The Battle of New Orleans: The Drummer's Story

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Jordan B. Noble, or "Old Jordan," as he was affectionately called, served in four American wars. As Andrew Jackson's drummer, fourteen-year-old Noble summoned the troops to action during the Battle of New Orleans. As an old man, he became a fixture in New Orleans parades, beating his worn drum and leading other veterans of color through the streets. Here, a young boy follows Jordan on the parade route and listens to Jordan tell of his important role drumming through the din of ...
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Jordan B. Noble, or "Old Jordan," as he was affectionately called, served in four American wars. As Andrew Jackson's drummer, fourteen-year-old Noble summoned the troops to action during the Battle of New Orleans. As an old man, he became a fixture in New Orleans parades, beating his worn drum and leading other veterans of color through the streets. Here, a young boy follows Jordan on the parade route and listens to Jordan tell of his important role drumming through the din of fire.

Told in rhyming couplets, this book reads the way a parade feels and sounds, with the steady beat of the drum moving the story along. A glossary of terms relating to the Battle of New Orleans is included.

Author Freddi Williams Evans is an artist/facilitator with the Jefferson Parish Public School System in Harvey, Louisiana. She holds degrees from Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi, and Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Originally from Madison, Mississippi, she now lives in New Orleans.

Illustrator Emile Henriquez was born in New Orleans in 1937. Widely known as a commercial artist, graphic designer, and calligrapher, he has illustrated three other books for Pelican: D.J. and the Jazz Fest, D.J. and the Zulu Parade, and D.J. and the Debutante Ball. He lives in Slidell, Louisiana.

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Gr 1-3-This story in rhyme pits a potpourri of U.S. troops (Cajun, Spanish, German, French, pirates, and Indians) fighting under General Andrew Jackson against the British, who had come by ship in 1812 to take over the city. The tale is told by Old Jordan, who had participated in the conflict, to a young African-American would-be drummer after a parade commemorating the battle. "`Well, this is a special drum, and I play it a special way./I play it the way I played it on the battlefield that day.'" The rhyme scheme is uneven and difficult to read aloud, and, although there is a glossary, there is no explanation of the circumstances of the battle. The realistic illustrations are hampered by a bland format: black print in a boring font, with the pictures centered in the middle of white pages. The varied uniforms of the U.S. troops are interesting and look accurate, but there is no footnote identifying them. This subject in an easy book is welcome, but the execution leaves a little to be desired.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589803008
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 966,434
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.85 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Emile F. Henriquez teaches part time in Louisiana's parochial school system. He studied drawing, painting, design, and art history at Tulane University and has worked as a graphic illustrator since 1963. Henriquez has also illustrated Pelican's popular D.J. Series. He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    AND THE BEAT WENT ON

    Emile Henriquez's sharply detailed bright colored illustrations and rhyming couplets tell the story of Jordan B. Noble or 'Old Jordan' as he was known. 'Old Jordan, Old Jordan,' his name rang in the air. He was the crowd's favorite no one could compare.' The crowd refers to the many people who gathered in the 1800s for the January 8th Day parades commemorating the Battle of New Orleans. At that time, those were among the biggest events in New Orleans, and Jordan was beloved by all. Although he was then an old man he continued to march in the parades beating his drum. Old Jordan had quite a history - he served in four American wars, and as a youth was Andrew Jackson's drummer. In this tribute to a man and a city's history, a young boy follows Old Jordan in the parade and listens as the drummer recounts his adventures and the importance of a drummer during wartime. A glossary is included with definitions of terms used in the story, such as `cotton bales' and `dragoons.' Highly recommended for ages 5 - 8. - Gail Cooke

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