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.
Oh, that darn Frédéric—he’ll do anything to get out of learning how to play an instrument, much to the chagrin of his loving parents who named him after the great Chopin. One day however, the little fellow falls under the spell of his sister’s youth orchestra conductor and owns up to his name by spinning some magic and writing a fabulous song. Many of the songs on the accompanying CD are rooted in the style of a musical and feature tunes such as “Fou de vous, les dinosaures!” (Crazy for the Dinosaurs), “Un bouton sur le joli nez de Sara” (The Pimple of Lovely Sara's Nose), and “La cuillère enchantée” (The Enchanted Spoon).
Don Gillmor is the author of several children’s books and a recipient of the Mr. Christie's Book Award. Marie-Louise Gay is a children's book author and illustrator who has received such awards as the Vicky Metcalf Award, the Governor General’s Literature Award, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award. She lives in Montreal, Quebec. Michelle Campagne is a founding member of the folk-roots group Hart-Rouge, which has released more than 10 albums and won a SOCAN Award for one of the most played songs on French commercial radio in 1990. She lives in Drummondville, Quebec. Davy Gallant is a multi-instrumentalist and record producer who has worked with famed Canadian artists. He lives in Drummondville, Quebec.
“I fell under Frédéric Petitpin’s spell.” —Lurelu magazine
"The illustrations are gentle and fresh, adding considerably to the story. Bravo!" —Éducation Musicale
"Don Gillmor's sensitive storytelling along with Davy Gallant and Michelle Campagne's songwriting create a package that is everything but childish." —Kariboo magazine