Today I’m reviewing another lovely book and CD set from The Secret Mountain. I’ve mentioned this award winning Canadian publisher before, as I am totally in love with their high-quality hardcover children’s picture books and audio CDs..
W is for Wapiti is a storybook-music CD featuring twenty-four original kids songs, all based around the alphabet. The artwork for the book was created by award winning illustrator Geneviève Côté. The songs were written by Christiane Duchesne and Paul Kunigis, and include performances by Canadian jazz vocalist, Karen Young and stage actor-singer, Glen Bowser.
As you may have guessed from the title, W is for Wapiti is not your average ABC book. The book moves through the letters of the alphabet, with quirky and unique songs to accompany each letter. From A is for Aha-Aha, Did you do that? to Z is for Zoom through it again, you’re in for a wild ride.
The book itself is lovely. The watercolour illustrations are charming, and my kids enjoy sitting and having me read the picture book to them.
The accompanying CD is also a hit. We’ve been listening to it bunches, and the catchy and quirky tunes tend to get stuck in my head. I find myself singing Aha-aha, Did you do that? frequently. G-Girl’s favourite song is from the letter V, VIPs of the Earth. It’s a song about earthworms. Yeah, see what I’m saying? V is for… earthworms? It’s zany, and it totally works.
We till the soil, we give it air
It’s work that no one sees
We are the worms and we have flair
We are the earth’s VIPs
Fanciful, fun and at times even funny W is for Wapiti is an original musical delight, one not to be overlooked. The book is available for purchase directly from The Secret Mountain website for $22.95. Or you can purchase the digital download, which includes music from the CD as well as printable PDF files of the illustrations and song lyrics, for $12.50.