The Little Drummer Boy

  • Title: The Little Drummer Boy
  • Author: Ezra Jack Keats
  • ISBN: 9780140567434
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Little Drummer Boy A procession travels to Bethlehem bringing gifts for the newborn baby Jesus The little drummer boy comes along although he is too poor to bring a present fit for a king Instead he plays a song on h
    A procession travels to Bethlehem, bringing gifts for the newborn baby Jesus The little drummer boy comes along, although he is too poor to bring a present fit for a king Instead, he plays a song on his drum for the Christ Child Within the little drummer boy s seemingly simple gift lies the true spirit of Christmas Ezra Jack Keats vivid, jewel toned artwork perfectlyA procession travels to Bethlehem, bringing gifts for the newborn baby Jesus The little drummer boy comes along, although he is too poor to bring a present fit for a king Instead, he plays a song on his drum for the Christ Child Within the little drummer boy s seemingly simple gift lies the true spirit of Christmas Ezra Jack Keats vivid, jewel toned artwork perfectly illustrates this classic holiday carol Music for the song appears at the back of the book Keats evocatively portrays this story Publishers Weekly

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    About Ezra Jack Keats


    1. FROM WEBSITE Long before multicultural characters and themes were fashionable, Ezra Jack Keats crossed social boundaries by being the first American picture book maker to give the black child a central place in children s literature.In the books that Keats wrote and illustrated, he used his special artistic techniques to portray his subjects in a unique manner One of these was his blending of gouache with collage Gouache is an opaque watercolor mixed with a gum that produces an oil like glaze.The characters in Keats books come from the community around him Many of his stories illustrate family life, the simple pleasures and complex problems, that a child often encounters in his daily routine To create his books, Keats drew upon his own childhood experiences, from having to flee from bullies to taking a ribbing from his pals for liking girls But these are also the experiences of almost all children growing up in neighborhoods and communities in many parts of the world This commonality explains the continuing popularity of Keats books and characters By the time of Keats death following a heart attack in 1983, Keats had illustrated over eighty five books for children, and written and illustrated twenty four children s classics.


    564 Comments


    1. Simple book. Pictures to go with the words of the song with the same title. The art is nice. Great for a 2-3 year old.

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    2. Ezra Jack Keats beautiful interpretation of this, my second-least-favorite Christmas song, caused me to reconsider the revulsion I usually feel towards the wee lad and his pa-rum-pa-rum-pums. Indeed, Mr. Keats achieved a remarkable artistic feat by taking something displeasing and making it lovely to my Scrooge-y heart. It's a Christmas miracle!!!!!!

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    3. Good illustrations. I read the text (minus the drum noises), as naturally as possible, then sing the whole thing at the end. I usually very much dislike the radio versions of the song, but this little book brings a different feeling about it. It may very well redeem the carol for me!___________I've actually had to read this a whole bunch of times this Christmas, but I'm only going to mark it once. 😋

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    4. Books taken from songs confuse me. Are you supposed to read them or sing them? Especially when then have an ever repeating theme, such as pa-rum-pum-pum-pum? Read that out loud just sounds silly to me. But what's your take?It seems to be really popular to take songs and make them into children's books as I've come across ever so many. I love Ezra Jack Keats's illustrations which is why I gave this a three. Once I figure out my dilemma, I might come back and give this a four star rating. ;)Ages: [...]

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    5. A presentation of the book, in video with the song. The stunning collage art is featured as the song is sung accompanied by a guitar, and of course, a drum. It is one of my favorite Christmas songs, it is a treat to have it with these images.

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    6. Gorgeous, vibrant, and evocative, from the despair of the giftless drummer boy to the joy of the ox and lamb keeping time.

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    7. Summary: The little drummer boyWhy I Read This: It was on the books to read to your kids before kindergarten list.Review: I liked it. The words are the song. And the illustrations are good.

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    8. My mommy thinks it's a pretty interesting gift for a newborn baby, to play the drums really loudly.

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    9. Simple artwork to set off the song (no extra story).

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    10. Gorgeously illustrated version of the beloved Christmas carol one cannot help but to sing aloud.

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    11. The lyrics to the Little Drummer Boy with Keat's wonderful illustrations

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    12. Entrancing illustrations for the text of the song, The Little Drummer Boy.

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    13. His illustrations are gorgeous, as usual, but I don't like that baby Jesus is still in the manger when the wise men came two years after his birth. I know, it's nit-picking, but I can't help it.

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    14. Beautiful story with such a great message. Grab it to read aloud at Christmas with those you love.

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    15. Gorgeous illustrations to a beloved Christmas song. Love sharing this with children.

