Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich

The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich was published in 2006, and this novel is beautiful. I listened to the audio version and enjoyed it.

The story begins with Faye Travers who buys and sells family estates. She discovers a rare moose skin and cedar drum made by an Ojibwe artisan. I'll let you discover what she does with the drum, but the novel follows the story of the drum. Part two is told by Bernard Shaawano. Part three is told in third person about a girl and her siblings. In part four, Faye Travers comes back and ties everything together.

This story covers many years and is beautifully told. I look forward to reading this story again because it is one that has many layers, so I'm sure I'll find more treasures. I want to read it and annotate in the novel.

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

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