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Saryana and the Wonderful Djembe Drum 

By Madalina Hubert

Illustrated by Bella Maher 

Saryana wants a djembe drum, but Mom and Dad don’t want to get her one. Grandpa seems willing to help, but under one condition: Saryana must understand why she wants the drum.  

With hard work, perseverance, and help from a few magical birds, Saryana comes to understand the deeper meaning behind the djembe drum and even teaches her friends.


This story is a tribute to the West African djembe drum and the joy it brings to those who appreciate its beauty and wonder.

                                                          Read a Q & A with the author here. 

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