French Playground CD - Putumayo offer a musical rendez-vous of fun French and French Creole songs that will delight all ages. Don't be fooled by the name - high school students love these songs!!! French Playground reflects the rich variety of Francophone music. It features 12 songs by artists from France, the Caribbean, Africa and Quebec. Bilingual families and children learning French or English will enjoy the fact that the complete lyrics for each song are printed in both languages. As with all Putumayo CDs, French Playground features full-color liner notes with artist and cultural information. The CD is a great resource for language and social studies teachers.
The artists on French Playground include some of the most popular children's performers in their respective countries, along with successful pop artists such as Pascal Parisot, Thomas Fersen, Tryo and Ariane Moffat whose songs were selected for their all-ages appeal. Musical styles range from French chanson and Gypsy jazz to the twoubadou music of Haiti and the rootsbending style of Triton, who is from Mauritius, an island off the east coast of Africa.
Gallic joie de vivre is expressed in each of the tunes, from the opening songs invitation to "tickle the sun" with a ladybug (Chatouiller le Ciel avec Toi), to songs that celebrate the beauty of the South of France (Clic-Clac Oh C'est Beau!). Some of the tracks provide tasty little slices of French life, including 'Bonjour, Bonjour,' which tells of a little bus's journey past boulangeries and other neighborhood spots. Children will also enjoy a young mans memories of staying with his grandparents (Petit Francais).
Other family-friendly CDs and multicultural activity kits are included in the multi-award winning Putumayo Kids collection. Putumayo Kids CDs are regularly selected for "Best of the Year" lists by national parenting magazines and organizations. Since the 1999 release of World Playground, Putumayo Kids has built a strong following among kids, parents and educators. The company's multicultural educational programs have reached more than 300,000 students and teachers.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this CD will be donated to Terre des Hommes in support of their efforts to provide active support to disadvantaged children around the world.
The songs and artists are:
Alain Schneider • Chatouiller le Ciel Avec Toi
Don Pedro et ses Dromadaires • Lutece
Pascal Parisot • Wonderful
Dominique Dimey • Clic-Clac Oh C'est Beau!
L'Autobus à Vapeur • Bonjour, Bonjour
Tryo • Monsieur Bibendum
Triton • L'île Maurice
Ariane Moffatt • Le Matin en Patins
Polo • Petit Français
Lole-Lolay • Sensation (Bidi Bom Bom)
Thomas Fersen • Croque
Bénabar & Associés • La P'tite Monnaie