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The Little Drummer Boy

Adapted by Bernadette Watts / Illustrated by Bernadette Watts
Published by NorthSouth Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

The world-famous Christmas carol, retold and illustrated by the legendary European artist Bernadette Watts.

A poor boy owns nothing but his precious drum, which he humbly plays for the people of his town. But when news comes of a newborn king, shepherds, strangers, and even common townsfolk travel from far and wide to honor him. The little boy hesitates to visit, convinced he has nothing with which to honor the child… Until the sounds of his drumming fill the winter night with wonder and happiness. Bernadette’s atmospheric illustrations depict this Christmas story with a charm that is second to none.

About The Illustrator

Bernadette Watts, known throughout Europe simply as Bernadette, has illustrated many dozens of folk- and fairy tales. Born in England, she loved to draw from childhood. She studied at the Maidstone Art School in Kent, UK, and for some time was taught by Brian Wildsmith and David Hockney. Bernadette’s many beautiful books include The Snow Queen and The Little Drummer Boy. Bernadette finds her inspiration in nature. Today she lives and works in Kent. She has been illustrating for NorthSouth Books and NordSüd Verlag since the beginning of her career fifty years ago.

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Raves and Reviews

The beautiful illustrations are filled with detail and seem to be lit from above by the star. A lovely retelling of the classic song.

– Katrina Yurenka, Youth Services Book Review

For families interested in revisiting a favorite Christmas theme.

– Kirkus Reviews

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