The Secret Mountain review and giveaway

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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I was an early reader. I have always enjoyed reading and have tried to teach my son that reading can be a lot of fun. I believe that reading by and with a parent is a big part of the formation of a person’s appreciation for reading and there’s no age to young to be exposed to books. It’s also a great way for parents and children to spend quality time together. Thanks to Team Mom I received samples of some new books published by The Secret Mountain.

From the website – “The Secret Mountain is dedicated to the creation of children’s books, videos and audio recordings of the highest quality. Our main focus is to produce and publish stories and music that encompass the talents of songwriters, storytellers, singers, illustrators and animation artists alike.”

The Secret Mountain books that we received were hardcover books filled with beautifully drawn and brightly colored illustrations. The books are all written by different authors, illustrated by different artists and have different music stylings and talent on the soundtracks. Books come with a music CD to compliment the story. We got to check out the titles “Down at the Sea Hotel”, “Dream Songs Night Songs From Belgium to Brazil” and “A Duck in New York City”.

“Down The Sea Hotel” is one of the newest releases. It songs are full of well known names like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Neil Young, Billy Joel, Carole King and Don Henley. A portion of the profits from the sale of this book are donated to the Breast Cancer Fund. I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book the most out of the three books.

“A Duck In Net York City” tells the tale of a small duck following his heart and making his way to New York City. I loved the songs for this one the most out of the three books. All of the songs are great but we really liked the Belly Button song and the Nose song. “A Duck In New York City” won the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, the Juno Award for Childrens Album of the Year and the National Parenting Publications Association Honors Award.

“Dream Songs Night Songs” is actually a series of three books, each containing a bedtime story and lullabies from around the world. The one we received was From Belgium To Brazil and contained 13 lullabies. I thought it was really neat that the words for the story I love how the words to the story and the words to the songs are shown in three languages – English, Spanish and French, making the book enjoyable for children from different backgrounds.

The Secret Mountain books are available in a set containing a hard cover book and CD or a Digipak containing the CD and a pdf which has the illustrations and lyrics. The Secret Mountain books are available for purchase online through the website as well as through select online retailers. The Digipak set retails for about $12.98 and the hard cover set retails for about $16.95.

I’ve got a copy of “Dream Songs Night Songs From Belgium To Brazil” to give to the winner of this giveaway. To enter visit The Secret Mountain website and take a look around. Then come back here and leave a comment on this post stating who you’d give this book to if you won and the name of one other book you think looks interesting. Contest ends Monday 12/01/08 at 11:59 pm est. US addresses only please. Only comments containing the requested information will be eligible. The winners will be selected using and they must contact me to confirm they wish to receive the prize within 72 hours of my email notifying them they’ve won. Good luck everyone!



judy brittle November 26, 2008 - 5:35 am

I would give this to my granddaughter. A Treasure In My Garden looks pretty good too. Thank you!

Dee November 26, 2008 - 10:37 am

These books look great! I like the A Treasure In My Garden book too!

Thanks for the chance!

Jill W November 26, 2008 - 11:17 am

A Poodle in Paris looks cute. It would be for my daughter-she’d love these, thanks!

Shelly November 26, 2008 - 1:44 pm

I would give this to my daughter. I also like “A Duck In New York City”

Baba November 26, 2008 - 2:38 pm

A Treasure In My Garden sounds wonderful! I would give it to my two grand-daughters. We would have such wonderful times with this!

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Kathleen November 27, 2008 - 8:41 am

A Poodle in Paris sounds cute too. If I won, I’d give this to my son who is 8 months old and hard to get to sleep.

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Becky (Nickels-n-Dimes) November 29, 2008 - 8:14 am

I think The Fabulous Song looks interesting. We don’t have to follow exactly as our family has always done to do a good job!

I’d give this book to my son. He loves books.

Thank you for sharing this intersting site (and give away!) with us.

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Allison November 29, 2008 - 12:35 pm

Dream Songs Night Songs from Mali to Louisiana looks very cute. This would go to my son.

Jayme November 29, 2008 - 3:20 pm

i would give this book to my niece and the other book that i think looks interesting is A Duck in New York City. thanks!

jenna November 29, 2008 - 4:43 pm

A Poodle in Paris sounds neat. I would give this to my niece for Christmas. Thanks!

valerie m November 29, 2008 - 9:23 pm

my niece would love this – also like Poodle in Paris 🙂

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Melanie B November 29, 2008 - 11:26 pm

I would give this book to my daughter. She is a book lover and she would love this. Another I’m interested in is A Treasure In My Garden.

Sarah November 30, 2008 - 1:07 pm

Down At The Sea Hotel is another I’d like….the list of song-writers on there are astounding!

If I win this prize, I would give it to my 3 year old niece!

Belinda P November 30, 2008 - 3:55 pm

My son would like this. I also like the Duck in New York City. Thanks for the chance!!!

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MJ November 30, 2008 - 7:39 pm

I teach kindergarten so I would share it with my 20 students this year and for years to come! I would also introduce secret Mountain to the other 5 kindergarten teachers by sharing it with them!
I would love to also have ?Down By the Sea Hotel”.

Marigold November 30, 2008 - 8:04 pm

I have a score of young nieces, nephews, and cousins who are just about to hit that pivotal reading age. Thank you so much for introducing me to this incredible site! I am definitely going to order a copy of “Down at the Sea Hotel”.

fantacy December 1, 2008 - 12:03 am

I would give the book to my 4 yr old daughter as a Christmas present 🙂 Our family shares a love of reading, music, and anything that gives us an “excuse” to spend time cuddled together on the couch! I know that my sons (ages 13 & 10) would love to read this to her also :). All of the other books looked interesting but I really liked the sound of “The Fabulous Song” book 🙂 Thank you so much for the chance to win!

Janelle December 1, 2008 - 12:48 am

“The Fabulous Song” looks like a lot of fun. My mucis lover preschool daughter would enjoy receiving “Dream Songs, Night Songs.”

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Brooke December 1, 2008 - 9:44 am

A Treasure in My Garden looks really nice. And I’d get these for my middle daughter.

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