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The Little Drummer Boy
     

The Little Drummer Boy

by Henry Onorati, Harry Simeone, Kristina Rodanas (Illustrator), Katherine K. Davis
 

For many who grew up with “The Little Drummer Boy,” this classic story of the encounter between a poor boy and the baby Jesus embodies the true spirit of Christmas. Now, to enchant a new generation, Kristina Rodanas has illustrated the beloved song. Her rich paintings cast an exotic, magical glow over the familiar words, bringing a unique vision to this

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For many who grew up with “The Little Drummer Boy,” this classic story of the encounter between a poor boy and the baby Jesus embodies the true spirit of Christmas. Now, to enchant a new generation, Kristina Rodanas has illustrated the beloved song. Her rich paintings cast an exotic, magical glow over the familiar words, bringing a unique vision to this timeless celebration of the joy of giving. The complete words and music appear on the last page so that readers can sing along.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
This handsome picture book revisits the timeless holiday song about the poor drummer boy who learns that the most valuable gifts are those given from the heart. Rich, textured images spring from the pages, their radiant gold and red earth tones balanced by warm blue and green hues. Rodanas evokes the boy's gentle persona through soft colors and the simple line work of the child's drum, and then uses bold colors for the kings' robes and and strong textile patterns in Mary's garments. The contrast effectively reinforces the musical rhythm and movement of the text.
Booklist, ALA

"A beautiful demonstration of the true meaning of Christmas." Kirkus Reviews

When commercialism threatens to overtake the season, this song reminds readers that a gift from the heart brings great joy to both the giver and the receiver.
School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
Carolers can also sing along with The Little Drummer Boy, illus. by Kristina Rodanas. The artist's majestic desert landscapes offer dramatic contrast to the intimacy of the modest stable. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-When commercialism threatens to overtake the season, this song reminds readers that a gift from the heart brings great joy to both the giver and the receiver. Rodanas's colored-pencil and watercolor illustrations depict a young boy in a tattered robe carrying a doumbek, representative of drums in the Middle East. The single line of text per page coupled with the richly hued double-page illustrations make this story ideal for sharing. The musical score and lyrics to all three verses appear on the last page. Even libraries that have Ezra Jack Keats's version (Viking, 2000) may want this one for its fresh interpretation of Bethlehem, the humble stable, and the range of emotion expressed in the boy's face and demeanor.-G. C. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The contemporary Christmas carol comes to life through marvelously detailed illustrations that depict the people and landscapes of the desert. The range of expression in Rodanas's (Follow the Stars, not reviewed, etc.) characters' faces and body language truly makes this special. Atop a camel, brightly tasseled and belled, one of the three kings beckons kindly to the boy, welcoming him to join the journey. Warm reds and yellows dominate the desert scenes, as the travelers follow the star and wind their way toward the manger. The illustrations are filled with textures-from the boy's ragged clothing and the wooden manger filled with hay, to the lamb's soft wool. When it is his turn to present his gift, the boy stands shyly before the baby, "I am a poor boy too." Then, hope springs when he realizes he can give the gift of his playing. Together, the donkey and lamb keep time with the ox, whose foreleg is a blur of motion. With the help of a feathery-winged angel shining in the background, the little drummer boy plays his best, and the baby smiles. As he leaves the manger, still softly playing his drum, his expression shows his pride in sharing his wonderful gift. A beautiful demonstration of the true meaning of Christmas. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395970157
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/17/2001
Edition description:
None
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Kristina Rodanas has illustrated several picture books, including The Story of Blue Elk by Gerald Hausman and her own retelling of The Dragonfly's Tale, both for Clarion. She lives in Orleans, Massachusetts.

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