Li’l Dan, the Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story


Hardcover – September 1, 2003

by Henry Louis Jr. Gates (Foreword), Romare Bearden (Author, Illustrator), Maya Angelou (Reader)

Li’l Dan, a slave on a Southern plantation, loves to play his drum. When a company of Union soldiers announce that the slaves have been set free, Dan has no place to go, so he follows the soldiers, who make him their mascot. But Confederate soldiers attack, and Dan discovers that he is the only one who can save his friends.
The only children’s book ever written and illustrated by legendary American artist Romare Bearden, Li’l Dan, the Drummer Boy was just recently discovered. Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. has written a personal introduction to the book, describing his own memories of the artist while Bearden created this memorable tale.
On an accompanying CD, Dr. Maya Angelou, three-time Grammy Award winner for spoken word recordings, reads the text.



Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Lexile Measure: AD760L (What’s this?)
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Book and CD edition (September 1, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0689862377
ISBN-13: 978-0689862373
Product Dimensions: 12 x 0.5 x 9.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds