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 Pokko and the drum
 Author: Forsythe, Matthew


 Publisher: PAULA WISEMAN BOOKS
 Pub Year: 2019

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [56] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 346827 ISBN: 9781481480390
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Subjects:
 Forest animals -- Fiction
 Musicians -- Fiction
 Drum -- Fiction

Price: $20.71

Summary:
When Pokko plays her drum in the forest she suddenly finds herself surrounded by an entire band of animal musicians.


Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (07/15/19)
   School Library Journal (10/01/19)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2019 PreS-Gr 1—An omniscient narrator explains the story's central problem on the first page: "The biggest mistake Pokko's parents ever made was giving her a drum." It was, apparently, not an isolated error in judgment by these amphibians. Readers observe the young frog positioning herself in a slingshot, riding a llama in the living room, borne aloft by a balloon. The apron-wearing father keeps lamenting their latest purchase to his constantly reading wife, who can't hear anything due to the din. Forsythe's watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil compositions employ a warm palette of browns, oranges, reds, yellows, and greens. Polka-dot, patchwork, and striped patterns against cream-colored backgrounds create a cozy environment. When her father encourages drumming outside their homey mushroom, Pokko enters a lush forest with Matisse-like flora—but soon a reddish-yellow light permeates the page, and the eerie quiet causes her to start tapping "just to keep herself company." She is soon followed by a banjo-playing raccoon, a trumpet-wielding rabbit, a host of other instrumentalists, and an appreciative audience. Children may identify some characters from rhymes and folk tales. In addition to being a talented musician (something the father comes to recognize), the protagonist also proves to be an effective band leader. Faced with unsavory behavior from a wolf, she confronts him and earns a sincere apology; the show goes on. VERDICT Creative design and painterly scenes portray a heroine who takes risks and follows her heart into experiences that bring a little danger, but also joy and satisfaction.—Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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