In the early 1600s Father Jean de Brébeuf came to Canada from his native France as a Jesuit missionary. He settled among the Huron, or Ouendat, people in what is now Midland, Ontario. Despite his missionary zeal, Brébeuf was sensitive to the people with whom he lived. He learned their language and he wrote, in Huron, the original version of this famous Christmas carol. He and his fellow priests, called Black Robes, and many of their Huron parishioners were killed in an Iroquois raid in 1649. But Brébeuf’s carol continued to be sung by successive generations of Hurons. Then in 1926, Toronto writer Jesse Edgar Middleton, inspired by Brébeuf, wrote his own version of the carol in English. His are the familiar words we sing today, describing the Huron landscape, flora and fauna in telling the Christmas story
In this twist on the classic song “The Wheels on the Bus,” the wheels on the tuk tuk go round and round all over the city in India.
In “Cada Nino / Every Child, “acclaimed singer/songwriter Tish Hinojosa presents eleven bilingual songs especially for children. Some are playful toe-tappers like “The Barnyard Dance / El Baile Vegetal” where all the peas and greens and cabbage and beans shimmy in the pale moonlight; some are ballads, telling stories about the Mexican Revolution; while some are lullabies, sweet and dreamy, or celebrations of a grandmother’s love. But all of the songs will teach children about the rich mixture of Latino and American culture and tradition that is spreading out from the border across the United States. Every song is presented in both Spanish and English. Lyrics, music and guitar chords will help kids, parents and teachers to sing and play these wonderful songs themselves. Tish Hinojosa grew up in San Antonio in a house full of music. Moving with equal grace through folk, country, pop and Hispanic idioms, Tish’s music is known for dissolving the boundaries between cultures, languages and musical genres. Her CD “Cado Nino /Every Child “garnered a Parent’s Choice Gold Award and an award from the National Association of Parenting Publications. Hinojosa’s music has been widely praised in the national press and she has appeared on “Austin City Limits, Good Morning America, ” and at the White House for former President and Mrs. Clinton. Tish lives in Austin, Texas. Lucia Angela Perez illustrated her first book, “Little Gold Star/ Estrellita de Oro, “with her mother, Gloria Osuna Perez. The book and the poignant story of this mother and daughter was featured on National Public Radio. “Little Gold Star “was chosen by Nick Jr. Magazine as one of the 30 best books of the year 2000. “Cada Nino / Every Child “is Lucia Angela Perez’ second book. Lucia lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
A poem set to pictures of the Australian countryside.
“Down on the farm of Poor Old Joe, the hens won’t lay and the crops won’t grow.” With the help of his instrument playing friends, Farmer Joe soon has the hens clucking, the pigs hoofing, and the cows mooing to a hillbilly music show. And now, “…down on the farm of Clever Old Joe, the hens all lay and the crops all grow.”