"The illustrations in this book by Native American painter Jim Poitras are exceptional, and one of the best parts of the book. They are full page, sometimes double page, and in earth tones but colourful. Some of the pages have ghost-like silhouettes of native warriors or dancers against the backdrop of fields or sky. . . This could be used as an introduction to the book in the classroom or assembly hall.
-- CM Magazine
"The blurb on the front cover of The Drum Calls Softly asserts that this illustrated book is of equal importance to children and adults-a blurb has never been so right. From the beautifully painted illustrations to the world-class musicianship of Northern Cree on the accompanying audio CD, The Drum is a powerfully narrated tale of spiritual belonging that transcends cultural barriers, whether you page through the book listening to the narration in Cree, or you follow the story on its own."
-- ForeWord Magazine
"Four full-page wordless spreads with mountains, teepee, and buffalo give readers a chance to pause and contemplate the words…. A good choice for libraries with strong Native culture collections."
-- School Library Journal
"Breathtaking and imaginative illustrations by Jim Poitras complement the words and music as perfectly as if they came together at the beginning of time. The overwhelming landscapes and colorful skies take center stage, while silhouetted humans blend into the natural world below….The Drum Calls Softly is so much more than a book or a CD. This is an important addition to any child's library - to any library!"
-- Curled Up With A Good Kids Book
"Resounding with themes of community and the cyclical rhythms of life, this lyrical tale by Bouchard and debut author Willier pays tribute to the power of Cree traditions."
-- Publishers Weekly
"Poitras' illustrations set on ochre backgrounds are evocative in a direct and naive way and support both the tone and the subject of the book. Night, dawn and daylight reveal the Cree people's life in community, on the plains and near the water, and on every page celebrate a strong connection to nature and to a life of spirit. An important book. . .
Rating: G - Good, even great at times, generally useful!"
-- Resource Links
"As one listens and flips the pages, Poitras' colorful paintings convey the mood of the text. Silhouette figures, sometimes as dancers in the round dance, sometimes as hunters on the plains, are set against backgrounds depicted in bold colors with sweeping brushstrokes. There is even a scene of a round dance inside a gymnasium, which reminds us of the book's contemporary relevance; and several double-page vistas of the prairie landscape act in counterpoint to the pages containing text. The Drum Calls Softly is a truly interactive book and a unique experience for readers of all ages. It may call softly, but this drumbeat is compelling and definitely worth following."
"Readers will gain an appreciation for the passion and beauty of native cultures."
-- Guelph Mercury