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Ten Oni Drummers

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  65 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
At dusk, on a beach in Japan, a young boy falls asleep and begins to dream, but soon he has company a tiny oni, creeping up from the sand. Throughout the night, one by one, more oni appear, until there are ten in all, and they grow bigger, too. They begin beating their taiko drums, louder and louder. They sail on a raft, play games, have a big meal, and eventually chase ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Lee & Low Books (first published November 15th 2000)
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Apr 11, 2011 Margaret rated it it was amazing
In this book oni drummers come out one by one. They start off as just being one oni drummer drumming and increasing by one all the way up to ten. The cool thing about this book is that the book counts the oni drummers not only in English, but also in Japanese. This is a great book for students that might be from Japan, students learning Japanese, students wanting to know a little bit about Japanese culture, students who like drums,and students who like monsters. It's also a great book for ...more
Nicole Flores
This is a book is a Japenese folktale about Oni Drummers who grow in size the more they drum. This is a diverse book that can be used in a lesson about about other cultures.An activity that can be done is having the children do their own illustrations. i think it would be fun for the students to see how their oni drummers are different thatn the ones in the story. This gives children the opportunity to use their imagination.
Heather Torgersen
Though the text may be difficult to read sometimes, this is a great book that can teach a couple of different lessons. You can incorporate music with this book by having your students clap or pat the rhythm along with you as you read. Also, this is a great book to read for those who are learning their ordinal numbers. This book was read to us as a class to go along with Where The Wild Things Are, so if you are following a theme of 'monsters', you can add this book to your collection.
Sarah Kasper
Apr 08, 2011 Sarah Kasper rated it it was ok
Shelves: math, art
"Ten Oni Drummers" is a book that I would use during a math lesson in the early elementary grades because it specifically talks about the numbers 1-10. You could also use this book to incorporate music and movement in the classroom. The students could act like the Oni Drummers and make music with their "drums."
Apr 06, 2011 Darrielle rated it liked it
Shelves: folktale
Introduce this books to students to explore nightmares and bade dreams. The poetic repetition of rhyme and verse through out the book makes it a good read. Also the book puts a refreshing spin on numbers and counting as ten scary creatures appear from the sand one by one who are counted in Japanese.
Kristen Thompson
"Ten Oni Drummers" is a book that I would use to show rhythm and beat. I would also use it to show how to count. Each Oni drummer has a number on it's body. The words can be difficult to read but the beats are fun to play along with the teacher. We did this in class, to follow up "Where The Wild Things Are", and each had our own frisbee to play along with.
Apr 08, 2011 Ealthafer rated it liked it
Shelves: math, multi-cultural
This book offers so many different lessons in one book. This book could be very interactive for students because the students could best their own drums (frisbees) during the story. This story is also milticultural because it teaches about japanese culture and also has Japanese sayings in the story. You could also use this book with very young students on counting to 10.
Apr 10, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it
This book will be great read aloud with the props. For example, the students can have a frisbee and that can turn into a drum. It can also be used for an math activity as well; where the students will add and subtract by using the book. Since this book is on a different culture, it will be fun to read with the students.
Phuong Dao
Dec 04, 2010 Phuong Dao rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-theater
I really like this book because when the lady from the Aliance theater came we get to do so much activities in class. We get to play pretend with the drum and make puppet also. The ten oni is another version of "where the wild things are". The ten oni drummer has face like monster, and the book portray the Japanese culture. It is good to introduce different culture children by reading this book.
Ngoc  Dang
Apr 08, 2011 Ngoc Dang rated it liked it
This book helps children find comfort when they have scary dreams. In this book, the Oni scared the boy scary dreams away. The Oni used taiko drums to make noises to scare bad dreams. The book is great for introducing culture because it has Japanese words and characters.The students can learn to count 1-10 in Japanese.
Ashley Wampler
