Drummer Hoff

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Ed Emberley won the 1968 Caldecott Medal for his bold illustrations for Barbara Emberley's jaunty adaptation of the cumulative folk song about seven soldiers who build a magnificent cannon and Drummer Hoff, who fires it off.

A cumulative folk song in which seven soldiers build a magnificent cannon, but Drummer Hoff fires it off.

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Overview

Ed Emberley won the 1968 Caldecott Medal for his bold illustrations for Barbara Emberley's jaunty adaptation of the cumulative folk song about seven soldiers who build a magnificent cannon and Drummer Hoff, who fires it off.

A cumulative folk song in which seven soldiers build a magnificent cannon, but Drummer Hoff fires it off.

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"The spark comes from the...wildly colored woodcuts always under control until the grand and glorious blastoff."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671662493
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 9/28/1972
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 134,905
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara and Ed Emberley¹s collaborations include the Caldecott Honor Book One Wide River to Cross. Ed's books have also been honored on the New York Times¹s annual Best Illustrated Books List. The Emberleys live in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Barbara and Ed Emberley¹s collaborations include the Caldecott Honor Book One Wide River to Cross. Ed's books have also been honored on the New York Times¹s annual Best Illustrated Books List. The Emberleys live in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Barbara and Ed Emberley¹s collaborations include the Caldecott Honor Book One Wide River to Cross. Ed's books have also been honored on the New York Times¹s annual Best Illustrated Books List. The Emberleys live in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

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  • Posted May 20, 2012

    Drummer Hoff won the 1968 Caldecott Award for it's beautifully i

    Drummer Hoff won the 1968 Caldecott Award for it's beautifully illustrated rendition of a cumulative folk song. These brightly colored pictures add a sort of psychedelic feel to the book. Drummer Hoff is a story of seven soldiers, each bringing an important part in order to build a cannon. The book has a repetition to it, and as every new soldier is introduced it adds on the the previous sentence. This picture book has a nice flow to it and it's structure encourages the listeners to join in since they know what to expect. At the end of this rhyming book when the cannon finally goes off you see an amazing explosion of color. The red, pink and blue swirls conclude this story with a fun and happy ending. I could picture myself reading this to my students.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    The Drummer Hoff is a wonderful illustrated picture book by Ed a

    The Drummer Hoff is a wonderful illustrated picture book by Ed and Barbara Emberley. They did such an amazing job when they created this children's book. The illustration alone was magnificent. The bright, bold colors are what made the book seem very realistic. Before I knew that is was a cumulative folk song, I had a feeling if it wasn't, it should have been; because it had a sort of rhythm to it as I read it. This would be a great book for teachers to read or have their students read because it can show them how to help others to accomplish a common goal. Each of the soldiers did their part in helping build the cannon that Drummer Hoff fired off.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    KAHBAHBLOOM!

    As an early childhood educator, mother and grandmother, I highly recommend this book. It is language rich with repetitions that encourage a child to join in the verse. I first discovered this book with my first-born son. He is now 32 years old. He was thrilled when I gave this book to his son. I think he enjoys it as much as my grandson does!

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  • Posted February 26, 2010

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    Great Childrens Book

    This was always a favorite book for my young boys. Great ryhming and repeating of phrases. They had it memorized so well you would think they could read. I am now passing this one on to a great nephew.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

    Childhood Favorite

    It was my husbands 1st Father's Day this year so along with a few other things my son and I went and picked this up for his daddy. It was one of his favorite books when he was little so I thought what a better way for them to share bonding time together than reading together. Our son's face just lights right up when daddy reads to him and he loves to point at all the colorful pictures and babble to us all about them. Love this book! ENJOY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2007

    Review

    Ed and Barbara Emberly live in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Ed was born in Malden, Massachusetts, attended the Rhode Island School of Design and received his B.F.A. from the Massachusetts School of Art. He owns and operates a small printing press on which he prints the woodcuts and most of the type used in his books. Among his manyh books are Yankee Doodle and One Wide river To Cross. Drummer Hoff received the Caldecott Medal in 1968. Drummer Hoff is a book about how a cannon is built, and the individual people who bring the individual parts for the cannon. Major Scott brought the shot, Captain Bammer brought the rammer, Sergeant Chowder brought the powder, but in the end Drummer Hoff fired it off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

    Drummer Hoff

    This book has a great use of rhyme. For instance, 'Sergeant Chowder brought the powder'. Every page in the book has rhyme like this. Through th whole book, your reminded that 'Drummer Hoff fired it off' but it never tells you why or how. I think this book is very simple and that it could use a little more detail but it's a good book to teach about rhyming with. Emberly, Barbara. Drummer Hoff. Simon and Schuster Books, 1967

