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Korean Folk Songs Book & CD: Stars in the Sky and Dreams in Our Hearts

Robert Choi Samee Back Samee Back


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01 November 2014
Music: general interest (Children's&YA); Languages & ESL; Korean - Cultural Material; Korean - Children's Bilingual Books; Korean - Children's Texts; Korean - Songs; Korean - Languages
Age range 4 and up In Korean Folk Songs, music teacher Robert Choi shares 14 of Korea's bestloved classic favorites-with musical scores and lyrics in both Korean and English. Included in this collection are well-known children's songs such as Splashing Around and Mountain Rabbit that incorporate fun-to-do actions and gestures. Also traditional standards that have been passed down from generation to generation, such as Blue Birds and Arirang. Each song has a double-page spread containing Choi's arrangement of the musical score, the lyrics in Korean script and romanized form, with an English version of the lyrics. Historical and cultural notes are included and for the children's songs, Choi describes the accompanying actions. An audio CD contains recordings of all the songs, along with tracks that allow you to sing along by yourself. Every spread has beautiful full-color illustrations of traditional Korean scenes by the talented artist Sam Ee Back.
By:   Robert Choi, Samee Back
Illustrated by:   Samee Back
Imprint:   Tuttle
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 279mm,  Width: 216mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   510g
ISBN:   9780804844680
ISBN 10:   0804844682
Series:   Korean / English
Pages:   32
Publication Date:   01 November 2014
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Children / Juvenile
Language:   Korean
Format:   Mixed media product
Publisher's Status:   Active

From an early age, Robert Choi learned traditional Korean folk songs and was introduced to Korean culture through food, music, language, and martial arts. Previously a member of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, he currently serves as a full-time music educator. Illustrator SamEe Back lives in Seoul where she studies Visual Design at Duksung Women's University. Korean Folk Songs is her first work of published illustrations.

Reviews for Korean Folk Songs Book & CD: Stars in the Sky and Dreams in Our Hearts

This book-and-CD combination showcases 14 traditional Korean folk songs that are 'engraved in the hearts and minds of all Koreans.' With cultural notes that illustrate the significance of each song, the selections provide readers with details of Korean history, culture and language. A good book for a diverse world, especially for Korean-Americans who want to learn about their heritage or English speakers hoping to learn basic Korean language skills. -Kirkus Reviews 'Korean Folk Songs' is an inspirational traditional and nursery song collection, influenced by and interwoven with a rich but bitter, complex history of this beloved country. -Midwest Book Review ...a great selection of songs... -Growing Book by Book blog All of the songs are steeped in the Korean culture and are likely songs our children adopted from Korea heard during the months or years spent in their birth country. The illustrations by Samee Back are beautiful and represent the folksy, cultural aspect of the book well. [...] I would highly recommend the book for any family that is learning the Korean language (learning by song is sometimes the easiest way to learn), and especially for adoptive families with Korean-born kiddos. My 9-year-old enjoyed listening to the CD and looking at the illustrations. -The Korean Way In Korean Folk Songs: Stars in the Sky and Dreams in Our Hearts by Robert Choi there are all these songs that I like to listen to. These are songs that are in a different language, and I don't like it when mama sings in that language but you can sing it in our language too [...] I like to listen to the CD that came with this book and look at the pictures. I like these songs a lot. -Liesel, kid reviewer, San Diego Book Review For Korean American parents who grew up with these songs, discovering this title surely comes with a giggle of nostalgic delight. [...] For those without immigrant Korean grandparents to teach the first tunes, this provides just the right start, especially with the accompanying music and CD: read, hear, play, and soon enough you'll be singing (and hopping, clapping, wriggling) along. -Smithsonian Book Dragon This book offers unique insight into Korean culture with its collection of 14 songs with musical notations, melody and piano accompaniment. Short text explanations, illustrations and a CD recording help bring the songs to life. -Skipping Stones blog There's lots of fun to be had with this sing-along book and CD of traditional Korean folk songs. ... Youngsters will giggle as they mime throwing stones in the river, pretend to wash herbs in the water, or 'find a partner and tickle his or her hands!' [...] Realistic watercolor illustrations mirror the content of the songs. Here's a delightful, culturally affirmative, and worthwhile library addition. - Booklist

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