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Drummer Hoff

by Barbara and Ed Emberley (and Ed Emberley is the illustrator)

This book is actually about a group of soldiers firing off a cannon but it is so colorful and full or repetitive, rhyming language that very young children will listen and then be able to “read” the story to you.  It is so ornate it won the Caldecott Award. Drummer Hoff sort of looks like a holiday nutcracker which made me think of it today.  This book is one teachers and parents can reference when teaching ordinal numbers (first, second, third, and so on).  

What fun when the cannon goes off and the children are allowed to make some noise.  They also enjoy lining up in order and marching. Make simple number signs for them to hold.  After a turn while you read the story, let the children with numbers select others to be next for a rereading. Some people think this is a pro-war book and some think it has an anti-war message, as the cannon is abandoned in a field at the end of the book.  To children, I think it is just a cartoon like fun book to memorize. Level J

Ordinal numbers holiday theme free PDF, 3 page FREE, opens here

Drummer Hoff free printable for ordinal number practice

This clothing activity could also accompany the book for a center or tray activity. Which clothing item is first? Which is last? More practice for ordinal numbers, as well as fine motor practice. Drummer Hoff probably needs to do laundry sometimes, or maybe the Christmas elves?


Happy reading, Carolyn