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Siegelson, Kim L. and Brian Pinkney (Illustrator).
New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 1999
IL K-3 RL 4.2
ISBN 078680436X

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

In all of our lives we each have someone that we look up to so much.  Sometimes it's our parents,
grandparents, or friends.  There are also times in our lives when we don't like what the future brings.  This is the legend of Mentu's grandmother Twi.  She was a very strong lady who decided to change the lives of the enslaved Ibo people who just arrived in the United States.  Find out why this legend has been passed down from generation to generation by reading "In the Time of the Drums" by Kim L. Siegelson. (Karen Womack, graduate student, <> )

Booktalk #2

Ask students if their grandparents or parents have told them stories that have been passed down through their family.  Get a few to relate their stories.  Afterwards, ask if family stories are important or not?  Is so, why?  If not, why?  Tell them a little history about oral tradition.  Introduce this story and tell children that it is a family story handed down and how it enriches families' lives and fabric of history. ("Naomi Bates" <>)

SUBJECTS:     Slave insurrections -- Fiction
                        African Americans -- Fiction
                        Igbo (African people) -- Fiction
                       Grandmothers -- Fiction


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