Sugar Mountain recently released “Songs from a Journey with a Parrot”, a storybook and CD combo. This offering is the perfect selection to enhance and build a sense of curiosity about different cultures. This collection is quite the journey from start to finish and it’s sure to leave a listener as well as a reader with a feeling of curiosity and wonder!
The 30 tracks on the accompanying CD are all sung in the cultures authentic language, the book features the lyrics in both Portuguese and in English, which is quite welcome. There is also information on the origin and cultural context for each song which gives a very welcome deeper meaning and understanding of each included piece.
The musical styles range from fandago, bossa nova, samba and more performed by native speakers from Portugal and Brazil. Everything I found to blend together very nicely and it seemed to also be appreciated by my young children. Some of the songs we enjoyed are The Crazy Little Train, The Neighbors Hen, and From a Pumpkin Make Us a Melon.
The illustrations featured in the Storybook are very colorful and true to the culture. My kids enjoyed looking at the bright colored parrots, the neighbors hen, the fish in the sea, and of the crazy little train that goes choo choo. The lullabies and nursery rhymes talk about everyday life, love, work, play, and many more things that though different perhaps from our own culture we can often relate to in our own ways.
If you want to introduce a child or a classroom to other places in the world engaging in multi-cultural studies, I would recommend Songs from a Journey with a Parrot. The book along with music CD comes alive in such a fun way! I’ll know I’ll be using this combination in my home school lesson planning. Age recommendations are ages 2-8 years old.
Interested in Purchasing? This title is available as a hardcover book that is 72 pages long. The CD duration is 44 minutes long. Suggested retail price: $16.95 (US). Also available in Canada. You can find Songs from a Journey with a Parrot: Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes from Portugal and Brazil for $14.96 on Amazon.com as of this posting as well.
Disclosure: This post is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone before posting. I received the product mentioned above in exchange for posting and was not obligated to write a positive review.