Book Description

This vibrant, engaging assortment offers children an entertaining introduction to the French language. From stories of friendship, family, discovery, and self-esteem to silly, snappy songs of one-of-a-kind barnyard animals, lullabies, and segments of classical music, children tune in to a variety of musical styles and multicultural experiences. The accompanying CDs provide children an opportunity to hear the pronunciation of the words and sing along as they learn the language.  An homage to the beloved creator of Clo-Clo the Clown, this anthology revisits his early days in television through children’s songs performed by contemporary young singers on the French and Canadian music scenes. The 14 songs in the storybook and CD give children a glimpse of animals they’ve surely never encountered before. Among them are Irma—the chicken who doesn’t lay eggs—in “À la ferme de Grand-père” (On Grandpa’s Farm), fleas that travel the world on every other animal’s back in “Le choeur des puces” (The Flea Choir), and chickens that are fed up with hatching eggs and go on strike in “Les poules” (The Chickens).

Author Biography

Author Biography

Claude Léveillée was a singer-songwriter, composer, actor, and author who achieved fame on a global stage. In addition to writing songs for artists such as Edith Piaf and performing around the world, he created the character Clo-Clo the Clown and musical scores for numerous television plays and shows. He was the first Québécois invited to perform on the Ed Sullivan Show. Manon Gauthier is a children’s book illustrator whose books include Ma maman du photomaton, for which she was a finalist of the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Awards, Croque, and Oupilaille et le vélo rouge. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.


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