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The City Speaks in Drums

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Winner of the 2011 Ann Connor Brimer Award
Winner of the 2011 Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration

Two boys start their day in their own neighborhood, and then explore the downtown, taking in all of the sights and sounds the city has to offer.

Basketball, water pistols, skate parks and street performers; the kids are pulled through the city streets
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 7th 2010 by Nimbus Publishing (CN)
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Nadia L. Hohn
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I loved the way the font and poetic text in conjunction with the illustrations convey the land- and soundscape of Halifax.
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Reviewed by Aileen Wortley

Two boys from North End Halifax travel through their neighbourhood into the city that extends beyond. The sights and sounds seem to speak to them in rhythm. They see children playing basketball, a mirthful water-pistol chase, a family barbecue, musicians hanging out, the spoon man tapping rhythms for spare change, the poet “spittin’ verses from the highlife café.” They end at the harbour where they are “poppin’ and lockin’ hip hoppin’” on the waterfront and watching dan
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Elameno
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great portrait of Halifax. The illustrations are beautiful and really capture parts of the city in a way that makes the locations instantly recognizable to anyone who's lived here. The text is very 'spoken word,' which makes this book a lot of fun to read aloud, and some editions actually come with a CD recording of the author performing this book. The energy and the imagery make this book a really fun read!
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