Reviewed by Sobia Naseer
The Little Green Drum is part of the Early Readers collection of books published by Orion Books. It is written by Taghreed Najjar, retold by Lucy Coats and illustrated by Hassan Manasrah.
I was delighted to receive it for reviewing and I snuggled up to read it with my eight year old son, because it is that kind of book. It tells the story of Samia whose dad has the very important job of being the Dawn waker-upper during the holy month of Ramadan. And then one day he becomes ill and Samia has a big job to do. It is obviously set in a time before the existence of technology that can fulfil such requirements. They live in a village called Lifta where all the houses are ‘on the side of a steep hill’. The illustrations of the trees, the dark blue sky and silvery moon are beautiful and really draw you into the story.
I found this book beautiful written and illustrated and it helped awaken my child’s imagination. My children can relate to the story as we are of the Islamic faith but it also provides an interesting read for children of other faiths and cultures. There is a lovely information section at the end about Ramadan. We are told that the book is based on the true story of the author who with the rest of the villagers had to leave Lifta and could never return. It really brings home how people, especially children suffer during wars, after leaving their homes and memories behind.
Me and my son enjoyed reading this book and the illustrations are beautiful.
RRP: £4.99 (paperback) / £2.99 (Kindle)
Available to buy from Amazon here.