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The Drum: A Folktale from India (Welcome to Story Cove) [Paperback]

Tom Wrenn , Rob Cleveland
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • Publisher: August House Publishers (20 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874838029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874838022
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20.1 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fun story! 29 July 2011
By Linda B
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I bought this book to support a project on India with my nursery class. The children loved the story and illustrations. It was a fun story to share.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Drum 22 May 2011
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This is a simple little story from India - perfect for Early Years and Key Stage 1 (up to age 7).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
By Teddy
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Lovely illustrations and a great story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for ethnic stories 16 Feb 2014
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Lovely story with a simple meaning. Great book for anyone needing stories from other countries. We have read it many times already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Little Story... 14 Jun 2008
By Arcturus70 - Published on
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The Drum: A Folktale from India is an excellent little story that teaches love, respect, compassion, hope, charity, and good citizenship. A poor boy has only one wish: to have his own drum. However, his mother cannot afford the instrument. The sweet child understands though, and unlike today's often spoiled, demanding children, he doesn't whine or beg or throw a tantrum. He bravely accepts his family's situation. His mother is very sad though because she isn't able to purchase her son's one true wish at the market where she sells her grain to get more necessities for her family. On the way home, however, she meets a strange little fellow who gives her a piece of wood that, according to him, may have a bit of magic in it. Believing her son might find some use for the wood, the woman takes it and gives it to her son with the story about the stranger. The child takes the stick and goes out to play --thus begins a grand adventure which ultimately leads to the thoughtful boy receiving his fondest wish, proving that good deeds and selflessness are a kind of magic all their own.

The book's warm, colorful illustrations are nice, and StoryCove's companion website adds interests to the tale by providing movies, games, coloring pages, and actual lessons plans that teach comprehension of story concepts as well as ideas for cultural exploration. Homeschooling parents may find the website useful.

I've purchased several StoryCove products, and I find them to be very good quality for their target audience, children.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story, but illustrations do not evoke India 27 May 2011
By Lakshmi Nair - Published on
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I bought this story for my kids. As we are Indian, I try to get them as many stories as I can find that reflect our heritage. This story was lovely with a beautiful message of selflessness and grace. However, I felt a little disappointed by the illustrations. They feel like they were drawn by someone who knows nothing at all about India and did no research. The clothing and the people did not accurately reflect Indian culture at all.... the little boy is wearing a beanie (which I think is supposed to look like a turban), the mother is wearing a t-shirt and an overcoat, the old woman is wearing a fedora, the woman with the baby is wearing a tall fez and a shirt and pants, the washerman's wife is just wearing a long shift. The colors were so drab, even in the wedding party! Drab colors at a wedding is just about the direct opposite of Indian! The wedding party was an odd, eclectic mix of people. The bridegroom's father was wearing a huge turtleneck sweater (not really something you'd want to wear in India!) I will say that it looked as if they took an Indian story and made it universal by giving it a general, non culturally specific multi-cultural feel, which is ok, but for kids who have no exposure to India at all, the illustrations in this book would be misleading....they have this kind of old orientalist stereotyped feel to them. But still, the story is so sweet, it still deserves 4 stars.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Drum Can Teach Us All! 12 Feb 2011
By K. Nash - Published on
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Just purchased this book as an effort to introduce our children to folktales from other cultures.

This book is a great story with a lesson on humility and sharing. The boy helps others to get his dream toy: a drum (which his poor mother could not afford to give to him). You follow his journey along to see his example of sharing with others in need just like him.

Overall, I would recommend this book to all of my friends since its an interesting read for the kids AND teaches them that sharing pays off.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great story, but ... 3 Feb 2013
By Kismet - Published on
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An insightful, beautiful tale, but the graphics really don't capture the essence of Indian culture. Perhaps the author should just re-subtitle it as just "A Folktale."
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story 11 Jun 2014
By fashionista15 - Published on
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I really enjoy reading this book to my son. The moral of the story is great, and I think it is just the right length to keep a preschooler's attention. The graphics are nice as well. We are definitely going to check out other titles by this author.
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