When the other kids hear a boy playing a kettle like a drum, they decide to join him. Each person finds his or her own "drum." They gather together and create a parade that travels all over town, changing everyone's moods from glum to happy. Then the story turns to encourage everyone to be part of the "serenade" and beat their own drum.
Great illustrations and simple text create an upbeat tempo (pun intended) for this picture book. The rhyme is pretty solid, though not perfect. Kids won't notice because they will be exploring the great illustrations.
Don't read this book if you don't want your children making their own drum music. The story is great and very positive, but for young readers it will be a call to head to the kitchen, grab pots, pans, and a spoon, and become a drummer.
Bright illustrations, simple text, and a DIY idea will have preschoolers raiding the kitchen for drums of their own.
Kids are likely going to want to make their own drum. If you don't want that to happen, then you don't want to share this book.
This is a picture book about happiness, community, and music.
8 and Up
3 to 8
Borrow. This is fun and your kids will want to read it a couple of times, but it won't be a book for your permanent shelf.