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Children's Fiction Music

Un dimanche à Kyoto

by (author) Gilles Vigneault

illustrated by Stephane Jorisch

The Secret Mountain
Initial publish date
Apr 2013
Music, Humorous Stories
Recommended Age
5 to 7
Recommended Grade
k to 2
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2013
    List Price

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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>The lush, color-washed line drawings in the book focus on the whimsical title-song “Comptine en mode zen” (Nursery Rhyme in Zen Mode) that tells the tale of an improbable group of musicians who come together to play their instruments in old Kyoto. The curious cast includes cane-wielding Joe from Cajun land, his kimono-clad Japanese wife, their Spanish friends, a little boy with a high-pitched voice, and a Buddhist monk. Sixteen additional songs on the accompanying CD introduce zany-crazy characters such as the old lady who snorts like a hog in “La mère à Maillard” (Maillard's Mother) and a rooster who serves eggs for breakfast in “Les quatre oeufs” (The Four Eggs).

About the authors


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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.


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Editorial Reviews

“We already know that several songs will be hits.”  —La Presse de Montréal

“A beautiful journey, a bit of poetry and humanity.”  —Le Monde

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