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Jungle Drums Hardcover – September 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810950448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810950443
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 10.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3–An oversized book with illustrations that add depth and humor to the text. Ngiri Mdogo (which means "Little Warthog" in Swahili) is teased by the bigger warthogs because of his small size, and because they are jealous of the Other Animals that live across the River and have beautiful spots, stripes, and plumes. When the wise old wildebeest gives the little warthog a set of magic bongo drums that will grant any wish, the angry Other Animals lose their striking markings, while the warthogs look fabulous in gorgeous spots, stripes, and colors. That night, Ngiri Mdogo plays the drums again. When the sun rises, the markings are on the wrong animals, and all of them are unhappy. Again, the little warthog plays the drums, and with the new day, everything is back to normal. The animals celebrate with a Grand Parade and when Ngiri Mdogo plays a solo, everyone is careful not to wish for anything. Base's lush, colorful illustrations capture the richness of jungle life. The appealing creatures are drawn accurately enough for identification, but their facial expressions and physical positions give them personality and humor. To add to the wonderment, Base has included several illustrations with hidden animals for readers to find. A note on Swahili pronunciation is included. This is a visual feast, even if bongo drums are not native to Africa.–Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
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PreS-Gr. 2. Ngiri Mdogo, the smallest warthog in Africa, turns the tables on both the larger warthogs and the other African animals when he plays music on magic drums. Base, the author of such books as Animalia (1986) and The Waterhole (2001), returns to the jungle and savannah, once again offering his hallmark art and witty text to engage both children and those who read to them. In this book, lushly detailed paintings of long-lashed warthogs, a blushing zebra, a bearded wildebeest, and other creatures invite kids to look closely and often. Children will have a great deal of fun figuring out whose parts belong to whom after Ngiri's drumming causes the animals' features to transfer from one critter to another. An afterword by Base will send everyone back through the pages yet again in search of the wise wildebeest that is hidden in every picture. Most of the time he's relatively easy to spot; occasionally however, kids will need patience and a keen eye to find him. Francisca Goldsmith
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More About the Author

Graeme Base is one of the world's leading creators of picture books. His alphabet book, Animalia, received international acclaim when it was first published in 1986 and has sold more than two million copies. Graeme lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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This has been my 2 year old son's favorite book for a few months.
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I am a student in Elementary Education and my mother-in-law (a teacher) gave me this book for Christmas.
J. Carlson
The great stories, and the fantastic illustrations...and this book is not exception.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JG on February 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my 5 year old and it is one of our favorites. The story is interesting and the pictures are fantastic. A great plus is the fun you and your children will have searching for the hidden wildebeast. They are always easy to find! Great for a gift as well!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By donny on September 15, 2004
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Being an artist and art teacher, Graeme Base books are some of my favorite. I purchase every book when it comes out. The great stories, and the fantastic illustrations...and this book is not exception. Some of his best illustrations, and a great story in the ugly duckling realm with a twist or two. Highly suggest for all ages!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KJ on August 25, 2007
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In a world where there are so many differences it is nice to find literature that can be used to help children learn to accept not only others but themselves. This is a great book to open discussions for children regarding the importance of appreciating and embracing the characteristics and attributes that we have all been given and celebrate our differences rather than fear them or belittle or bully others because of them. An added treasure in the book are trying to locate the hidden and evolving animals as the story evolves. A very gifted writer and artist!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deborah A. Capone on July 10, 2007
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Children's books have long been used to shape ideas and values for kids-remember the impact that Cinderella finding Prince Charming has had on millions of women all over the world?

Jungle Drums is another classic book that teaches kids that different is just different, not better or worse. Beautifully illustrated, the book draws readers into the Jungle where unbelievable things happen to the warthogs and their rivals.

The hero is little Ngiri, a warthog, who learns valuable lessons on friendship and self-esteem.

For more books that help kids celebrate "all kinds and not just 'our' kind" check out Families are Forever Dumplings are Delicious and Tooth Fairy Tales
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Carlson on April 12, 2008
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I am a student in Elementary Education and my mother-in-law (a teacher) gave me this book for Christmas. I was able to use it in a presentation, we did a story impression, and loved it. It was also a big hit with the rest of my classmates. Base's illustrations and story line are amazing in this book. I can't wait to purchase more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pete Ellison on May 21, 2007
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This is an awesome book. The graphic images are worth the price alone. This is a fun childrens story that kids will love to read again and again. The "find" the hidden graphic on each page is a nice little bonus. Like his other books Graeme Base does not disappoint. Your kids will love the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carl A. Marshall on January 14, 2007
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The person who received this book enjoyed it immensely and shared it with the children at her elementary school. They had a wonderful time searching through the beautiful illustrations for the hidden surprises.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Burton on November 16, 2006
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I have bought all of Graeme Base's books for our now 9 year old granddaughter. I have been recommending them to friends for their grandchildren and asked tonight which she liked best. She said "Jungle Book" and went into the reasons she liked it best. She had told me earlier that he is her favorite author. She read her first at 7 years and I have tried to keep her supplied. Though I don't think that "Discovery of Dragons"is for small children. The language is very sophisticated.
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