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Songs in French for Children [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Vernay/Les Quatre Barbus, Lucienne VernayAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Special Product
  • ASIN: B00005CEP5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Le Petit Cordonnier
2. Sur le Pont d'Avignon
3. La Cane de Jeanne
4. L' Alouette
5. Dansons la Capucine
6. L' Abeille et le Papillon
7. De Quoi Qui Y'a
8. Prom'nons Nous Dans Les Bois
9. Le Petit Train
10. Arlequin Dans Sa Boutique
11. La Petite Marie
12. La Ferme de Zephirin
13. Mon Père Avait 500 Moutons
14. Picotin Musicien
15. Encore un Carreau d'Cassé
16. Panko l'Ourson
17. La Claire Fontaine
18. Le Grand Méchant Loup (Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?)
19. As-Tu Vu la Casquette?
20. La Fourmi

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207 of 215 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This album was to my Mother Goose years (early 50's) what The Beatles'"Sergeant Pepper" was to the sixties: a landmark. It was produced by Columbia Records for the US Market and used an unlikely quintet: Les Quatre Barbus, a group of four existentialist-type bearded lads who opened for the likes of Boris Vian and Juliette Greco in the heady days of the St-Germain-des-Pres chansonniers, and Lucienne Vernay, a soft-spoken, smoky-voiced chanteuse. The result was dynamite and the songs used were very eclectic. There is one song by surrealist cult-figure Robert Desnos (absurdist but childlike, music by Joseph Kosma) and one song by perennial bohemian Georges Brassens (absurdist and cynical, but it is about the death of a female duck so it does qualify as a children's song). There are two translated American songs (Three Little Pigs and Old MacDonald Had a Farm). All the other songs are a mixture of French folklore and contemporary writing. The only major children's masterpiece of the era that is missing from the collection is "Une chanson douce" by Henri Salvador, but that's another story and he is also represented on this collection... The interpretation is fresh, the songs being handled by Lucienne alone when they are sentimental, Lucienne and the boys when they are folkloric and the boys alone when they are rowdy. What makes this album such a success is the imagination displayed in the production, recording techniques and orchestrations. There is always something mysterious, unexpected or simply wonderful going on in the background to make the stories engaging and the songs are not only sung, they are acted with the greatest of skill. Read more ›
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105 of 108 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Songs in French for Children December 5, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Very charming. The singing is clear and the singers add cute sounds in the background (le petit train has train sounds in the song). My only negative comment is that no written lyrics came with the CD. I speak French well, but am not a native French speaker so have difficulty gleaning the words from the songs alone. My 3 year old daughter really likes the songs and keeps asking me for the words in English, and it is frustrating not to be able to provide them immediately. I'm sure I can figure them out with some work, though. If lyrics had been provided with the CD I would have given this CD 5 stars. The price was right too!
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Silly Songs for Tots May 30, 2006
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These songs are universally appealing to the 2 - 6 y.o. age group to whom I teach French. The arrangements are clear, sparkling, and very entertaining. The gregarious spirit of the album draws kids into repeating and singing along with little concern for content. As they become more interested and start asking questions, parents can find lyrics, and in some cases history, of these classic songs by entering titles into an international search engine.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic CD! January 7, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD to introduce my daughter to French. I am a French teacher but I find it unnatural to speak to her in French (I am not a native speaker, and never spoke it at home) so I needed a way to bring French into our everyday interaction. Believe it or not, but I started playing this CD to my daughter when she was only two months old. For a month straight, all we did was sing and dance to this CD, and now that she is six months old, she still loves it. Her face lights up when the first song (her favorite) starts to play. When I am changing her diaper or getting her dressed and she is fussing at the changing table, all I have to do is press play on the CD player in her room and she starts to laugh and coo. I highly recommend this CD, but you must find the words to all the songs online if you don't know them or can't decipher them because there are no lyrics with this CD. Definitely learn the words and sing along because the songs are great and babies love to hear you sing!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs likely to entertain anybody March 28, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The songs are sung by adult singers, not a children's choir, and the voices are beautiful. That's why I can use the CD for beginning learners of French in a college classroom.
The songs are not just sung, one after the other. They are also a little bit acted out, with the interjection of voices and animal sounds that can be funny, instead of embarassing, to young adults. The CD is not just kids singing children's songs. It has more surprises, is more playful, a bit funny, so that kids and adults can enjoy it.
Good selection of songs. Nothing primitive or basic about it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful November 2, 2005
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I am so glad I bought this and will buy it as gifts for others. The musical arrangements are lovely (to mother, young child, and baby) and Lucienne Vernay has such a beautiful, clean and simple voice. What a delight to listen to.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! February 12, 2007
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Our three boys (6y, 4y, and 2y) *love* this cd! We listen to it almost every day. The music is cheerful and gentle and the singers are pleasant to listen to.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish there were more like this for kids! May 27, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I thought the songs/tunes were very nice but couldn't understand most of the lyrics even though I took years of French in college and high school. My daughter (6) doesn't seem to care. Wish I could find more bilingual songs -- I highly recommend Global Village Kids Sing and Learn CD -- they have nursery rhymes in French and English. Since the words are familiar to my daughter, she can pick up the French meaning. Does anyone know of any more bilingual music like that?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... well enunciated songs for adults and children alike to enjoy.
Very well enunciated songs for adults and children alike to enjoy.
Published 3 days ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
We will use it in our French class.
Published 4 days ago by DWL
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
great songs
Published 5 days ago by mimi845
1.0 out of 5 stars It has nice songs but I preferred to make it more interactive ...
It has nice songs but I preferred to make it more interactive with kids by adding videos along with subtitles.
Published 8 days ago by jasmien
5.0 out of 5 stars We love this album.
I avoid purchasing music for my kids that I don’t want to hear myself. If the singers aren’t talented or witty, if the musicians are playing fake instruments, if the chorus of a... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Kasey Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars The Old Songs are the Best!
My son and his wife (this was a gift to their daughter who is 11 months) love this record because of the older songs recorded here. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Sarah Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for French starters
Wonderful, the kids will love it and learn some of the songs quickly.
Published 1 month ago by D. Cruz
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money for something better...
This CD is a real disappointment and reminds me that "you get what you pay for"... The music is not very good, some of the voices are very annoying and some songs are so... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charleston
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great CD
Published 1 month ago by Lou-an
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great songs. classic
Published 1 month ago by tk
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Absolutely awesome cd - it is professionally recorded and very clear. Also complete with translations. Read More
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