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Title:
The little drummer boy
Author:
Rodanas, Kristina.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Clarion Books, 2001.
Physical Description:
29 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
An illustrated version of the Christmas carol about the procession to Bethlehem and a poor boy's offer to play his drum for the Christ Child.
General Note:
Originally published: The little drummer boy / Katherine Davis. New York : Macmillan, 1968.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.4 0.5 10478.
ISBN:
9780395970157
Format :
Book

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Summary

For many who grew up with "The Little Drummer Boy," this classic story of the encounter between a poor boy and the baby Jesus embodies the true spirit of Christmas. Now, to enchant a new generation, Kristina Rodanas has illustrated the beloved song. Her rich paintings cast an exotic, magical glow over the familiar words, bringing a unique vision to this timeless celebration of the joy of giving. The complete words and music appear on the last page so that readers can sing along.


Author Notes

Kristina Rodanas has illustrated several picture books, including The Story of Blue Elk by Gerald Hausman and her own retelling of The Dragonfly's Tale, both for Clarion. She lives in Orleans, Massachusetts.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. This handsome picture book revisits the timeless holiday song about the poor drummer boy who learns that the most valuable gifts are those given from the heart. Rich, textured images spring from the pages, their radiant gold and red earth tones balanced by warm blue and green hues. Rodanas evokes the boy's gentle persona through soft colors and the simple line work of the child's drum, and then uses bold colors for the kings' robes and strong textile patterns in Mary's garments. The contrast effectively reinforces the musical rhythm and movement of the text. The lovely closing spread, showing the manger in Bethlehem adorned by a brightly shining star, makes for a memorable ending. The sheet music and lyrics are at the end of the book. --Cynthia Turnquest


Publisher's Weekly Review

Carolers can also sing along with The Little Drummer Boy, illus. by Kristina Rodanas. The artist's majestic desert landscapes offer dramatic contrast to the intimacy of the modest stable. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-When commercialism threatens to overtake the season, this song reminds readers that a gift from the heart brings great joy to both the giver and the receiver. Rodanas's colored-pencil and watercolor illustrations depict a young boy in a tattered robe carrying a doumbek, representative of drums in the Middle East. The single line of text per page coupled with the richly hued double-page illustrations make this story ideal for sharing. The musical score and lyrics to all three verses appear on the last page. Even libraries that have Ezra Jack Keats's version (Viking, 2000) may want this one for its fresh interpretation of Bethlehem, the humble stable, and the range of emotion expressed in the boy's face and demeanor.-G. C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.