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City Speaks In Drums Book & CD

by (author) Shauntay Grant

illustrated by Susan Tooke

Publisher
Nimbus Publishing
Initial publish date
May 2010
Category
General
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781551097664
    Publish Date
    May 2010
    List Price
    $26.95

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Out of print

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 10
  • Grade: 4 to 5

Description

Two boys from North End Halifax explore their neighbourhood and the city beyond, finding music everywhere. At the skate park, by the Public Gardens, down Spring Garden Road, and on the boardwalk, drums and saxophones and dancers and basketballs create the jumbled, joyful, pulsing rhythm of Halifax. Shauntay Grant''s playful spoken word-style poem and Susan Tooke''s vivid illustrations create a wildly energetic and appealing journey through the big, bright city.

About the authors

Shauntay Grant is a Canadian playwright, poet, performance artist, and children's author. She is an associate professor of creative writing at Dalhousie University, and former poet laureate for the City of Halifax. Her work examines African Nova Scotian and African diasporic history and folk culture, as well as contemporary approaches to literature and performance. Grant’s other honours include a Joseph S. Stauffer Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts, a Robert Merritt Award from Theatre Nova Scotia, a Best Atlantic Published Book Prize from the Atlantic Book Awards, a Poet of Honour prize from the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and a Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award from the Canadian Children's Book Centre for Africville (Groundwood Books).

Shauntay Grant's profile page

Born in New Jersey, Susan received her professional training from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia and the New School in New York. She moved to Canada in 1980, and has made Halifax, Nova Scotia her home. Working predominantly as a painter, Susan illustrated her first book in 2000, and has received the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration, and the Mayor’s Award for Brave Jack and the Unicorn. Her work is consistently chosen by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre as a starred selection for the Our Choice Award. In describing her artwork, Susan states: "I breathe real life into my images—the sounds, smells, colors, and idiosyncrasies of specific places and the people who inhabit them."

Susan Tooke's profile page

Awards

  • Short-listed, Shortlisted for Ann Connor Brimer Award
  • Winner, Lillian Shepherd Award

Librarian Reviews

The City Speaks in Drums

The sounds of the city create a fast-paced and exciting rhythmic poem as two boys from Halifax explore their neighbourhood. Basketball players, musicians, dancers and children bring the sounds of the city to life. Vivid, eye-catching illustrations capture the action and sights of this east coast city.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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