The Little Drummer Boyby Ezra Jack Keats, Ezra Jack Keats (Illustrator)
A procession travels to Bethlehem, bringing gifts for the newborn baby Jesus. The little drummer boy comes along, although he is too poor to bring a present fit for a king. Instead, he plays a song on his drum for the Christ Child. Within the little drummer boy's seemingly simple gift lies the true spirit of Christmas. Ezra Jack Keats' vivid, jewel-toned artwork perfectly illustrates this classic holiday carol. Music for the song appears at the back of the book.
"Keats evocatively portrays this story." -Publishers Weekly
- Macmillan Publishing Company, Incorporated
- Publication date:
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983) is the Caldecott Medal winning author of The Snowy Day, which broke ground in 1962 as one of the first picture books for young children to portray a realistic, multi-cultural urban setting. Since its initial publication, The Snowy Day has come to be regarded as both a children’s classic and one of the most important picture books ever written/illustrated. Ezra Jack Keats’ legacy lives on in the popularity of his most famous character, Peter—the star of The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Peter's Chair, A Letter to Amy, Goggles, and others. Visit the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation online at www.ezra-jack-keats.org
- Date of Birth:
- March 11, 1916
- Date of Death:
- May 6, 1983
- Place of Birth:
- Brooklyn, New York
- Place of Death:
- New York, New York
- Thomas Jefferson High School, New York City
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This is the classic tale of a young boy who wants to present a gift to the infant king and discovers what he has in his posession is the greatest gift. This story teaches children how to look within to find the true meaning of the season.
I purchased Ezra Jack Keats' Little Drummer Boy for our 3 year old grandson this Christmas. This was a wonderful story to share to help him visualize the rum-pum-pum of the song as he played with the nativity set we had given him. There were many editions on the market but the Keats edition was a 'must have' to add to the bookshelf in our grandson's room. His mother has all of the books she grew up with and now, this book will have a prized position among the rest of the Ezra Jack Keats' books she shares with our grandson. This story and song were perfect this year as we encourage our grandson that each of us has something wonderful to share with the world if we only try to be the best person we can be.