Publisher: Philomel Books
Ages: 4 to 8
Synopsis: A toy drummer boy mysteriously appears on a child's doorstep. The drummer boy plays his drum and discovers the meaning of love. But when he accidentally falls into the trash, the drummer boy is sent on a scary and snowy adventure. He shares the only gift he has, the gift of his drumming, and with the help of others finds his way home again.
Why you should read it: The illustrations are breath taking but it is the story that grabs my heart this holiday season. With Thanksgiving just a few days away and the season of forgiveness and love just around the corner, this simple story brings such joy to young readers as they follow the drummer boy's journey into a somewhat darker world. What the little drummer boy didn't realize is that the only gift he had to share left the world he left behind a little brighter.
Like-O-Meter Rating: 5 out of 5...grab it!