- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Groundwood Books (October 16, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0888995318
- ISBN-13: 978-0888995315
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,465,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jamari's Drum Hardcover – October 16, 2004
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Kindergarten-Grade 4–Done primarily in earth tones, Diakité's characteristic paintings on glazed tiles bring the African village setting to life. Young Jamari lives at the base of a mountain, Chafua. He often sits in the village square, listening to Baba Mdogo play the great djembe. The man tells him that the drum is "the keeper of peace," warning of the dire consequences should he not play it. Years later, Baba selects Jamari as his successor, saying: "You must beat this drum for Chafua everyday.… The village depends on it." Not understanding the full scope of his responsibility, Jamari nonetheless accepts the instrument. Time passes, and new ways replace the old ones. Jamari marries and has children, and eventually stops playing the drum. Then Chafua erupts, and he suddenly remembers Baba's warning. He retrieves the djembe and begins beating it furiously. Miraculously, the lava flow reverses itself, and he never again forgets his duty. The beautifully executed, folk-style artwork swirls with bold lines and bright patterns, incorporating backgrounds that blend earth tones with the blues and purples of the sky. Although a glossary of Swahili words is appended, pronunciation guidelines are given only for "djembe," which is unfortunate because this book makes an excellent read-aloud. Pair it with other stories about drums and the messages that they can send, such as Romare Bearden's Li'l Dan, the Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story (S & S, 2003) and J. Alison James's The Drums of Noto Hanto (DK, 1999; o.p.).–Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Love the story, and the illustrations
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