When I was growing up I listened to a lot of Raffi, and while he was pretty fun to laugh and dance with he didn’t exactly ooze culture, you know? Today with my own children I know I can do better. It’s really my goal to let them see, hear, taste and explore all life has to offer and that includes more than just our small-town-Canada.
Have you heard of The Secret Mountain? They are an award-winning publisher of kids books and CDs and hail from our very own Montreal, Quebec, offering hardcover children’s picture books with accompanying audio CDs, such as their newest release this week - Songs in the Shade of the Olive Tree.
Songs in the Shade of the Olive Tree is a book-CD combo that includes 30 songs performed in Arabic and Berber, with English translations.
STORYBOOK Told in Arabic and Berber, 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 30 story-songs about everyday life, children learn of the importance of rain, the communal aspects of meals, and the consequences of inappropriate behavior. Lyrics are reproduced in Arabic and translated into English, transcribed in the original script and in Roman characters, and followed by notes on the origin and cultural context of each song.
MUSIC CD The accompanying CD features traditional songs performed by a group of women, men, and children, and recorded with indigenous acoustic instruments. This uplifting, enchanting production captures the meeting of ancient and modern styles, making it an absolute delight to musical ears.
Geared toward ages 2-7 but will be loved by everyone! The music is upbeat and fun but not something my boys have ever heard before. It’s fun to dance around to or just to have on in the van when we are out running errands.
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