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Isla's New Drum

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Isla’s New Drum is Shane Hartman’s debut children’s book. The story is a contemporary story that Shane wrote for his daughter after he had made her a drum and gifted it to her. Isla loved her new drum!

Isla has been given a new drum that she loves dearly but she doesn’t have a song to sing to her new drumbeat,

Boom ba ba boom

Boom ba ba boom
Boom ba ba boom boom

So, Isla decides to ask some forest friends to help her make a new song. Each friend offers Isla what they can, showing true generosity. Each friend also offers a message that is important to keeping Mother Earth healthy and strong. In return, Isla plays her drum for each friend as she gives back what she can. Isla discovers so much more than her new song!

Educator Information
The Dakelh (Carrier) words included in this book were referenced from The Central Carrier Bilingual Dictionary. The Carrier Language belongs to the Athapaskan language family and has three major dialects: Northern - Babine Lake, Central - Stuart lake, Southern - locations as far south as Anahim Lake.

Keywords / Themes: Drum; Indigenous Canadian, Environmental Awareness, Friendship, Music; Nak'azdli Whut'en.

Recommended for Preschool - Grade 1 

Additional Information
32 pages | Colour illustrations | 22 x 28 cm | Paperback 

Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Preschool, kindergarten, grade 1