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"This fabulous book and CD presents 29 African lullabies and nursery rhymes collected by Chantal Grosléziat from a number of African countries. . . . This excellent production will be a boon to units or programs on Africa as well as multicultural studies." —School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW (February 1, 2012)


"A powerful 29-song CD of African lullabies and rhymes, in 11 native languages. Accompanied by a hardcover storybook illustrated with soothing, artsy images." —www.Scholastic.com


"This collection of lullabies and nursery rhymes from 10 countries was carefully chosen to broaden your little one's musical horizon's and lull her into a sound slumber filled with worldly dreams." —Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine (October 2012)

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Representing 11 languages originating from Central and West Africa and brought to life with lavish illustrations, this collection's rhymes and lullabies soothe babies to sleep as the songs travel from one country and one language to another. Lyrics are reproduced in the original language and translated into English, followed by notes on the origin and cultural context of each song. The accompanying CD features 29 songs from 10 countries?including Rwanda, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal?each one unique in language and sound, recorded with indigenous instruments and exquisitely performed by women, men, and children. This delightful, enchanting production captures the staccato rhythm of the children?s rhymes and the poetry of the language as well as a sense of the heritage and tradition of each culture.
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  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 52 pages
  • Publisher: The Secret Mountain; Har/Com Bl edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2923163796
  • ISBN-13: 978-2923163796
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #834,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I absolutely love the music that is found on the CD, the songs are a wonderful blend of life and tradition. The percussion is remarkable as you find yourself tapping your toes to some of the more catchier tunes.

I was more impressed with the CD than the storybook, I found some of the illustrations to be dark and there were a few times where I couldn't see the words upon the pages. To read the book as a story doesn't make much sense but when its shared with the CD, it allows a whole new plethora of emotions to ensue.

I would give Songs From The Baobab a four out of five stars. The songs are enriching and shared wonderfully with the listener and the break down of all the songs at the back of the book make for a wonderful addition, especially if you are unaware of the Lullabies and Rhymes of Africa.
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This book is a beautiful compilation of traditional Lullabies & Nursery Rhymes. The music is very moving and interesting, the lyrics astounding, but the best is the illustration. It is brilliant.
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Great Graphics and Beautiful Music!! My son loves it!! I plan to use it as a resource to make our homeschooling geography lessons!
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My son loves these songs! The book is nice because it has the words to the song, as well as the meaning/why the song is sung.
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