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For millions of fans, Raffi’s music was the soundtrack of their childhood. These “beluga grads” now share his songs with their own kids. Raffi has been described by the Washington Post and the Toronto Star as the most popular children’s entertainer in the western world, and Canada’s all time children’s champion. Raffi is a tech enthusiast, entrepreneur, and ecology advocate. He holds three honorary degrees, is the recipient of numerous awards, and is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Club of Budapest.
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This remarkable anthology outlines the unprecedented threats to life at this defining moment in history, and offers a novel and systemic remedy for societal transformation based on honouring our youngest and “most valuable players.” Contributors from across many disciplines include renowned child development author Penelope Leach, Nobel Prize nominee Lloyd Axworthy, celebrated cultural historian Riane Eisler, bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver, and ecological economist Ron Colman.
Child Honouring is a corrective lens that, once we look through it, allows us to question everything from the way we measure economic progress to our stewardship of the planet; from our physical treatment of children to the corporate impact on their minds and bodies; from rampant consumerism to factory schooling. It offers a proactive developmental approach to creating sustainable societies.
As a creed that crosses all faiths and cultures, Child Honouring is a unifying idea: a central organizing principle for a culture of peace. This book will inspire thought—and provoke action—by all who read it.
From his birth into an Armenian family of artistic renown, Raffi's captivating tale moves through his early years in Egypt and on to his life as a superstar performer on the premier concert stages of Canada and he United States. Candidly and with sensitivity, Raffi recounts his childhood in Cairo, the family's move to Canada, his adolescence and search for identity, his musical achievements, challenges and setbacks, and the inner journeys of a fascinating life.
In over three decades of performing, writing and recording for children, Raffi has shown uncommon integrity and stayed true to his mission: to honour and respect the child as a whole person. Now in this book, with reason, passion and considerable humour, he offers compelling insights into the nature of the child and the universal benefits of nurturing that precious spirit.
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