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The Leopard's Drum: An Asante Tale from West Africa

by Jessica Souhami

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Osebo is a leopard who has a large, magnificent drum. He plays it in the forest, and he will not let anyone else touch the drum. One day, the Sky-God, Nyame, wants to borrow the drum, but Osebo will not let him. Nyame tells the animals that whoever brings him the drum will receive a great reward. Different animals try to take Osebo’s drum, but they are not successful. The last animal to attempt to take the drum is a tortoise. The other animals tell the tortoise that he has no chance, but the tortoise tries anyway. Instead of trying to steal the drum like the other animals did, the tortoise outsmarts the leopard, trapping him inside of the drum and bringing it to Nyame. As a reward, the tortoise is granted a hard shell for protection, which tortoises still have today.
I thought this was a very cute tale about how the tortoise got a hard shell. I also think it is a good book to show students not to be greedy. The leopard would not let anyone near his drum because he wanted it all for himself. In the end, the leopard was outsmarted and Nyame got the drum. ( )
  mkstorey | Mar 17, 2017 |
Osebo, the leopard, had the most magnificent drum in all of West Africa. Every animal envied Osebo, especially the Sky God. When Osebo refused to give Nyame his drum, he challenged all of the animals in the forest to retrieve the drum. All of the animals tried but unfortunately failed. No snake, elephant, or monkey could get past Osebo. It was up to the tortoise to get the drum, even though the odds were against him and no one thought he could do it, Achi-cheri believed! With much determination Achi-cheri was able to trick Osebo and retrieve the drum for Nyame. Because of this courageous act, Nyame awarded Achi-cheri with a hard shell to protect tortoises from all of the dangerous predators out there. Legend has it this is why tortoises still have their hard shells today.
The strongest, fastest, and biggest people don't always come out to be the winners. With self confidence, motivation and determination, anyone can achieve anything. Although it is cliché, never judge a book by it's cover. No one believed in Achi-cheri but because he believed in himself he was able to reach his goals. The author did a great job relaying such a powerful message. This book also included West African culture by including the Sky God.
  Jmreed1 | Feb 17, 2016 |
Osebo is a leopard who thinks has the biggest and most magnificent drum. He is very selfish with his drum and will not let anyone play it. He won't even let the Sky God play it. The Sky God gets upset with the leopard and sends all the other animals on a mission to steel the drum away. Plenty of animals try, but fail. That was until the tortoise tried. People underestimated him because he was so slow and could never out run a leopard. The tortoise proves everyone wrong because he stills away the drum with this cleverness.

This is a great story. It is a lot like the story of the Tortoise and the Hare. The tortoise may be small and slow, but that does not mean anything. It teaches that your appearance does not always matter and you should give everything a shot. ( )
  ashleyschifano | Nov 25, 2014 |
The Leopard’s Drum shares the story of Osebo, a leopard with a powerful instrument. The book contains simplistic, culture-based illustrations which give the story a true exotic feel. The animals are illustrated in a collage-like format with bold colors. This book not only reveals an aspect of West Africa’s culture, but teaches the audience not to underestimate someone and/or something because of their size. Despite being small, the smallest creator can outsmart his/her surrounding peers. This is a great read for children be faced with or attempting to overcome bullying! ( )
  nfigue1 | Oct 6, 2014 |
I grabbed a folktale from West Africa called The Leapord's Drum: An Asante Tale from West Africa. It is a wonderful tale about how the turtle got such a hard shell. It starts with the tiger making a very large and desireable drum. The sky god tells the animals of the forest to take the drum from the tiger and give it to him. None of the animals succeeded but the little (then soft-shelled) turtle. What a small and 8nassuming animal has a chance against a the fierce and protective tiger to get his drum when the monkey and elephant just tried unsuccessfully? Well we find out that the turtle out-whitted the tiger and got the drum for the skygod with the tiger inside! How clever!
  schenk2 | Oct 6, 2013 |
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When Osebo the leopard refuses to share his magnificent drum with Nyame, the Sky God, Nyame offers a reward to the animal who can bring him the drum, and a small tortoise undertakes the task of outwitting Osebo.

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Osebo the leopard has a magnificent drum that he won't share with anyone else. So Nayme, the Sky-God, offers a reward to the animal who will bring him the drum.

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