ISBN 9789988647063
Pages 105
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2008
Publisher Sub-Saharan Publishers, Ghana
Format Hardback

The Cross Drums

by Meshack Asare

Selected by the International Youth Library, Munich, for the 2009 White Ravens list of outstanding new books for children and young adults.

Meshack Asare is an internationally renowned writer and illustrator, and the recipient of my book awards. This new story, promoting peace and tolerance, is an uplifting story for young people. It tells of two villages who come together, motivated and harnessed by the “cross drums” , because the drums call to each other and blend as one. And some say that the laughter which can be heard, is the laughter of the wise man who gave them the drums; and others believe the wise man is the ancestral king whose two sons founded the villages.

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About the Author

Meshack Asare

Meshack Asare is one of Africa's top children's writers and illustrators, and has won numerous awards including being the 2015 recipient of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, he is the first African to win the award. In 1982 he won The Noma Award for Publishing in Africa, and in 1999 the Toyota/Children's Literature Foundation Best Picture Story Book Illustrator's award and the Unesco First Prize for Children and Young People's Literature in the Service of Tolerance.

Meshack Asare, born 1945 in Ghana, studied Fine Arts at the College of Art in Kumasi and taught in Ghana for 12 years between 1967 and 1979. During that period, he took an extension course in Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin.

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