Saturday, September 29, 2012

Welcome in Fall with a Good Book -- W Is for Wapiti! (Review and Giveaway)

New Release for September 2012
The Secret Mountain Makes Learning the Alphabet More Fun with a new songbook and CD 

W Is for Wapiti
An Alphabet Songbook

Colorfully illustrated hardbound story book includes a CD featuring 25 original whimsical, language-building songs

Hardcover with CD, 48 pages. CD duration: 50 minutes.
Full color illustrations, song translations.
Recommended ages: 3 to 7.
Suggested retail price: $16.95 (US) 

The Secret Mountain brings the fun back to the alphabet by addressing the sound of each letter, from A to Z, through amusing and lively songs. Each page of the colorfully illustrated songbook features a whimsical way to look at each letter, from “A is for Aha! Aha!” to “Z is for zoom through it because our song’s already through.” Pre-­‐readers and early readers alike will enjoy thinking about the letters and words.

The songs are simply worded for these emerging readers, but there’s plenty here to challenge those who want to learn more sophisticated words like “M is for my marmot and me” and “R is for rambunctious rascals making a racket.” The title song, “W is for Wapiti,” is accompanied by a picture of a humongous beast stalking a hunter through the forest. It’s quite a turnabout! The last song, “Let’s Sing It Again,” will ensure that early readers and careful listeners become ABC experts

"Mister Elephant," a song from  W Is for Wapiti, new from The Secret Mountain in September.

Genevieve Cote created the charming watercolor artwork for the 48-page picture book.

About the MUSIC CD
The songs were written by Christiane Duchesne and Paul Kunigis, with performances by Karen Young and Glen Bower, along with a children's chorus.

"Aha Aha!" from W Is for Wapiti.


My Thoughts:

I couldn't wait to receive this review copy as Savannah has been working on learning the alphabet, and I thought this new storybook and CD would make learning the alphabet fun. Even though I have a handful of other alphabet books, this one really engaged Savannah and kept her entertained.  Not only did she enjoy when I read the storybook to her, but the music from the CD made her get up and dance.  Who knew that learning the alphabet would be this much fun.  

If you are looking for a standard alphabet book, where "A" stands for apple and "B' stands for bat, then this book is not for you.  Instead, if you are looking a fun and unique way to teach children their ABC's, this book is worth checking out. Even though Savannah didn't know what many of the words were, we had a blast sounding out the letters and looking at the bright and colorful illustrations.  I can't wait until Savannah and Arabella get older and will enjoy the unique pairing of objects with letters in this book from The Secret Mountain.  But, for now, we will enjoy the storybook illustrations and the catchy tunes. :-)

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W is for Wapiti! An Alphabet Songbook :: $16.95 list price (CD included) is currently available from for only$13.22


One lucky reader will win a copy of W is for Wapiti! (storybook and CD) thanks to The Secret Mountain.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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About The Secret Mountain creates children’s books, apps, videos and music of the highest quality. The French imprint ~ La Montagne Secrète ~ is hailed as one of the most original and innovative children’s publishing houses in Canada and France. The company recently made its United States debut with award-winning music, DVDs and books. Previous titles from this world lullaby storybook-music CD series include Songs from the Baobob Tree (2011) and Songs in the Shade of the Flamboyant Tree (June 2012). In October, the company will release another international storybook-with-CD featuring middle eastern children's music: Songs in the Shade of the Olive Tree: Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes from the Maghreb. For more information,

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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