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    16. You're probably already familiar with the text here--the lyrics of "Little Drummer Boy" are faithfully reproduced, pah-rum-pah-pum-pums included. Your enjoyment of the book depends heavily on whether you like the Christmas carol in question.If you do, I think you're in for a treat. Ezra Jack Keats' art is always lovely to look at, but his rendering of the Magis' visit to the Christ child is just stunning. I especially appreciate that he takes pains to depict the figures as they might really have [...]

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    17. Ezra Jack Keats, best known for the Caldecott Medal winning THE SNOWY DAY, captures the beautiful simplicity of "The Little Drummer Boy" in this Christmas find. When things you love come together magic can be created. Keats has long been a favorite author of mine and "The Little Drummer Boy" is high on my list of favorite carols. Upon reflection, it is for similar reasons. They both capture things in a simple, yet extraordinary way. THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY flows with the traditional song to show [...]

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    18. This is a small hard back picture book and ironically not one of the authors most well known. However, that does not stop the book from being colorful and imaginative. The book stays true to form of the traditional Christmas song. Each page gives homage to a line from the song, which is posted in its entirety on the last two pages.The author/illustrator made each page come alive and yet also gives the feel of the original song through the character's emotions. I love this author's books and it i [...]

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    19. One of my girls favorite reads lately is Over in the Meadow where I sing it instead of reading it as we turn the pages. We found this one to be another from Ezra Jack Keats that has the same response. I have a feeling this will be requested much more before the year is out and possibly year round beyond the Christmas and nativity season. This was part of our Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten reading list and once again their list is fabulous!

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    20. GLE 2.9, Kprimary elementary Genre: Historical Fiction This story is about a group traveling to Bethleham in biblical times. Each member of the group has a gift to give to Baby Jesus, a fine gift. All except for the little drummer boy. He is too poor to bring a gift, so instead he decides to play a song on his drum. It is a magical song and ends up being the best gift of them all. The story is cute, while it has some religious connotation it is not overly religious. It is a good story about givi [...]

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    21. I remember having this book growing up that we would bring out at Christmas with the other Christmas books. It is the entire song of The Little Drummer Boy with Keats' great illustrations. In the back is the music for the song which my mom converted for my Tap a Tune piano (the old blue one with the full color coded octave) and I remember playing it on my first baby keyboard. It has always been one of my favorite Christmas songs, probably in part due to this book.

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    22. My son wants to learn to play the drum and, this Advent, has become fascinated with the Little Drummer Boy song. So when I saw that Ezra Jack Keats had made a picture book of the song, of course I checked it out. It was a hit. I've only been asked to read it once, but he has sat and looked through it over and over. The pictures are very familiar as being by Keats, and it's a pretty traditional adaptation of the song.

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    23. The Little Drummer Boy is a picture book to the song The Little Drummer Boy. The book has beautiful pictures to illustrate the song.Activities:-Discuss the vocabulary in the story-go over the characters in the story -learn to make shadows-practicing how to whistle-retell the story with flannel boards pieces or as a play-pick a class favorite song and turn it into a class book.

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    24. This is my 3 year old's favorite Christmas carol. I have to "sing" this book to him. These illustrations were soft and nice but not my favorite; I obviously don't have the best taste in art, I am far to picky and not cultured when it comes to artwork like this. A good depiction of the song overall.

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    25. I liked this book because it tells the words to Little Drummer Boy. The last page actually has the sheet music for the musical people out there. This is a charming story about the little drummer boy playing his drum loudly for baby Jesus. He feels sad in part of the story because he doesn't feel like his gift could compare to the three wise men.

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    26. I saw this book at the library last week (a few weeks too late to enjoy during Christmas). I've never really liked the song by the same name, but Keats's spare illustrations and beautiful style have finally endeared me to the familiar words. I'd like to own this one for the Christmas collection.

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    27. The text of this picture book comes word-for-word from the popular Christmas tune (complete with the insertion of "pa-rum-pum-pum-pum"), giving it a festive feel, though the illustrations feel dated and as if they were pulled from an illustrated hymnal, not from Ezra Jack Keats.

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    28. I love this book. I think the illustrations that accompany the familiar Christmas carol's text are beautiful. Warning: I can't read it without singing it!Ha! Upon hearing the song on the radio, one of my boys exclaimed, "Wow, they sing it way better than you do!"

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    29. The typically wonderful pictures of Ezra Jack Keats make this illustrated interpretation of the famous Christmas song a true joy to experience. Written music for the song is included in the back of the book, but I actually found it refreshing to read the lyrics as a story, and not a tune.

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    30. This book has charming illustrations which my 2-year old barely understands or recognizes. There are only three pages where he points out familiar things in the picture. Also he prefers that I "sing" this book to him rather than read it, which can be tiring.

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