Drummer Boy of John John
Author: Mark Greenwood
For Early Years/KS1
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Drummer Boy of John John A tribute to Carnival, this story is inspired by the early life of Winston 'Spree' Simon who was one of the first practitioners of the steel drum, today the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago. As a young boy, he can only dream of being in a prize-winning band until almost by accident he discovers the musical possibilities of old tins, cans and buckets in a junk yard. The Caribbean background is conjured up in colourful artwork matched by a simple text interwoven with streams of oversize words which playfully convey the percussive rhythms that help to form the sound track to Carnival. An afterword gives biographical information and a glossary of Trinidadian colloquialisms.