Calling the Water Drum

Title

Calling the Water Drum

Authors

LaTisha Redding

Illustrator

Aaron Boyd

Publisher

Lee & Low Books

Publication Year

2016

ISBN

9781620141946

Pages

32 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

A young boy loses both parents as they attempt to flee Haiti for a better life, and afterward is only able to process his grief and communicate with the outside world through playing the drums.

Grade Level

K-3; 3-5

Lexile Measure

AD550L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Family member death; Legal guardianship; Kinship care; Immigrants and refugees; death of a parent; death of a mother; death of a father; grief; family tragedy; loss; children living with relatives; uncle raising nephew; immigrant children; immigrant family; immigrant parents; relocation; resettlement; emigration

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

Latinx (Haitian)

Family Formation

mother and father; uncle

Awards

Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2016

Keywords

drum; selective mutism; orphans; New York; Hatian Americans; Haiti; boat; boat trip; rescue; friendship

Diversity Impact

direct

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