The Leopard’s Drum


Listen to the story:

‘The Leopard’s Drum’ illustrated by Jessica Souhami

theme: an Asante tale from West Africa

Osebo the leopard has a fine drum, a huge drum, a magnificent drum. All the animals covet Osebo’s drum, but he won’t let anyone else have it, not even Nyame, the Sky-God. So, Nyame offers a big reward to the animal that brings him the drum. All try — the monkey, the elephant, even the python — and all fail. Can a very small tortoise succeed in outwitting the boastful leopard?

* Made by Myatt Garden parents in 2003.