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Li'l Dan, the Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story Hardcover – September 1, 2003
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With my granddaughter in Charlotte ( Beardon's birthplace) and listened while we turned the pages together.
LI'L DAN, THE DRUMMER BOY is not just a pleasant and educational children's book, but also an important addition to African-American literary history. The book is the only children's book written and illustrated by the renowned artist, Romare Bearden. The illustrations in the book reflect his trademark artistic style, and as a result, the book not only sheds light on the Civil War era but is an excellent introduction to an important African-American artist.
The book also includes an audio CD which features Maya Angelou reading the story aloud. While her performance is not breathtaking, it does allow children to either read along or follow along with the illustrations as she reads. Overall, this is a wonderfully packaged piece of children's literature.
Reviewed by Stacey Seay
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers