Review and giveaway: e-books from The Secret Mountain

May 1, 2013

UPDATE: The three e-book winners are Sara F., Theresa W., and  Sally G. Thanks to all who entered!

The Secret Mountain is a publisher of high-quality books, e-books, and apps for children in French and English, and they’ve just released a few new titles. We recently were able to review these three books for our iPad:

A Duck in New York City: This 2011 Parents’ Choice Award winner stems from the popular short story of a heroic duck who dreams of dancing his ducky dance on New York’s Broadway stage. Available as an app and storybook-CD, this title makes an excellent bedtime story with engaging music for kids. Written by Connie Kaldor and illustrated by Fil & Julie.

Sunday in Kyoto: A School Library Journal 2012 top 10 app! Meet old man Joe, a Cajun musician living in old Kyoto with his wife. They spend their Sundays entertaining off-beat friends, creating music and sipping tea! This unforgettable fictional story was penned by Canadian Hall of Famer, Gilles Vigneault with illustrations by Stéphane Jorisch.

Dream Songs Night Songs from Mali to Louisiana: The three-unit Dream Songs Night Songs series also includes Dream Songs Night Songs from Belgium to Brazil and Dream Songs Night Songs from China to Senegal. This series is a multi-lingual collection of nursery songs and lullabies performed by artists such as Biä, Hart-Rouge, Paul Kunigis, Penny Lang, and more! All three titles were written by Patrick Lacoursière with illustrations by Sylvie Bourbonnière.

My girls loved all three titles, but I think our favorite was Dream Songs Night Songs from Mali to Louisiana. We travel to New Orleans each year on vacation, and my girls are very fond of anything that has to do with Louisiana. I was very impressed by the quality of the artwork in each title, and we all enjoyed listening to the songs at the end of each book! These books are easily downloadable to your iPad through the iTunes store, and retail for $7.99. Here’s a full listing of The Secret Mountain’s current titles for iBooks.

We were also able to review an electronic copy of Listen to the Birds: An Introduction to Classical Music, which will be released in the U.S. on May 15. Here’s information on this book and CD:

Throughout history birds have caught the imagination of composers and inspired their creativity. This selection of works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, and others introduces children to classical music through the discovery of the melodious similarities between notes produced by instruments such as the flute, the organ, and the harpsichord and the birds’ songs. In addition to lovely illustrations, the 64-page book features a glossary of musical terms, a short biography of each composer, and a brief description of each bird evoked or mentioned in the composition. The accompanying CD offers excerpts of 20 different recordings — ranging from The Goldfinch, Hens and Roosters, and The Dance of the Swans to The Cuckoo and the Nightingale, Piano Concerto N, and Dance of the Firebird — performed by world-class luminaries including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Toronto Chamber Orchestra. Originally published in Mexico, this English language edition is available in North America for the first time in May.

I was extremely impressed with this book, and my girls loved listening to the songs while doing other activities. This book is recommended for ages 7-9, and I felt my girls (ages 4 & 6) were still a little young for it. I adapted it for them by reading a little bit about each bird and then playing the corresponding song., but it’s something we will enjoy reading and using in its entirety when they are older. I think this would make a lovely addition to a study of classical music.

Would you like to win your own e-book from The Secret Mountain? The Secret Mountain has given me three free download codes, one for each of the following titles: Dream Songs Night Songs from Mali to Louisiana, Sunday in Kyoto, and A Duck in New York City! I will choose three winners who will each receive one free e-book. You must have an iTunes account and a a compatible device to redeem and read these books.

Here’s how to enter to win:

Required Entry:

To enter to win, just leave a comment below letting me know which one of the three books (above) you would choose if you win. That’s it! (If you’re reading this on Facebook/Twitter hop on over to thriftychristy.com to leave your comment.)

Additional Optional Entries:

You can do each of the following things for an additional entry in the giveaway. You can only do each of these once, for a possible total of 5 entries.

Please leave a separate comment for each method of entry. If you only leave one comment then you only have one entry, as each comment is numbered and I randomly choose a number. Make sense?

This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Wednesday May 8. I will choose a winner on Thursday May 9 using random.org and will contact them via email. I only have one copy of each e-book to give away, so winners may not receive their first choice; books will be given to winners in the order they are selected. Download codes expire May 15, so winners must redeem them by that date.

Thanks to The Secret Mountain for providing the e-books for this review and giveaway. All opinions in this review are solely my own.

Codes expires on MAY 15, 2013 and are redeemable only on the iTunes Store for United States. Requires an iTunes account, subject to prior acceptance of license and usage terms. To open an account you must be above the age of 13 and in United States. The eBook is viewable only on an iOS device with compatible software. Compatible software and hardware, and internet access (fees may apply) required. Not for resale. Full terms apply; see www.apple.com/legal/itunes/ww/. For more information, see www.apple.com/support/. These eBooks are provided to you by THE SECRET MOUNTAIN.

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27 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Emi Pearce  |  May 1, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Sunday in Kyoto

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  • 2. sara ferguson  |  May 1, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    A duck in New York City 🙂

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  • 3. sara ferguson  |  May 1, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    i like thrifty christy on fb

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  • 4. sara ferguson  |  May 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    i like the secret mountain on fb

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  • 5. Sally G  |  May 3, 2013 at 4:19 am

    Liked you on fb

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  • 6. Sally G  |  May 3, 2013 at 4:20 am

    following you on Twitter – @liliumhigh

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  • 7. Sally G  |  May 3, 2013 at 4:21 am

    Dream Songs Night Songs from Mali to Louisiana – sounds like a great book although Sunday in Kyoto sounds good too.

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  • 8. Sally G  |  May 3, 2013 at 4:22 am

    I like Secret Mountain on FB

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  • 9. Sally G  |  May 3, 2013 at 4:24 am

    I like Secret Mountain on Twitter: @liliumhigh

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  • 10. Katherine H  |  May 7, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Dream Songs Night Songs from Mali to Louisiana:

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  • 11. Audrey Griffis  |  May 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    a duck in new york sounds great thanks for the chance

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  • 12. Audrey Griffis  |  May 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    i like thrifty christy on fb Audrey Griffis

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  • 13. Audrey Griffis  |  May 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    new fan of secret mountain on facebook Audrey Griffis

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  • 14. Theresa Wheeler  |  May 8, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I would choose Dream Songs Night Songs from Mali to Louisiana.

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  • 15. Theresa Wheeler  |  May 8, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I like Thrifty Christy on Facebook

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  • 16. Theresa Wheeler  |  May 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I like The Secret Mountain on Facebook

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  • 17. Theresa Wheeler  |  May 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Following Thrifty Christy on Twitter

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  • 18. Theresa Wheeler  |  May 8, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Following The Secret Mountain on Twitter

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  • 19. alisa  |  May 8, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Dream Songs Night Songs from Mali to Louisiana sounds the best!

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  • 20. cindy jones  |  May 8, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    dream songs night songs from Maui to Louisiana sounds delightful

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  • 21. cindy jones  |  May 8, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    i like thrifty christy on facebook

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  • 22. cindy jones  |  May 8, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    i like the secret mountain on facebook

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    i follow thrifty christy on twitter

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  • 25. Cassie  |  May 8, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I think we would like the dream songs one (Cassie M Dow) CASSIEMDOWATGMAILDOTCOM

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  • 26. Cassie  |  May 8, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Liked TC on FB (Cassie M Dow) CASSIEMDOWATGMAILDOTCOM

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    Liked SM on FB (Cassie M Dow) CASSIEMDOWATGMAILDOTCOM

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