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D Is for Drum: A Native American Alphabet (Alphabet Books) by [Michael Shoulders, Debbie Shoulders, Irving Toddy]

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Kindergarten-Grade 4–This title presents elements of Native American culture, arranged alphabetically. Rhyming text meant to be read aloud is paired with side panels offering more information on each topic. Earth-tone paintings of indigenous Americans in traditional dress accompany each topic. Unfortunately, most of the faces lack individuality and some are oddly distorted. Some topics, such as Osage Orange Tree, seem to have been selected more out of convenience than logic. The poetry is clunky, and no pronunciation guide is offered. Moreover, listeners may have difficulty differentiating between the many Native cultures if exposed to the rhyming text alone. Some side-panel explanations are confusing, most notably the description of potlatch. Cursory mention is made of modern nations, but the focus is clearly on elements of traditional culture.–Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
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Michael Shoulders has worked in the field of education for over thirty years. He is the author of several alphabet and counting books. He lives in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Debbie Shoulders has been an educator for many years, and currently teaches computer technology. She also writes a weekly column about new children’s books for her local newspaper.

Irving Toddy, along with his wife and six children call Arizona their home. He is the oldest son of famed Navajo painter, Beatien Yazz. Irving graduated from Utah State University, where he studied painting and illustration. His work is held in collections by both private and institutional collectors, and sold in galleries across the Southwest. He has also illustrated numerous children’s books, book covers, and articles for children’s magazines. Irving was awarded the "Best in Show" prize at the 64th Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial in Gallup, New Mexico.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00H3VZETG
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Sleeping Bear Press (December 5, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 5, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 18627 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
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Mike spent his childhood traveling in an army family to Fort Knox, KY, Fort Chaffee, AR, two visits to Germany, and Fort Campbell, KY. Mike graduated from Northwest High School (Clarksville, TN) in 1972 and earned a degree in education from Austin Peay State University (Clarksville, TN) in 1976. He taught for 14 years and then worked as an instructional supervisor until 2005. Mike earned his doctoral degree from Tennessee State University (Nashville, TN) in 2004.

Mike married Debbie Adams in 1974. They have three grown children: Jason, Ryan and Meghann. They have a standard poodle named Maggie, cat named Audrey, and a hedgehog named Dezi.

Mike attended the Governor's Academy for Teachers of Writing in 1995. He was bitten by the writing bug and has written for publication ever since! In 1997 he created a column called "Story Time" for Tennessee's oldest paper, The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle. In that weekly column, Mike reviewed children's literature, with an educator's slant. The column continues today, but, because of a demanding traveling schedule, his wife took over the column in 2003.

Mike visits nearly one hundred schools each year spreading his message that "Reading IS Magic."


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