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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
The World is My Drum by Amber Richards is a delightful little picture book. A small boy, Hudson, loves to play with his drums. In fact, he loves to play more with his drumsticks, creating rhythms on all kinds of different surfaces around the house, except things that are breakable - like windows and people. He enjoys learning about the different sounds that he can make on different objects. He likes to beat his drums and other 'found' percussion instruments as fast as possible. He also likes to play them very slowly. He is learning about sound, about rhythm and about how music is such a vital part of life.
One day, Hudson decides to put on a concert for his parents. He arranges his drums and 'found' percussion instruments in a semi-circle around him and begins his performance. He plays fast and he plays slow. When he finishes, he hangs his head rather bashfully, wondering what his parents will think of his performance. "Bravo!" they applaud him. They want to know how Hudson had become so good playing the drums. He says, "The world is my drum and I practice, a lot!"
Music, rhythm, all types of sounds are such an important part of our world, such an important part of life. Author Amber Richards' delightful little story shares with young pre-readers the importance of music, of practicing and of sharing our talents. These are important lessons for young children. Amber has written several children's books, as well as a wide variety of cooking and self-help books. A wonderful story. Well done!