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The Drum Calls Softly

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Have you danced the round dance yet?

Of course you have-you're in my dream.

You've danced in circles next to me

You now know things aren't as they seem.

Discover the beauty of the traditional Round Dance through the lush descriptive verse of Bouchard and Willier that leads you through the cycles and seasons of life, the forming of new friendships and the understanding of va

Hardcover, 30 pages
Published November 8th 2008 by Red Deer Press (first published August 1st 2008)
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Jul 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: native-american
The Drum Calls Softly by David Bouchard and Shelly Willier
Paintings by Jim Poitras; Singing and drumming by Northern Cree
28p. Published by Red Deer Press, 2008
Grades 3-8

The Drum Calls Softly features a bilingual text in English and Cree that matches dancing silhouettes against soft, color backgrounds. A narrator invites the reader to join him in dancing the Round Dance at a powwow. The verses rhyme at times, and often require the reader have some background or prior knowledge of the Cree langua
Jul 29, 2016 rated it liked it
The bilingual text in both English and Cree, beautiful artwork, and rhythmic poetry make this a rich and lovely book. The included audio cd is by far the best way to experience the story with the wonderful music, and David Bouchard’s even and gentle telling.
Although it is charming, from an educational standpoint it is not the strongest of his works. It is better suited to students who already have some familiarity with First Nations culture and tradition. This is not a clear, literal explanati
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Canadian Métis author and literacy advocate David Bouchard has produced more than fifty books for readers of all ages, including two guides on reading for parents and educators.

An erstwhile teacher and school principal, he is particularly concerned with Aboriginal-related issues and is a sought-after speaker for conference keynotes and school presentations and on topics of reading, literacy and ab
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