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In the Time of the Drums
Contributor(s): Siegelson, Kim L. (Author), Pinkney, Brian (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1620143097     ISBN-13: 9781620143094
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
OUR PRICE: $9.31  

Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2016
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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore - Country & Ethnic - General
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places - United States - African-american
- Juvenile Fiction | Family - Multigenerational
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2016000925
Age Level: 6-10
Grade Level: 1-5
Lexile Measure: 570(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.2" H x 8.4" W x 10.7" (0.35 lbs) 32 pages
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
- Cultural Region - African
- Geographic Orientation - Georgia
Features: Ikids, Illustrated
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 35270
Reading Level: 4.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Mentu, an enslaved child, learns about the culture of his people from his grandmother, Twi in this Gullah folk tale of an insurrection at Teakettle Creek.

It used to be that huge ships often landed near Teakettle Creek bringing African people to work on the island's plantations. Some of the Africans who live on the island made goatskin drums and play music to remind themselves of home. Young Mentu was island born, but grandmother Twi had come from Africa, and she longs for home. Thanks to Twi, Mentu learns to play the drums and to respect the strength of the music.

One day a new ship carrying Africans docked at Teakettle Creek sends out the beat of drums--a roar from the Africans inside the ship who are pounding for their homeland. The beat calls to Twi, urging her to seek freedom. But the only place for freedom is in the murky waters of Teakettle Creek. Now Grandmother Twi must choose between the drum's lure and the island that young Mentu calls home.

The recipient of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award in 2000, this spellbinding story is now back in print. In the Time of the Drums is an extraordinary Gullah tale of mysticism, intrigue, strength, and courage that will leave readers of all ages spellbound.

Contributor Bio(s): Siegelson, Kim L.: -

KIM L. SIEGELSON is the author of several picture books, as well as a popular speaker at conferences, writing workshops, and school visits. She grew up hearing the unforgettable account of Africans walking into the water near Georgia's Sapelo Island, and this story becamethe inspiration for In the Time of the Drums. Siegelson lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia.

Pinkney, Brian: -

BRIAN PINKNEY is the acclaimed illustrator of numerous award-winning books. In addition to the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for In the Time of the Drums, he has been honored with two Caldecott Medal Honors, four Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honors, and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. Pinkney lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and frequentcollaborator, Andrea Davis Pinkney, and their two children.

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