The Leopard's Drum: An Asante Tale from West Africa

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Frances Lincoln Limited, Feb 1, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Osebo the leopard has a fine drum, a huge drum, a magnificent drum. All the animals covet Osebo’s drum, but he won’t let anyone else have it, not even Nyame, the Sky-God. So, Nyame offers a big reward to the animal that brings him the drum. All try — the monkey, the elephant, even the python — and all fail. Can a very small tortoise succeed in outwitting the boastful leopard?

Jessica Souhami’s vibrant collage illustrations, full of movement and humor, add additional appeal to this delightful story. The short, rhythmic text is perfect for reading aloud.

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User Review  - lvalido - LibraryThing

My favorite part of this book are the illustrations. The colors are beautiful, rich and deep. The strong mind prevails and beats the leopard. There are many versions of this story. I would share this one based on the pictures. Read full review

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User Review  - nfigue1 - LibraryThing

The Leopard’s Drum shares the story of Osebo, a leopard with a powerful instrument. The book contains simplistic, culture-based illustrations which give the story a true exotic feel. The animals are ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Jessica Souhami studied at the Central School of Art and Design. In 1980 she formed Mme Souhami and Co, a travelling puppet company using colourful shadow puppets with a musical accompaniment and a storyteller. Her illustrations, like her puppets, use brilliant colour and bold shapes and her characters leap and swoop across the spreads. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Sausages! , In the Dark, Dark Wood , Baba Yaga and the Stolen Baby , Leopard's Drum , No Dinner! , Rama and the Demon King , The Famous Adventures of a Bird Brained Hen , The Little, Little House , Mrs McCool and the Giant Cuchulainn and King Pom and the Fox . Jessica lives in North London.

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