Le géant de la forêt

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Story by Hélio Ziskind Songs by Hélio Ziskind and Bïa Illustrated by Pierre Pratt Performed by Bïa, Monica Freire, Thomas Hellman, Georges Moustaki, Paulo Ramos and Richard Séguin

A musical journey that tells the story of the Jequitiba, a giant and millennial tree in the heart of Brazil whose life has become seriously threatened. A singing superstar rooster and his friends—three chickens, a horse and a young boy—come to his rescue, recruiting an entire community to fight the vicious flames that rage throughout the forest. The songs accompanying the book, tinged with Brazilian rural acoustic sounds, punctuate this eco-themed story.

The illustrations are superb and the interpretations are tasteful and expressive. LA PRESSE

STORYBOOK – MUSIC CD 978-2-923163-36-9
Pub Date: 2007
Ages 2 to 7
Keywords: environment, animals, travel, friendship
Hardcover book (8”x 8”, 48 pages) with CD (50 minutes / 17 songs)
$ 22.95 CND / $ 16.95 USD / 19.50 €

Hélio Ziskind is an instrumentalist, composer and music producer, and was a member of the mythical Brazilian band Rumo in the 1970s and 1980s. Originally from Sao Paulo, he is especially know as a host of children’s programs on the public network TV Cultura. He is a four-time recipient of the Sharp Award in the “Best Children’s Album” category.

Bïa spent her teenage years in Brazil before moving to Paris where she recorded her first album in 1997 which was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix of the Charles-Cros Academy. Her album, Coeur Vagabond, produced in France and in Canada, received in 2006 the Prix Félix (French-Canadian equivalent of a Grammy) in the “Best World Music Album” category.

Pierre Pratt has illustrated over 50 books. He has won numerous awards, including the Governor General's Literary Award three times. Recently, he was awarded the prestigious Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award by IBBY Canada.


48 page illustrated hardcover book, 8″ X 8″ format, with an appended music CD containing 17 songs (50 minutes)

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17 songs plus printable PDF file of the illustrations and song lyrics
Price: $ 9.99 CND