Multicultural Children’s Book Day! Review – The Call of Distant Drums by William Pisani

Tomorrow is the second annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day and I am a MCCBD reviewer! WOO!


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I got to review and AMAZING book for MCCBD! I am very happy to tell you about it.

Ththecalle Call of Distant Drums

By William Pisani

212 pages – ages 8-12+

Published by JoNa Books Publishing Company on September 1, 2005

Synopsis- From the back of the book: “The fierce Blackfoot — Blood. Never defeated in battle by the white man. But how much longer could they continue to roam free in the ancestral lands they had long held sacred.”

What I Liked- This is not a book of action. This is a book of reflection and thoughts. Sure, there is still action, but what makes this book wonderful is that it inspires pondering within you. The main character is an elderly Native American who had become adopted into the Blackfoot tribe when his people were marched to a reservation but he had escaped. Now that his life is almost done, and because his family has passed on, he has decided to migrate back to his homelands, like the spawning salmon. The story reflects his traveling and facing spirits in his way. Along the way, the man thinks back upon his life. I found the book overall just incredible. Mr. Pisani’s writing style draws you into the mind of the main character. The story  is compelling and is very believable and seems to be very well researched. Mr. Pisani captures the feel of the Native American nations and their beliefs. He shares their heart-break over the loss of their tribal lands. The story is very moving. I think that kids 8+ would like the book, but to really appreciate the story, I’d recommend it to kids 12 and older.

This is an example of a book where I wish my rating scale went higher.fivebooks

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Categories: Age 12+, Age 6-9, Age 9+

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30 replies

  1. Sounds like a very moving story. (It says a lot that you would give it a higher rating.) Will put it on my list. Great review, Erik!

  2. Oh, I would love to read this story. You’re right it really sounds like a book of reflection and dealing with loss of a way of life. We both reviewed Native American stories. Excellent review.

  3. Looks and sounds like a very nice book, Erik. And whoo-hoo, so many links to check out. Thanks, and Happy Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

  4. Wow, sounds like a great book!

  5. This is a book I need to get my hands on.

  6. An excellent choice and a well written review.

  7. This sounds fabulous, Erik! And you reviewed it so well.

  8. I must get my paws on this one, as I am fascinated by Native American culture. Your review is just stellar!

  9. Reblogged this on ♥Lobo's Follies♥ and commented:
    Today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day! Celebrate #ReadYourWorld!

  10. Definitely going on my to read list. Thanks for sharing it on MCCBD…..

  11. I’m so excited to read this book Erik. Thanks for your very thoughtful review and for celebrating Multicultural Children’s Book Day with us!!

  12. There were so many books submitted for Multicultural Children’s Book Day and your choice was superb. I look more reflective children’s books.

  13. I like the sound of drums. And I find those Native Americans pretty fascinating. I’ll have to sniff this one out! Thanks Erik!

  14. Wow . A very moving review of what sounds like a really thought-provoking book.

  15. Thanks for the shout-out! 😀


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