Bridges Across World: Multicultural Songfest
Sarah Barchas was a teacher and school librarian with the Tucson Unified School District for over 30 years, using song and storytelling as key sources to motivate learning. She was also a consultant singer/storyteller in Multicultural Awareness through Story and Song for three additional years. She is a singer/songwriter, rancher, and publisher. Sarah has founded High Haven Music, 'a little company with big dreams.' Her small independent publishing company has a commitment to bring joy to children and families through song and storytelling in sound recordings with accompanying books. Songs can create bridges and links across all ages and backgrounds, bringing people together in unique ways that can forever be part of our individuality and interweave with our life experiences. By sharing ideas, feelings, values and joy through song, we can connect with some of the best of what it means to be human. 'Bridges Across The World' is a great example. Rejoice in celebrating through song the vitality of diverse cultures throughout the world, and our common bonds of humanity. This vibrant, exciting collection of 30 original and traditional multicultural songs includes three major strands: traditional folk songs from different cultures; songs of understanding others, and songs delighting in sharing many languages. This is truly a multicultural, multilingual songfest for grades K through 6 and above, for schools, libraries, camps, and family enjoyment. The captivating 60-page book includes illustrated song lyrics, language appendix of 12 languages, and bibliographies. A 70-minute treasure-trove resource of song and joy to sing & read-along. Recommended: School Library Journal (March, 2000): 'An extremely user-friendly multicultural recording perfect for storytimes or classrooms.' Children's Jukebox, 2nd edition, Robert Reid, American Library Association, 2007: 'One of the best multicultural recordings ever produced for children. Get a glimpse of the world and different languages with songs such as 'Children of the World Say Hello' and 'Happy Birthday Around the World.'