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Patakin: World Tales of Drums and Drummers Hardcover – May, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Hardcover: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holth & Co (J); 1st edition (May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805030050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805030051
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5 Up-Jaffe has assembled an impressive group of 10 folktales from around the world, each involving a drum. A classic Korean story of a youngest brother seeking his fortune; an eerie Inuit legend of Skeleton Woman, who learns the lessons of love; a scary Irish tale of dancing ghosts; and the Jewish Biblical story of Miriam are included. For each selection, extensive background material, historical notes, and musical notation, as well as a detailed description of the ethnic drum central to the story, are provided. This is an exciting and useful book for both novice and experienced storytellers or drummers. One cannot read these pages without wanting to tap out a rhythm, the very heart of the story. The multicultural approach to these tales will appeal to students and teachers while the drum theme unites all people in the most basic cultural activity of any society-telling tales. A fine collection of stories to read and tell.
Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Ten folktales from parts of the globe as widely separated as the Arctic and Fiji. Drums and the magical or inspirational powers attributed to them play a role in each of the stories (e.g., Miriam, the sister of Moses, plays a drum and sings to encourage the panic-stricken Israelites at the crossing of the Red Sea; in a tale from County Clare, a drummer's irresistible rhythms keep the menacing denizens of a haunted house hopping until dawn and their exertions render them harmless). Each story is prefaced by a description of the drums used and the role of drumming in that culture. Examples of typical drum rhythms are shown in musical notation. Jaffe's background as a storyteller is apparent in the simplicity and verve of her retellings, and her experiences as a student of African and Latin drumming styles inform her perceptive, enthusiastic commentary. A very unusual and valuable resource, combining good stories with careful ethnomusicological research. Illus. not seen; ideally, they would include pictures of the drums mentioned. Miscellaneous explanatory notes (including a classification of drums); glossary; extensive bibliography and discography, including addresses of sources; meticulous source notes for each story. (Nonfiction. 10+) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. moreno on March 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
I was dissapointed in this book. As a world music specialist and storyteller, I was expecting a more in depth and more user friendly resource. The stories were not well told and they seemed very dry. The music was of no help since nothing related to the story. In other words, while there was some discussion of the musical practices, nothing was written to use WITH the story. the instrumentation was not as clear. It would have been nice to have specific songs from the cultures represented that were a part of the story. The CD was also of no use since there was too much talk and no musical examples to support the stories.
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