The Leopard's Drum: An Asante Tale from West Africa

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Osebo, the leopard, has a huge, fine, magnificent drum, but he won't let anyone else have it - not even Nyame the Sky-God. So Nyame offers a big reward to the animal who will bring him the drum. This traditional tale from West Africa tells how a tortoise outwits a boastful leopard.

Because Osebo the leopard won't share his magnificent drum with anyone, Nyame the Sky-God offers a reward to whichever animal presents the drum to him.

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Overview

Osebo, the leopard, has a huge, fine, magnificent drum, but he won't let anyone else have it - not even Nyame the Sky-God. So Nyame offers a big reward to the animal who will bring him the drum. This traditional tale from West Africa tells how a tortoise outwits a boastful leopard.

Because Osebo the leopard won't share his magnificent drum with anyone, Nyame the Sky-God offers a reward to whichever animal presents the drum to him.

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Children's Literature - Judith Gravitz
Osebo, the leopard, has a beautiful drum. All the animals of the forest would like to own or at least play the drum. Osebo refuses to share. Nyame, the Sky God, asks Osebo three times if he could have it, borrow it, or at the least try it. Each time Osebo obnoxiously refuses. Nyame tells the animals that whoever can get the drum for him will receive a large reward. As a good just folk tale, the tortoise is the most unlikely character to cleverly acquire the drum. Souhaim paints the brightly-colored animals against a white page enhancing the bold energy of this traditional tale.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Osebo the leopard has a drum that is the envy of all the animals, and even of Nyame, the Sky-God. When Osebo refuses to give the instrument to him, Nyame offers a reward to the creature who can bring it. The beasts try and fail until the smallest of them, the tortoise Achi-cheri, succeeds by her wiles. This pourquoi tale told with a light touch is offered with the same verve as well-loved Anansi tales, and Souhami's paper-collage art enhances its vitality. Vivid color overlays placed strategically in white space create dramatic effects, and African-inspired masks and garments lend authenticity to the book. A satisfying choice for reading aloud and a solid addition to African folklore collections.-Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845075064
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 967,552
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2009

    The Leopard's Drum - an Asante Tale

    This is the second time I purchased this book. My Ghanian uncle gave it to my first daughter when she was 4. I recently purchased it for my younger 2 daughters. They loved it. It's a good story. Would recommend it.

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