A young boy learns the value of helping others in The Drum, a classic Indian folktale. Voice actor Rob Cleveland appealingly channels the poor boy's hope and gratitude as he makes his dream of owning a drum a reality. Coming from a poor family, the boy's mother can't buy him a drum - but via the gift of a stick from a wise old man, the boy makes a series of smart trades with people in need that eventually lands him with a drum of his very own. As much a tale of self-reliance as an introduction to basic economics, The Drum is sure to please young listeners with its story of a little boy who triumphed against adversity.
©2006 August House Publishers, Inc.; (P)2006 August House Publishers, Inc.
Good story and narration, but I disliked the sound effects; felt they were overdramatized. Illustrations would have been useful had they been drawn with the ethnicity of the story's origins in mind. Too anglicized! Too bad...
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