The Little Drummer Boy
Based on the Christmas Song
The world-famous Christmas carol, retold and illustrated by the legendary European artist Bernadette Watts.
A poor boy owns nothing but his precious drum, which he humbly plays for the people of his town. But when news comes of a newborn king, shepherds, strangers, and even common townsfolk travel from far and wide to honor him. The little boy hesitates to visit, convinced he has nothing with which to honor the child… Until the sounds of his drumming fill the winter night with wonder and happiness. Bernadette’s atmospheric illustrations depict this Christmas story with a charm that is second to none.
Watts infuses the scenes with light, gently illuminating tiled rooftops and flooding the Nativity with a golden glow. A bright, traditional retelling of the classic.
The beautiful illustrations are filled with detail and seem to be lit from above by the star. A lovely retelling of the classic song
Youth Services Book Review
The song, with its soft, repetitive refrain and first-person perspective, leaves room for the imagination to fill in the emotional range of a magical experience.