Steel Drums (Made by Hand #3)

by Patricia Lakin (Author) Glenn Rowsey (Illustrator)

Steel Drums (Made by Hand #3)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Made by Hand
Go behind the scenes and learn how craftsman Glenn Rowsey makes one-of-a-kind steel drums by hand with this nonfiction book that's full of photographs and illustrations about his process. Tap-happy Glenn was inspired and taught by the Father of the Modern Steel Drum, Ellie Mannette. This book gives a step-by-step glimpse at Glenn's creative process for making and tuning pans--from start to finish--with love and care. It also features a timeline and history detailing how the passion of generations of determined people from Trinidad gave birth to this percussion instrument. Charts, infographics, and bold photographs will inspire kids to make their own objects by hand.
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Patricia Lakin
Patricia Lakin, a former elementary school teacher and an award-winning author, has written more than fifty published works. Her books, both fiction and nonfiction, span multiple age groups--from toddlers to middle graders. Patricia lives in New York City with her husband, Lee Koenigsberg. They have two grown sons, Aaron and Benjahmin. When not reading, writing, or researching, she can be found traveling with Lee to far-off places in the world.

Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of the acclaimed picture books Locomotive, winner of the Caldecott Medal and a New York Times bestseller; Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11; and Lightship, each a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book. He is the illustrator of numerous additional books, including Avi's Poppy series. You can visit him online at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Aladdin Paperbacks
Publication date
December 20, 2018
Made by Hand
BISAC categories
JUV000000 - Juvenile Fiction | General
Library of Congress categories
History and criticism
Design and construction
Steel drum (Musical instrument)
Trinidad and Tobago

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