Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Little Drummer Boy

Ezra Jack Keat's stunning illustrations breathe life into the beloved children's carol The Little Drummer Boy, words and music by Katherine Davis, Henry Onorati, and Harry Simeone.  Here's another story that's difficult to read without lapsing into the song or some kind of tapping.  The kids especially love repeating the rhythmic "pa-rum-pum-pum-pum" with an unmistakable enthusiasm!  The provocative song tells the story of a poor boy honoring the baby Jesus with the only gift he has, the heart-gift of song.  Notice how Keats carries the story in the little drummer boy's facial expressions, making these memorable Middle Eastern illustrations a Christmas classic to savor each year.

For those unfamiliar with the tune, Keats includes the musical score and lyrics in the back.

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