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Lucy & Lola / When We Play Our Drums, They Sing!

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Tłįcǫ Translation : Eye Ts'ehxà Nid̨è, Gedzi ̨

The novellas will be bound together in a "flip-book" format, which offers the intended audiences two important perspectives in one package.

The first part is: The Journey Forward, A Novella On Reconciliation: When We Play Our Drums, They Sing! by Richard Van Camp

This the story of 12-year-old Dene Cho, who is angry that his peop
Paperback, 150 pages
Published 2018 by McKellar & Martin Publishing Group, Limited

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Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Uniquely, Lucy & Lola and When We Play Our Drums, They Sing! are two separate stories by different authors, bound together as one.

Lucy & Lola is the the tale of two young girls who spend the summer with their Kookum. Author Monique Gray Smith weaves in many important topics, including residential schools, assumptions/prejudices, and alcoholism. Lucy & Lola is a gentle story filled with important teachings. I would recommend it for students in grades 4-6.

In When We Play Our Drums, They Sing!, aut
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Both stories are rich in their own ways. Wonderful collection for youth and learning about truth and reconciliation.
I just finished reading this flipbook of two lower middle-grade novellas on reconciliation. One is Lucy & Lola by Monique Gray Smith, with illustrations by Julie Flett. The other is When We Play Our Drums, They Sing! By Richard Van Camp with photographs by Tessa Macintosh.

Both novellas (roughly ages 8+) are fantastic in their own ways with so much to offer readers of all ages (adults could benefit from this book as much as kids).

Lucy & Lola was really funny and cute while also being incredibly
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve been a fan of Richard Van Camp for a long time. I really liked his contribution to this flip book. It was slightly edgy, but accessible. The Lesser Blessed is a great book, but it’s too complex in parts to be accessible to all my students, plus there’s some pretty graphic sex, drugs and rock and roll, but this book could be (and probably should be) read by all people.

Monique Gray Smith’s contribution is a cute story, but I didn’t enjoy it as much. It would be suitable for a much younger re
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: youth-novels
4 stars for When We Play Our Drums, They Sing!, and 3 stars for Lucy and Lola. The drum story was more engaging and eye opening for me, as I think a lot of indigenous youth may feel like Dene did. I loved the format of this book, 2 stories, 2 covers, and guiding questions in the middle. Probably the thing that was the most unique about this book, was that it really seemed targeted for indigenous youth to read, rather than to educate the rest of the world on what it can be like to be an indigenou ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Only read when we play our drums they sing because of a class assignment. Really borring if you asked me. I was surprised to find out that it wasn't a real story because of how not exsitment it was. Their was no big battle at all and the ending I think got deletted by mis-tacke and never made it onto the pages. I was slightly looking forward to seeing how the meeting with the teachers went but we never even got that. The book had no ending. Honnestly I don't know why we read had to read this boo ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All should read this book. The story of Dene Cho was a perspective we should all be aware of. The metaphor of lava was very effective. His anger made me feel uncomfortable, which I think I should feel. The other side was a good history lesson. The misunderstanding with Kate was a bit contrived, I wish that part of the story was different. I will recommend to all the grade 4 & 5 classes. Maybe a library read aloud. I really appreciate the readers guide that went with both novellas.
Martha Viehmann
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Two novellas bound in one volume exemplify the "journey forward" toward reconciliation and truth-telling about Canada's residential schools. Lucy & Lola by Monique Gray Smith and When We Play Our Drums, They Sing! by Richard Van Camp both feature youth developing relationships with elders and learning about their history or their heritage. Both novellas put Indigenous people at the center. The stories otherwise are very different. Both are engaging and fast paced. ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Both sides were good. I liked how it had indigenous culture ‘cause you don’t see stuff like that often. I liked the book(s) but it’s not really AMAZING but nice for a change. I’d like you to try this book and see your opinion.
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I especially enjoyed the Drum story. It was informative as well as a good thought provoking story. I enjoyed Lucy and Lola but found it to be light and more simplistic. I would use both in a school context to teach students about reconciliation.
Katrina Teall Breeze
Love When We Play Our Drums, They Sing, but Lucy & Lola felt a bit forced. Still a worthwhile read.
Shamana Ali
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Powerful medicine. Recc.
Julie McKenna
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Two novellas in one book.
Roderick Mcgillis
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Slight but important stories. Recommended.
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