The City Speaks in Drums by Shauntay Grant and Susan Tooke

Grant, S., & Tooke, S. (illustrator). (2010). The City Speaks in Drums. Halifax, NS: Nimbus Publishing.


In this spoken word picture book, a pair of friends explore the lively city of Halifax and all that it has to offer.

Grant’s verse has a rhythm that moves the story along as Tooke’s illustrations brings us to familiar parts of the city, from the waterfront to the old public library to the Public Gardens.

My only drawback in reading this book is that I didn’t get the accompanying CD, which would have enhanced Grant’s beautiful verse. Overall, however, this story welcomes people to the city of Halifax in a fun and entertaining way.

Readers from near and far, old and young will enjoy this story.

I give this book a 4.5 out of 5.

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