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Drum Dream Girl : How One Girl's Courage Changed Music
by Margarita Engle and Rafael Lopez


Overview - Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an islandfilled withmusic, no one questioned that rule until the drum dream girl. In her city of drumbeats, she dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongos. She had to keep quiet. She had to practice in secret.  Read more...

 
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More About Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle; Rafael Lopez
 
 
 
Overview
Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an islandfilled withmusic, no one questioned that rule until the drum dream girl. In her city of drumbeats, she dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongos. She had to keep quiet. She had to practice in secret. But when at last her dream-bright music was heard, everyone sang and danced and decided that both girls and boys should be free to drum and dream.
Inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba's traditional taboo against female drummers, Drum Dream Girl tells an inspiring true story for dreamers everywhere."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780544102293
  • ISBN-10: 0544102290
  • Publisher: Hmh Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: March 2015
  • Page Count: 48
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-8


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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Poetry - General
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Music
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Girls & Women

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-01-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

A riot of tropical color adds sabor to the tale of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who dreams “of pounding tall conga drums,/ tapping small bongó drums/ and boom boom booming/ with long, loud sticks/ on big, round, silvery/ moon-bright timbales.” Everybody in Cuba believes that only boys should play the drums, and her own father forbids her to perform, but the “drum dream girl” (as she’s referred to throughout) finds her own drums, practices, and persists until her father relents and hires a teacher. Lopez’s (Tito Puente, Mambo King) paintings fuse dream and reality as the girl flies through the air, drumming on the moon and making music with butterflies and birds; Engle’s (Silver People) lines dance with percussive sound words and rhythmic repetition. Though an afterword reveals that Zaldarriaga later became famous enough to perform for Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Engle focuses on her initial struggles rather than her subsequent career. A valuable addition to the growing library of stories about strong Latina women. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Michelle Humphrey, Martha Kaplan Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Stefanie von Borstel, Full Circle Literary. (Mar.)

 
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