- 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: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,433,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Patakin: World Tales of Drums and Drummers Hardcover – May, 1994
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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.