Jungle Drums

Jungle Drums

Book - 2004
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"Every year the Other Animals hold a Grand Parade with prizes for the most beautiful. The Warthogs don't even bother entering -- mud wrestling isn't on the program." From the creator of the beloved illustrated classic,The Waterhole, comes a story about finding inner beauty, and learning that our wishes are not always fulfilled in ways we expect. Ngiri Mdogo is the smallest warthog in a big family of African warthogs. They're not very pretty, but they can put on a great mud-wrestling contest! Unfortunately the beautiful animals across the river don't appreciate mud wrestling -- they have a grand parade that shows off how stunning they look, and they tease the warthogs for being so ugly. Ngiri wishes he wasn't so small because he is tired of being teased, and he wishes that Warthogs weren't so ugly and the other animals weren't so pretty. When Ngiri is given a set of magic drums he is sure his wishes are about to come true, but the way his problem is eventually solved is not as he expects -- and everyone learns a lesson along the way. Graeme Base's imagination, enthusiasm, energy, and sense of humour will astound you yet again in this gloriously illustrated book. A wonderfully child-friendly picture book with fable-style storytelling perfect for reading aloud or as a first reader. In true Graeme Base style there is an added surprise at the end: a fun look-and-find element in the illustrations. The stunning African scenery, the African magic and fantasy element, and the warm and endearing characters will draw the reader in, and the story culminates in a wild, funny, and visually impressive grand finale over several spreads that proves that Graeme Base just keeps getting better and better with every book.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2004.
ISBN: 9780385660884
Characteristics: [38] p. :,col. ill. ;,30 cm.


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forbesrachel Dec 13, 2012

A silly story with a rather unrealistic ending, but is nice how the animals come to accept the lesson taught.

Dec 10, 2010

Both our 4yo and 2yo pick this book up every night. A bit long for the 2yo but he loves the drum pages.
the 4yo loves finding the hidden animals too

Summerteamtwo Jun 27, 2010

Used during Destination Jungle program, "Jungle Beasts" at the following branches: Greely, Richmond and North Gower.

Dec 01, 2009

Beautiful and detailed art work. Deals with the themes of teasing and making wishes (becareful what you wish for!).

Swahili pronunciation for the animal names are given.

At the end of the story, you learn that there are things hidden in the pages just read! An invitation to reread ;-)

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