The Honey Drum : Seven Tales From Arab Land by Gwendolyn MacEwen
“Collectors of folklore will want this book…The strangeness of these tales is their most appealing feature.”
– Literature & Language
The Honey Drum is a collection of seven, simply written folk tales, five of them freely translated from traditional Arab tales. Although the other two, “The Black Goat” and “The Ghoul,” are the author’s original stories, they are written in the same spirit and style as the others and their insertion in the middle of the volume does not interrupt the continuity. The type is large and clear, and black and-white drawings are adequate for the individual reader, but too small to be used in a read-aloud situation. Recommended for readers of all ages who enjoy fairy tales and folklore.
Gwendolyn MacEwen was born in 1941 and is considered one of Canada’s greatest poets. She won the Governor General’s Award and the A.J.M. Smith Poetry Award. Her work is internationally recognized and admired. She wrote poetry, fiction, plays, verse drama and documentaries for radio.