- 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: 7.7 x 0.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,232,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dancing Drum (Native American Legends & Lore) Paperback – September 19, 1998
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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.Read more ›
I loved reading this legend as I never had heard it before. The words are lovingly weaved together to tell the legend as it might have been handed down word of mouth. I loved how the young man made up for each deed or misdeed he did and eventually used his drum in thanksgiving. A beautiful testament to the people and the sky.
The pictures in the book are bold and beautiful. However, this book is certainly to be read by an older child as there are complex sentences. The pictures only enhance the words.
In addition to the legend, the author included in the back of the book about the Cherokee people including tragic circumstances and overcoming. Those pages even talk about the Cherokee of today, what they do and how they live. I think this is also a beautiful testament.
I would be amiss if I gave this book anything but a 5 star. Well, done!
Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book for my own collections. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ with yours. ~Naila Moon