Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music by Margarita EngleDrum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music

byMargarita EngleIllustratorRafael Lopez

Hardcover | March 31, 2015

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Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an island filled with music, 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.
Margarita Engle is a Cuban-American poet and novelist whose work has been published in many countries. Her many acclaimed books include Silver People, The Lightning Dreamer, The Wild Book, and The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor Book. She is a several-time winner of the Pura Belpre and Americas awards, as well as other prestigious ho...
Title:Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed MusicFormat:HardcoverDimensions:48 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.42 inPublished:March 31, 2015Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0544102290

ISBN - 13:9780544102293


Rated 5 out of 5 by from WHY NOT? It's a great story for girls who are stereotyped by the community! Anything related to music, we love to read...
Date published: 2017-02-09

Editorial Reviews

2017 Carnegie Medal winner * A beautiful account of a young girl's bravery and her important contribution toward gender equality in the creative arts." - Kirkus, starred review * "The heroine's tenacity in the face of naysayers will inspire all dreamers, and the illustrator's smile-inducing cameo on the last page emphasizes the universality of Millo's story? For those looking for more nonfiction titles about female musical powerhouses." - School Library Journal, starred review "The text and illustrations work together beautifully here, creating a story that will imbue readers with inspiration and a yearning to make music of their own." -Booklist "A valuable addition to the growing library of stories about strong Latina women." -Publishers Weekly "With its emphasis on artistry and visual metaphor, this title bears a strong kinship with Yuyi Morales' Viva Frida, but it also brings an accessibility that young viewers (and teachers) will appreciate." -Bulletin "Engle's poetic text takes its cues from Zaldarriaga's chosen instrument, its rhythm at times steadily assured and at others loose and improvisational? [E]very spread is full of motion, with some of the illustrations requiring a ninety-degree turn, as if the book itself has got to dance." -Horn Book Magazine "Engle's poetic narrative combined with Lopez's warmly ethereal folk-art illustrations to evoke a nighttime tropical dreamscape." -New York Times Book Review "