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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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Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Drum Calls Softly was quite a unique book, and is one of the most interesting books I have read in along time. This book is based on a traditional native drum dance. In this book the drum is referred to over and over. The drum is sacred to this tribe which I think is very unique. Two interesting points from this book, I don't know why but the library I got this book from either must have issues because on the bottom of almost every page they have their library stamp-I just found that sort of ...more
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Mar 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
I grew up being somewhat familiar with Native American culture, so I thought I'd really like this book. But when I read it, along with listened to the CD that goes with it, I didn't like it. It came of as creepy and eerie, when it shouldn't have. I did like the illustrations, though, the color usage was enjoyable.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Incredible art. When I first read this I gave it a 5/5 but very recently (Oct 2018) it has been revealed that Bouchard is allegedly not Metis. I’ve reduced my rating to 1/5 until further notice and if the controversy clears I will change my review in fairness. I should note that all of this breaks my heart. I loved Bouchard but cultural appropriation in indigenous children’s literature is a huge issue.
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
beautiful poem/song
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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