Sunday in Kyoto

Overview

The title track "Sunday in Kyoto" tells the story of a Cajun musician who lives with his Japanese partner in Kyoto, enjoying Sunday afternoon jam sessions with friends from far away places. The other songs on the album introduce Joe's mother who snorts like a hog, little Miss Adèle who calls herself "Hello," and a rooster who serves eggs for breakfast. It's zany-crazy and kids will love it!

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Overview

The title track "Sunday in Kyoto" tells the story of a Cajun musician who lives with his Japanese partner in Kyoto, enjoying Sunday afternoon jam sessions with friends from far away places. The other songs on the album introduce Joe's mother who snorts like a hog, little Miss Adèle who calls herself "Hello," and a rooster who serves eggs for breakfast. It's zany-crazy and kids will love it!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
The text of Sunday in Kyoto consists of the rhymed words of a song. It tells of a Cajun banjo player who lives with his Japanese wife in Kyoto, Japan. He plays "a mean banjo;" she plays a koto. Friends come by and play guitar, bouzouki, and harp. They give a concert, "oh so zen," to an audience including both statues of Buddha and Buddhist monks. At midnight a mouse appears, to smiles and applause. The tale is a strange one, sounding quite reasonable when sung, as it is along with thirteen others on an included CD. The other songs are performed by a variety of voices and instruments. They cover subjects from lullabies and ABCs to eggs, kites, skates and skis, and are both jolly and serious. The book introduces in both words and illustrations many items of Japanese culture that may inspire further research. Jorisch's ink line drawings and watercolors are both lively and humorous, while being naturalistic enough to be informative. Double-page scenes depict the instruments, traditional Japanese hairstyles and kimonos, and the monks in costume. Distracting, however, are the translucent rectangles used to hold the text that are superimposed on parts of the illustrations. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9782923163567
  • Publisher: The Secret Mountain
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 2 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Gilles Vigneault is a member of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and hailed as one of Canada's most important music figures of the 20th century. He has received numerous distinctions including the Grand Prix du Disque in France and the Médaille Vermeil offered by the City of Paris. Stéphane Jorisch is a four-time winner of the Governor General's Literary Award, the Ruth-Schwartz Children's Book Award, and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award. He has also created set designs for Le Cirque du Soleil. They both live in Montreal, Quebec.

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