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Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage…

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

by Margarita Engle, Rafael López (Illustrator)

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This was probably one of my favorite books of the course. Brilliant colored illustrations. The girl in the story is so passionate about music. This would be a great book to share with students to discuss our passions, determination, sexism and following our hearts.
  bault | Aug 15, 2017 |
Engle, M., & Lopez, R. (2015). Drum Dream Girl. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

Drum Dream Girl is a beautiful, rhythmic, vibrant picture book. This is based on the true story of Margarita Engle, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba's taboo against girls playing the drums.

The character of the Drum Dream Girl represents all of the girls wishing and dreaming to do something that everyone tells them not to do. Even so, she continues to do what she loves until finally she proves to everyone that she can, in fact play the drums just as well as any boy, if not better.

The setting of Cuba is richly shown in the gorgeous illustrations of Lopez, with bright, vivid colors and diverse characters.

The plot is simple but relatable. The theme of not giving up on your dreams is very important and done well without feeling like a sermon.

The style of rhythm, alliteration, and repetition make this a wonderful book to read aloud to young readers and the bright illustrations enhance the text. I would recommend this to young readers, especially girls, who enjoy stories about girls doing things that boys can and going after their dreams. ( )
  KellyHedine | Jun 13, 2017 |
It was a good read, fun style and entertaining story. Definitely crazy to think that they wouldn't allow women to drum, but they would allow them to play other instruments. Possibly a good discussion for a classroom.
  Cara_M | Jun 12, 2017 |
This book tells the story of a girl who wants to be a drummer but is constantly told that she cannot because she is a girl. Even though people try to discourage her, she continues to dream of being a drummer until she finally gets her chance. This book offers a great opportunity to discuss gender differences and also the importance of holding on to the dreams that inspire you, even if people try to discourage you.
  williamlong33 | May 14, 2017 |
I love that it is a story inspired by a real girl who went against the cultural beliefs about what women can and cannot do. Teaching kids who read it that if you dream it, then you can do it. The art is very special, I can almost hear the music through the page.
  kmcfadden | May 9, 2017 |
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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 bongós. 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:48:27 -0400)

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