Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"W is for Wapiti" Review...

"The Secret Mountain brings the fun back to the alphabet by addressing the sound of each letter, from A to Z, through amusing and lively songs.
Each page of the colorfully illustrated songbook features a whimsical way to look at each letter, from “A is for Aha! Aha!” to “Z is for zoom through it because our song’s already through.” Pre-­‐readers and early readers alike will enjoy thinking about the letters and words.
The songs are simply worded for these emerging readers, but there’s plenty here to challenge those who want to learn more sophisticated words like “M is for my marmot and me” and “R is for rambunctious rascals making a racket.” The title song, “W is for Wapiti,” is accompanied by a picture of a humongous beast stalking a hunter through the forest. It’s quite a turnabout! The last song, “Let’s Sing It Again,” will ensure that early readers and careful listeners become ABC experts
"Mister Elephant" from W Is for Wapiti
"Mister Elephant," a song from  W Is for Wapiti, new from The Secret Mountain in September.
Genevieve Cote created the charming watercolor artwork for the 48-page picture book.
About the MUSIC CD
The songs were written by Christiane Duchesne and Paul Kunigis, with performances by Karen Young and Glen Bower, along with a children's chorus.
"Aha Aha!" from W Is for Wapiti.
The Secret Mountain creates children’s books, apps, videos and music of the highest quality. The French imprint ~ La Montagne Secrète ~ is hailed as one of the most original and innovative children’s publishing houses in Canada and France. The company recently made its United States debut with award-winning music, DVDs and books. Previous titles from this world lullaby storybook-music CD series include Songs from the Baobob Tree(2011) and Songs in the Shade of the Flamboyant Tree (June 2012). In October, the company will release another international storybook-with-CD featuring middle eastern children's music: Songs in the Shade of the Olive Tree: Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes from the Maghreb." 

What we thought:  What a fantastic book for little learners!  Both 6 year old A and 3 year old D LOVED this book/CD combo.  The pictures are colorfully illustrated with a poem/song for each letter of the alphabet.  These little stories are both funny and educational.  Our kiddos respond really well to learning through song and "W is for Wapiti" is a great way to introduce letters.  ABCD Diaries gives "W is for Wapiti" an A+! 

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Disclosure:  ABCD Diaries was given a copy of this book for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone. 

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