This book reminded me a bit of "Where the Wild Things Are". I had never heard of Oni, until I read this book. The book rhymes, and it is a great one to use and involve the whole class with their own drums. The Oni appear one by one through the sand in a boy's dream. They play games and eat together. The boy then realizes that they have scared away his bad dreams.
Hope Johnson
This is a great book to let children explore and learn about other cultures. The get to learn Japanese words and sing a song about the folktale. You can incorporate beats and rhythm and get the children singing a song in the Japanese language, what a great learning experience that would be!
Kathleen Ruff
Apr 09, 2011 Kathleen Ruff rated it liked it
This was such a cute book that takes place in the Japanese culture. This was an interactive story and I believe kids of any age would enjoy it as long as the teacher is fully involved and engulfed in the book also.
Can use the book to do a pupper show or have the students bang on a little drum and sing the words with you. This keeps the students engaged in the story and helps them follow along with you. Can use to talk about different cultures.
Janet Chen
Apr 09, 2011 Janet Chen rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Good book to read to work on numbers 1-10 and is good to have the students act out some parts of the story such as the drumming and chanting, it might be nice to teach the students the chants right before reading and then have them do them along with you. Great way to integrate culture too.
Becca Holcomb
Apr 09, 2011 Becca Holcomb rated it it was ok
Shelves: math
This is a fun book for a math lesson. This is really good for the early learners around kindergarten. I would use this lesson when learning to count to ten. I would also use it to emphasize sequencing.
Michelle King
Apr 09, 2011 Michelle King rated it really liked it
This was a great book. It had very colorful illustrations. This is a great story to read to your class and have classroom participation. You can give each child a frisby and have them beat on it when the story line cause for it.
Tichina Fung-chung
The Ten Oni Drummers is a great book that encorporates the Japanese culture with numbers! This book would be perfect for a math lesson when introducing numbers to the classroom. To have a little fun, the students can have little drums to beat on as you read the story to get them more involved.
Apr 09, 2011 Zach rated it really liked it
Japanese take on 'Where the Wild Things Are'. Excellent read-aloud opportunity and many chances for students to become involved in the story. You can give each student a frisbee and have them repeat back a drum beat during the chants.
Ebony Hargett
Great multi-cultural book displaying the Japanese story of Ten Oni Drummers. I loved the illustrations and flowing words in the story. I would use this book to teach rhyming patterns in story writing and to teach sequencing and counting for younger students.
Oct 31, 2010 Katherine rated it it was amazing
This book is a great Japanese spin off to "Where the Wild Things Are". It is great for telling a story and for counting with children, a lot of repetition and guidance throughout the book. The illustrations and colors really capture your attention. Good Read!
Dec 07, 2010 Kristin rated it liked it
This book is good when teaching about imagination. This is a good way to help the students write better and comprehend what they are reading a little bit better. It could also be a good way to integrate music in your classroom.
Apr 08, 2011 Jayna rated it really liked it
Shelves: folk-tale, japan
This story is about the Oni who grow as you drum louder and louder. This story is a good interactive story that we saw in action with the Alliance Theatre representative. It goes along well with "Where the Wild Things Are"
Jun 22, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
This is an older one, but I liked it. Japanese counting pronunciation guide in the back. Also how to make the Japanese characters for the numbers.
Apr 11, 2011 Sharonneika rated it really liked it
Shelves: beginer-learners
Great book for learning numbers and rhymes. Students will love the story and the illustrations. Good read for k-3,
Lam Nguyen
Nov 17, 2010 Lam Nguyen rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-alouds
This book embraces culture. The students can beat on frisbees as way to follow along in the book and going with the rhythm of the Oni drummers.
Can be uses w/several disciplines (language arts, math, music)

Useful in math for counting and sequencing

For music young students can learn to "drum" a beat

Best for Pre-k to 2nd grade
Danielle Wynn
I love how this piece of literature incorporates music!!! This would be a great book to have students eventually create their own drums!
Great Book to discuss culture
Caroline Barnett
This is a fun book that can come alive with student participation. Students can chant and drum during certain parts of the book. This is fun way to also work on counting to ten.
Tuyet Tran
Nov 17, 2010 Tuyet Tran rated it really liked it
Shelves: culture
This book embraces Japanese's culture. It teach children how to count from one through ten in Japanese. Very funny!
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