The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #39187   Message #2715399
Posted By: MissouriMud
03-Sep-09 - 10:32 AM
Thread Name: Les Chansons de la France
Subject: RE: Les Chansons de la France - new site/link added
These bring back memories - my grandmother had two 19th century French children folk song books illustrated by Boutet de Monvel entitled Veilles Chansons et Rondes Pour Les Petits Enfants and Chansons de France Pour Les Petits Francais with many of these songs in them.   As children we poured over the books and learned many of the songs - but I have forgotten most. However, I have never forgotten the wonderful but sometimes very graphic illustrations - they gave me nightmares as a child: people being cut in half, people with countless arrows sticking out of them, etc. I had head that at least one of the books had been republished recently. They are a great source of non bawdy versions of French folk tunes and words if you can get your hands on a copy.