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Dancing Drum (Native American Legends & Lore) Paperback – September 19, 1998


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  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Series: Native American Legends & Lore
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Troll Communications (September 19, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816723621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816723621
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tina Maloy on April 2, 2000
The Dancing Drum A Cherokee Legend is an excellent book to usein the classroom to teach Legends and Folktales. I particulary likethis book because it is written on a higher reading level than most of your typical legends. This book contains of of the elements characteristic of a legend. The main character is Dancing Drum, a little Indian boy who is trying to save his people from the wrath of the sun. The conclusion to this tale is a beautiful example of how many people can work to together to solve a problem. END
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 11, 2005
Each volume in the Native American Legend series has a saying from the people who provide the legend for each book on the frontispiece. The quotation for "Dancing Drum: A Cherokee Legend" is "They say this was the way it was...a long time ago..." But what makes this particular quotation different from the others in the series is that it appears first in the written language of the Cherokee and then translated into English.

Adapted by Terri Cohlene and illustrated by Charles Reasoner, "Dancing Drum" tells the story of how the Sun became jealous of her brother the Moon. For the Moon the people made music and danced, but the Sun was convinced The People did not love her and so she sent scorching heat onto the land each day when she arose. During this time of the angry sun a boy named Dancing Drum lived in a small Cherokee village, and he is sent by the Shaman to go to the little men in the wood the ask them why Grandmother Sun is burning the land The People. They tell Dancing Drum that he must kill the Sun before she destroys them all. So they give him snake rattles to tie onto his moccasins and Dancing Drum changes into a snake. The plan is for him to bite the Sun when she comes out of her daughter's house.

Now, even the youngest reader knows full well that the Sun is not going to get killed and what makes this legend so fascinating is that things go horribly wrong (twice even). Then Dancing Drum and The People must find a way to make everything right again. The tales that Cohlene chooses to retell are always more complex than you would expect them to be and for older readers trying to figure out just why each legend includes the elements it does is always interesting.
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By M. Geilmann on November 20, 2013
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The book was perfect for my cub scout. The words were not too hard and not only was there a legend but a history of the Cherokee people
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