Patakìn: World Tales of Drums and Drummers
An impressive group of 10 folktales from around the world, each involving a drum. A classic Korean story of a youngest brother seeking his fortune; an eerie Inuit legend of Skeleton Woman, who learns the lessons of love; a scary Irish tale of dancing ghosts; and the biblical story of Miriam are included. For each selection, extensive background material, historical notes, and musical notation, as well as a detailed description of the ethnic drum central to the story, are provided. This is an exciting and useful book for both novice and experienced storytellers or drummers. One cannot read these pages without wanting to tap out a rhythm, the very heart of the story. The multicultural approach to these tales will appeal to students and teachers while the drum theme unites all people in the most basic cultural activity of any society-telling tales. A fine collection of stories to read and tell. Grade 5 up.
Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY, School Library Journal
NINA JAFFE’S acclaimed retellings of world folklore include The Golden Flower: A Taíno Myth from Puerto Rico (Piñata Books, 1998), named an Honor Book in the 1998 Pura Belpré Awards; La flor de oro: Un mito taíno de Puerto Rico (Piñata Books, 2006); The Way Meat Loves Salt: A Cinderella Tale from the Jewish Tradition (Henry Holt, 1998), a PJ Library selection; and Patakín: World Tales of Drums and Drummers (Cricket Books, 2001). Cited in Best Books for Children as “among the very best in the field” of authors who draw on oral traditions, her books have been honored with the Sydney Taylor Award and Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award and have been named a Smithsonian Notable Book. Recent publications include Tales for the Seventh Day: A Collection of Sabbath Stories (Scholastic, 2000) and Wonder Woman: I Am Wonder Woman (HarperFestival, 2004). Nina is on the graduate faculty of Bank Street College’s education department and lives in New York City.