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.