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The Drum

A Folktale from India
Narrated by: Rob Cleveland
Length: 6 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 5-7
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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.

Publisher's Summary

In this story, a poor boy's dream of having a drum takes him on an unlikely path. He meets several people who guide him along the way. In time, he learns to make his own magic in this world. Illustrated by Tom Wrenn.
©2006 August House Publishers, Inc. (P)2006 August House Publishers, Inc.

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I'm sure they meant well

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...