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Dancing Drum: A Cherokee Legend (Legends of the World)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Magnificent illustrations and captivating texts tell the legends of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Americas, and Native America.
Published September 19th 1998 by Troll Communications (first published October 1990)
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Kristine Hansen
Dancing Drum is sent to kill the sun, a plan that's sure to end in disaster whether he succeeds or not. Love the story, the way it's presented, and the information given at the back. I love folktales that are a bit unusual and this one really fits the bill.
M.M. Hudson
Jan 02, 2015 M.M. Hudson rated it it was amazing
I am part Cherokee so I was excited when I found this book. Taken from an old Cherokee legend, this book tells the tale of how one young man seeks to keep Grandmother Sun from burning the land.

I loved reading this legend as I never had heard it before. The words are lovingly weaved together to tell the legend as it might have been handed down word of mouth. I loved how the young man made up for each deed or misdeed he did and eventually used his drum in thanksgiving. A beautiful testament to th
Tessa Hensley
Dec 05, 2015 Tessa Hensley rated it really liked it
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The telling of why the sun scorched the earth and how a tribe made Grandmother Sun shine down on them again. This book is cute, educational, and very interesting.

The illustrations in this book are very well done, they have lots of color and detail, and even show some of the native Cherokee patterns. The content of this book is also great, and would be awesome to have in a classroom. It would be good to have a book about native legends to read to a class and have them compare it to other legends
Bethany Lovhaug
A Cherokee Legend about why there are droughts, dark & coldness, rain, and nice days.
Claire Clayborn
Oct 25, 2012 Claire Clayborn rated it it was ok
This story is a folktale. The main charcter is a little boy named Dancing Drum. He tries to help his people by killing Grand,other Sun. His people wanted Grandmother son to die because she was scorching heat down upon them. With his attempt to kill Grandmother Sun, he fails and kills her daughter. Grandmother Sun becomes very sad and showers rain upon the people for days. He tried to bring her daughter back, but he failed again. He constantly tried to fix his first mistake and make his people. ...more
Dancing Drum, a Cherokee boy, is sent to kill the sun who is beating down on the Earth. Unfortunately, Dancing Drum is inept in the task. He kills the daughter instead. That causes the sun to hibernate, thus making the earth dark and cold.

Trying to correct that, he captured the sun but was told not to peek into the basket. He did and the sun escaped and returned serve with downpours.

Eventually Dancing Drum played music, which pleased the sun. She came out at that point.

Then there were several p
A story of a young man who grieved then appeased Grandmother Sun. The colorful illustrations lend themselves well to the story (although one page had white text on pale green that was a bit hard to read for me). The factual info in the back of the book was interesting.
Jul 08, 2014 Kaethe rated it it was amazing
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Yum, I love me some mythology, and this collection of Native stories is well-produced. I like the stories and the art, and the long afterward section with additional information and resources. Great for the kid who wants to learn about all the North American tribes.
Trisa Balgobin
May 21, 2012 Trisa Balgobin rated it it was amazing
i think this book is a amazing cherokee is intertaning to readers and i feel the author Terri Cohlene did a great job on hooking the reader and with the illistrations.
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a collection of legend history and art work
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