“Hurray for Michael Mitchell whose third volume of CANADA IS FOR KIDS is now out. Once again Mitchell has come up with another fine collection of traditional and original songs. Highly recommended.”
– CM Magazine (published by the Manitoba Library Association)
This latest CD was awarded a Starred Selection (a product of Exceptional Calibre) by theCanadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) and was also nominated for an Independent Music Award (Indie).
As in the past, these are a combination of original and traditional tunes, including two French ones. There are many more original pieces this time around, written as a result of suggestions people have made over the years for subject themes. Listen to a couple of song excerpts on the ‘Listen to Songs’ page.
“Thank you” to everyone who provided suggestions for songs. We couldn’t put everyone’s ideas into this CD, but I’m sure there’ll be other recordings down the road where some of those ideas might be included. Visit our online shopping cart page to order your copies of these and other products.
Deemed by the CANADIAN CHILDREN’S BOOK CENTRE (CCBC) to be a title of “Exceptional Calibre”
Song selections include: COME TO CANADA – Canada is a land of immigrants. It’s a unique characteristic that we all share. BIG WET RODENT DAY – A tribute to our most revered rodent and national symbol. THE KETTLE VALLEY LINE – Riding the rails on this historic railway. LES RAFTSMEN – This lively song was a favorite of the French-Canadian woodsmen in the nineteenth century. DONKEY RIDING – A favourite song in many schools that Michael rewrote to make it truly Canadian. WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL – Living in Canada, you never get bored with the weather, so why not dedicate a song to our ever changing seasons? LET ‘EM RUN (THE BALLAD OF THE YUKON QUEST) – Held every February, this is the Olympics of sled dog racing and the ultimate test of these magnificent teams. THE ALBERTA NEWFOUNDLANDER – For a while the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta was nicknamed ‘Fort McNewfie’ because so many Newfoundland and Labradorians moved there to take advantage of the great pay you could make in the oil patch. RATATAT-TAT – Nature is a wonderful teacher, but it can play tricks on your senses! FIELDS OF ROCK AND SNOW – A beautiful, poignant song about the life of some early immigrant farmers in North Ontario. AH! SI MON MOINE VOULAIT DANSER – Try keeping up with this French-Canadian favourite. I LIKE WALKING IN THE WOODS – Woods are a great place to escape to and let both your feet and imagination wander. TELL US A STORY OR TWO – Some unique Canadian limericks.