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Children's Fiction Music

La Fabuleuse mélodie de Frédéric Petitpin

by (author) Don Gillmor

illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay

other primary creator Michelle Campagne & Davy Gallant

The Secret Mountain
Initial publish date
Apr 2013
Music, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2013
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k


P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal>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.P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal> P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal>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).

About the authors

Don Gillmor is the author of the Libris Award-winning Canada: A People's History as well as six books for children. He was a contributing editor to Saturday Night magazine and has won many awards for journalism. He is currently senior editor of Walrus magazine.

Don Gillmor's profile page

MARIE-LOUISE GAY has achieved international acclaim as an author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won many awards, including two Governor General’s awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Marie-Louise’s very popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. Her recent books include Any Questions? and Short Stories for Little Monsters. She lives in Montreal.

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Editorial Reviews

"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

“I fell under Frédéric Petitpin’s spell.”  —Lurelu magazine

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