The Reindeer and the Drum
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Anna goes to stay with her relations in Lapland. Their strangely alien way of life at first astonishes and frightens Anna but the warmth of their welcome overcomes her apprehension and she is absorbed into the life of reindeer herds and sledge journeys by night. Anna develops a special relationship with her grandmother and an insight into some mysterious Lap legends which could save the family fortunes. This is both a well-observed, sensitive story and an exciting tale which demands to be read to the finish. The Arctic setting is created with a wealth of detail and forms a picturesque backcloth to a story which should appeal to many nines and over for reading to themselves and would read aloud well to younger children. Useful for enlarging into project, movement or craft work. Highly recommended.