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Patakín: World Tales of Drums and Drummers (with bonus CD)

ABOUT THE BONUS CD: A graduate of Wesleyan University’s renowned World Music Program, Nina Jaffe is herself a drummer who plays congas, dumbek and talking drums (Afro-Caribbean, Middle Eastern and West African percussion). Now working with two master musicians she has recorded four of the stories, making them come alive with sounds you can hear for yourself. For readers who love drumming and drummers who love folktales, Patakín is an irresistible collection.

Selected Works

picture book
"Mendel the peddler and his hard-working wife are so poor they can't buy a single potato for Hanukkah but, miraculously, their daughters fall asleep contented each night after smelling the delicious aroma of latkes...A winning tale, unusually well told and presented". (for purchase)
Folktale picture book
"Glowing colors, stylized figures... are the hallmarks of the eye-catching art, while the spare, clipped prose makes this a folktale beginning readers can tackle". - SLJ (for purchase)
"Children will enjoy the triumph of the outcast as well as the loving connections between the generations and between the stories." -Booklist (for purchase)
Folklore collection
Recounting ten myths about drums and drummers from around the globe, Jaffe shows readers both the universal power of drums and the richness of folk traditions. Patakín brings rhythm to life -- on the page! (for purchase)
Folktale anthology
" This fine collection of folktales underscoring differing cultural values and way of considering justice...seem particulary timely for families with school-age children". -New York Times Book Review (for purchase)