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The Life Of A Children's Troubadour

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Get to know the man whose music made him a friend to millions of children and their families -- Raffi, one of North America's most beloved and celebrated children's entertainers.
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Published November 1st 1998 by Homeland Publications
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Kevin Hoag
Sep 17, 2016 Kevin Hoag rated it liked it
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There was much to love about this book, as his music filled our home for many years. In the end just a bit too much of the day-to-day detail, but I certainly appreciated learning of his own growth over the years, and his unfailing hope for the children.
Sharon
Aug 20, 2011 Sharon rated it it was amazing
I'm a biased reviewer...I happen to love Raffi from my days of Early Childhood Education in my undergraduate studies. And now my daughter loves him too. So I was fascinated to read his life story. He gets a little preachy with his environmental stance, but I didn't mind it, because I like him. It actually opened my mind to varying perspectives and causes. He also ties in his life's journey with a lot of psychological learning and self-examination, so I loved that part too. He is very much into ...more
Polly
Nov 23, 2010 Polly rated it liked it
I love Raffi. I have since I was three. And obviously I had good taste, even then, because he's obviously a great guy (or a really good liar, but that's admirable in its way, too). I do so like nice people with pure hearts, and especially when they're Canadians with interesting lives.

Actually, one might get the impression that all I like reading about are nice people, from my recent autobiography reviews, but that's not true. I've read a lot of memoirs of losers and lice--nothing beats the popu
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Julie
Sep 01, 2013 Julie rated it liked it
Not particularly well written and not always particularly interesting, but nevertheless an enjoyable read on the life and thoughts of someone whose music I grew up listening to and have now rediscovered with my toddler. The parts I found most interesting were: his coming to terms with the success of his children's music at the expense of his own dream to be a folk songwriter; his commitment to children and education, and the efforts he took to keep his work out of the commercial world; the ...more
Magda
Dec 31, 2011 Magda rated it liked it
Very interesting to read the biography of someone I grew up enjoying, and now my son is enjoying. The earlier portions were fascinating, and the middle portion was new (and a little weird, with his leaving the Armenian church and going into yoga and other things like that), while the latter portion made me think in a way that I haven't since my father and I would talk about his spiritual heritage, what he wanted to leave behind.

I hope a little bit of this will make me a better parent.
H
Aug 05, 2015 H rated it liked it
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Long-time Raffi fan (beluga grad I believe I'm called?). This was a very interesting read. It got bogged down toward the end with Raffi's foray into environmentalism, the reader didn't necessarily need to know about each book he read that meant something to him, but I really enjoyed the childhood memories and the story about how he became Canada's foremost children's entertainer.
Lester
May 03, 2014 Lester rated it it was ok
The story started off interesting, and about halfway through the book I found it dragged on somewhat.
Raffi is one of my 'favourite' people..and has had an amazing life.
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