Drums Speak

Drums Speak

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Traces the daily activities of a West African boy during two weeks when three important events change the course of his life.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 48 pages
  • 210.82 x 292.1 x 12.7mm | 498.95g
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Col.ill.
  • 0152242333
  • 9780152242336

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Bright full-color photographs are the animating factor here. Kofi, whose West African village is unfortunately not geographically identified, hopes to win a scholarship to a city secondary school and strives to overcome his fear of heights so that he can pass his clan's initiation test (climbing a coconut palm); succeeding in both, he is unexpectedly chosen as the chiefs successor. More important than Kofi's triumphs, however, are the emphatically depicted incidentals - the cocoa harvest, Kofi learning to play the drums, and his pet monkey playing with a mirror. They add up to a slick but nonetheless striking piece of photo-journalism. (Kirkus Reviews)
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