percussion instruments. The luminous artwork punctuates the musical theme and homegrown instruments make the history, language, and culture come alive. 

The author has recorded the lyrics in their original native language and also in English.  They are embellished by extensive notes regarding the culture, a world map so kids can trace their location, and a unique code for the songs digital download and a printable file of the book interior.   

The Secret Mountain is celebrating 19 years of publishing music-forward children's storybooks, with a full catalogue of English, French and Spanish books, e-books, and music distributed by Independent Publishers Group (IPG).  Visit  for the latest news.  I highly recommend this audio picture book! 

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

Meet the creators of "Songs in the Shade of the Cashew and Coconut Trees"

Nathalie Soussana has written several musicals and created the Parents’ Choice Gold Award-winning Songs from the Garden of Eden. Jean-Christophe Hoarau has worked with musicians like Richard Galliano and Georges Moustaki, and he's been awarded many times the Grand Prix Charles-Cros in France. Julie Gueyfier, a graduate of the DuperrΓ© School in Paris, has illustrated several picture books. 

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