Civil War Drummer Boy

Civil War Drummer Boy

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Putnam Juvenile; First Edition edition (May 10, 2012)

Johnny, practice, tap, tap, tap.  Every signal has a rap.  Some for fighting, One, “Wake up!” One beat tells me, “Time to sup.”

As the southern states begin seceding from the Union, young Johnny, who lives on a plantation, enlists as a drummer boy for the Confederacy.  In rhyme, the author describes the duties of a drummer boy and what the Civil War was like.  The rhythm of the text matches the rhythm of the drum.  This would be a great read-aloud to introduce the time period.

ISBN: 978-0399239922

32 pages

Recommended by Alice L. Cyphers, Librarian and Reading Specialist, Pennsylvania, USA

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