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

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Read Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music Online Free - 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.

Title : Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music
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ISBN : 0544102290
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 48 pages


Lindsay rated it ★★★★★

April 26, 2016

A Margarita Engle picture book, people!!!!! Not surprisingly, I love the text--I adore Engle's use of poetry to introduce readers to various achievements by Cubans. In writing a picture book, she hit the jackpot with Rafael Lopez. His illustrations are bold and bright, perfect for reflecting the t...

Alison rated it ★★★★★

May 01, 2017

Stunning illustrations illuminate the pages of this beautiful biography of a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke the Cuban taboo against female drummers. YES, you read that right. Even tapping your hands on resonant objects was once off-limits to the ladies. If that's not reason enough to read t...

Jason rated it ★★★★★

April 27, 2015

Girls should be allowed to do anything they want! Including play the drums! A beautifully written and illustrated book. Very rich palette of colors.

Tasha rated it ★★★★★

May 14, 2015

Inspired by a true story, this picture book is about a girl who refused to allow societal rules to stop her from her musical dreams. In Cuba, girls were not drummers, but one girl dreamed of pounding drums big and small and making amazing music. Everyone said that only boys could be drummers thou...

Linda rated it ★★★★★

May 02, 2015

This ‘drum dream girl’, an African-Chinese-Cuban girl broke the taboo that only boys could play drums. The story/poem is lovely, filled with those wonderful drumming sounds, at first in drum dream girl’s imagination, then finally in real places. We read “the clack of woodpecker beats” and the “co...

Edward rated it ★★★★☆

April 15, 2015

A beautifully illustrated story based on the life of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga who breaks Cuba's traditional taboo against female drummers and becomes a world-famous musician.

Ali rated it ★★★★★

April 19, 2015

Lyrical writing and gorgeous illustrations. An inspiring, empowering story for all ages. My primary students loved it. It's getting a lot of attention on our "favorites" bookshelf.

Laura rated it ★★★★★

December 20, 2015

Inspiring story with gorgeous, vibrant, original illustrations.

Sarah Mae rated it ★★★★★

February 06, 2016

Awesome story about a the girl who broke Cuba's taboo against female drummers. Poetic words and beautiful illustrations. another on my to buy list.

Kristine rated it ★★★★☆

October 07, 2015

I love the colors, the fantastic illustrations, the girl who wants only to drum. I love how she doesn't give up despite what she's told, and how she finally convinces the world around her to give her a chance. Again, this is one of those biographies about someone that I've never heard of, but wis...

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