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Children's Fiction Friendship

A Gift for Sophie

by (author) Gilles Vigneault

illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch

other primary creator Martha Wainwright

The Secret Mountain
Initial publish date
Oct 2013
Friendship, Music
Recommended Age
7 to 9
Recommended Grade
k to 2
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2013
    List Price
  • Downloadable audio file

    Publish Date
    Oct 2021
    List Price

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Winner of:Parents' Choice Recommended Award In this touching, poetic story set by the seaside, Old Man Tom teaches Sophie and Emilio the importance of seeing the world through their hearts. Presenting children with profound messages about friendship and gifts as well as old age and continuity, the book and accompanying CD offers a heartwarming perspective for the whole family. In addition to a production of the narrated story, the CD includes nine songs ranging from “A Friend That I Like” and “It's in the Nature of Things” to “I Have a Nest Full” and “The Old Man's House.”

About the authors

Gilles Vigneault est l’auteur de plus de 400 poèmes, de 40 livres et d’autant d’albums. Il est Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec et Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur en France, en plus d’avoir été intronisé au Panthéon des auteurs et compositeurs canadiens.

Gilles Vigneault's profile page

Stéphane Jorisch is one of Canada's most celebrated illustrators. He is a two-time winner of the Governor General's Award for Children’s Illustration for Jabberwocky and The Owl and The Pussycat. He grew up in Montréal, Quebec, where he now lives with his family.


Stéphane Jorisch's profile page

Martha Wainwright's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"David Francis effectively and expressively narrates this gem." —Terri Perper, School Library Journal

"A rare gift for lovers of timeless tales, well told." —Christian Science Monitor

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