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

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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.

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"López's zinging, neon-tinged art highlights the island's diversity, depicting the drum girl's flights of fancy set against the backdrop of carnival scenes and outdoor cafes. Details of Cuba's and the protagonist's Chinese, African, Taíno, and Spanish roots are seamlessly interwoven into the lyrical narrative and luminous acrylic paintings. The alliterative text parallels the snappy syncopation of the subject's instruments. 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." -- Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Margarita Engle
Illustrator Rafael Lopez
ISBN 0544102290
Publication Date Mar 31, 2015
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers
Award Winners Pura Belpré Award
Language English