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2007

    Drummer Hoff

    The book ¿Drummer Hoff¿ is adapted by Barbara Emberley and illustrated by Ed Emberley. It was published in 1967 and won the Caldecott Medal in 1968. Barbara is both a librarian and writer, and her husband Ed is both an artist and illustrator. Ed studied art in Boston at the Massachusetts School of Art. Ed has illustrated or contributed to over 50 books. They currently live in Ipswich, Massachusetts. The cumulative folk song ¿Drummer Hoff¿ is about seven soldiers. Six of the solders bring different items to build a cannon. The soldier ¿Private Parriage brought the carriage¿ and the soldier ¿Corporal Farrell brought the barrel.¿ The seventh soldier, Drummer Hoff, does something different from the others. What possibly could the other solider do that was so different from the others? I think this is a simple, fast-paced story. Not only does it contain colorful illustrations, but it also has great words that rhyme and fun repetition. Each of these aspects makes this book very enjoyable for children. This books reading level is four, and its age range is 4 to 8. Emberley, Barbara and Ed. Drummer Hoff. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall Inc., 1967.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Drummer Hoff

    Drummer Hoff is adapted by Barbara Emberley and illustrated by Ed Emberley. They won the Caldecott Medal in 1968 for this book due to the bold illustrations and the adaptation of the cumulative folk song. The Emberleys live in Ipswich, Massachusetts. The illustrations in this book are wildly colored woodcuts, adding spark. The words rhyme. 'Sergeant Chowder brought the powder.' Drummer Hoff is a drummer boy who sounds things off. In this folk song seven soldiers build a great canon, and Drummer Hoff sounds it off. Emberley, Barbara. Drummer Hoff. New York: Aladdin, 1967. Reading level: Ages 4-8

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Drummer Hoff

    This Caldecott medal winner is written by Barbara Emberley and illustrated by Ed Emberley. The Emberleys live in Ipswich, Massachusetts. They received the Caldecott Medal for this book in 1968. The illustrations are done in wildly patterned and wildly colored woodcuts adding a lot a spark to the story. So, is the story really about a drummer. This folksong is about seven soldiers who build a magnificent cannon, and Drummer Hoff fires it off because that is what he does. For instance, ¿Private Parriage brought the carriage¿. Emberley, Barbara, Emberley, Ed. Drummer Hoff. New York: Aladdin, 1967. Reading level: Ages 4-8

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2006

    Drummer Hoff

    Drummer Hoff is a very strong boy who bangs his drum to 'fire things off!' Also, the pictures in this book are great and have lots of color in them! The title, Drummer Hoff is just what the book is about. He is a little drummer boy who sounds things off. Poetry is the genre of this book, every line rhymes. 'Drummer Hoff fired it off' is the main line of the book. Other lines such as, 'Private Parriage brought the carriage,' are easy for children to understand. Continuous lines in the story help the child to stay focused and to remember the story. Barbara and Ed Emberly have worked together for many years. Not only have they won many Caldecott honors, The New York Times has also chosen their books for many 'Best Illustrated Books of the Year.' Emberly, Barbara and Ed. Drummer Hoff. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall Inc. 1972.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2004

    Hidden Meaning

    Notice where the characters are standing. Drummer Hoff fires it off. Right into their faces. Sick, but funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2004

    all time favorite

    i grew up on this book. It's a wonderful story and fun to read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2001

    remembered forever!

    My kids are all grown now, and this is the one book my son and both my daughters read every night before bedtime. They still remember the lines! Now they are starting to have children and I want them all to have the pleasure of this wonderful book! I sill have the original copy put away. I think this is a must read for all children,I belive it will start them all on to a love of books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2000

    Santa Loves 'Drummer Hoff'

    My 5-year-old son first became excited about this book in kindergarten when he brought it home from the library. He loves to chime in with 'Drummer Hoff fires it off!' as we read through it together. This has been the only book he's taken out of the library more than once. It is also worthy of his Christmas list because this year he asked Santa to bring him his very OWN copy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2000

    Drummer Hoff Fires Off Winner!

    This book is wonderful! My son received this book as a baby gift, and we immediately began reading it to him because of the beautiful, bold illustrations and the melodic words. Now long after we read it we remember the story and share it with William. It's a great book for babies and young children alike.

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    Posted December 3, 2009

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    Posted November 24, 2009

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