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City Speaks In Drums Book & CD

by Shauntay Grant
illustrated by Susan Tooke

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list price: $26.95
published: 2010
publisher: Nimbus Publishing
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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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  • Short-listed, Shortlisted for Ann Connor Brimer Award
  • Winner, Lillian Shepherd Award
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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.

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About the Authors

Shauntay Grant

SHAUNTAY GRANT is a descendant of Black Loyalists, Jamaican Maroons and Black Refugees who migrated to Canada some two hundred years ago. A writer and performance artist, she has won the Joseph S. Stauffer Prize, and she has published several picture books. Shauntay also lectures in the Creative Writing Program at Dalhousie University. Her professional degrees and training include the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of British Columbia, and the Bachelor of Journalism program at the University of King’s College. She lives in Halifax.
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Susan Tooke

Susan Tooke is an award-winning artist and children's book illustrator whose work has been exhibited across North America. In 2003, she received the Halifax Mayor's Award for Illustration, and she is a three-time winner of the Lillian Sheppard Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration, for Full Moon Rising, Up Home, and The City Speaks in Drums. She lives in Halifax. Visit Susan Tooke's art blog.

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