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Ten Oni Drummers
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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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
Dec 07, 2010 Nicole Flores rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 11, 2011 Heather Torgersen rated it liked it
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.
"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."
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.
Apr 11, 2011 Kristen Thompson rated it liked it
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oct 28, 2010 Ashley Wampler rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 11, 2011 Hope Johnson rated it really liked it
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!
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.
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.
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.
Apr 09, 2011 Ebony Hargett rated it really liked it
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.
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!