Allons chanter ! (Let's sing!) Allons danser ! (Let's dance!) Apprenons le français ! (Let's learn French!) Get in the language-learning groove with this fun-filled collection of original tunes and beloved traditional favorites performed by internationally-acclaimed French artists Marie-Louise Desage and Didier Prossaird. From "Bonjour Les Amis" to "Au Revoir", kids and adults alike will love these irresistible rhythms and catchy songs that introduce French words and phrases such as numbers ("Un, Deux et Trois"), parts of the body ("La Tête, Les Épaules/Head, Shoulders") and children's favorite topics ("Quand Je Serai Grand/When I'm Big" and "Y'a Pas de Fête Sans Gâteau/It's Not a Party Without Cake.") A rollicking rendition of "Le Vieux MacDonald (Old MacDonald)" puts a French twist on a beloved classic. Take the music and fun along with this festive French learning CD.
First I have to totally apologize for not reviewing this the second I got it and fell in love with it... Rue (my 2 year old) somehow managed to get into my pile of "To Review" stuff and several items went missing... not the CD, but that's in the car and we all know about out of sight and out of mind... sigh.
Anyways, I love the CD. Since I'm first generation here in the grand ol' US of A, and my maman was from France, I try hard to keep the language and at least some of the traditions alive for my kids... even if they think I'm a little nutty for it.
We had the pleasure of getting to review the other CD and DVD in the French section and my kids loved- even thought my 6 year old was a little leery at first I totally caught him stopping to watch the little mouse and sing along. HA!
This CD travels a lot with us and I always try to bring it back in the house. In the car, it plays and the kids sing along as they do other things (clearly the words are getting through!) and I love hearing them in the seat behind me. It really makes me smile. When I bring it back in the house and crack up the tunes, my daughter is the first to start dancing to it.
Since the songs are familiar, it really makes it easy for them to catch the tunes and roll with it. You can totally hear them switch between the two languages without even pausing.
If you want a great way to teach your kids French (and I suspect their Spanish ones are just as amazing) then check out this CD and the parts offered! SO GOOD!
The exquisite vocals of Marie-Louise Desage recall the elegant traditions of the French Music Hall. A native of France, she has charmed audiences at international jazz festivals around the world from New York City and Montreal to Paris. In addition to being an accomplished singer, she is also a creative and engaging teacher.
Didier Prossaird's irresistible music is as unique as his background. The versatile bandleader, performer, and composer was born and raised in France, moved to Saint Barth's where he performed with several island bands, then relocated to Washington, D.C. where he created the acclaimed salsa band Sin Miedo. Didier performs regularly in the US, Caribbean, and Europe.