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

Title

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

Authors

Margarita Engle

Illustrator

Rafael Lopez

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9780544102293

Pages

46 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picturebook

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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 bongs̤. 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.

Grade Level

PK-1

Topic

Racial Diversity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Biracial; Multiracial; Gender nonconformity; biracial child; multiracial child; gender roles

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

African / Chinese / Cuban

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Gate City Book Award, 2017 - 2018
100 Magnificent Children's Books, 2015 Picture Book
50 Books about Peace and Social Justice, 2011-2016 Paths to Peace: Ideas and Actions for Change- Picture Book
Building STEAM with Dia, 2017 K-Grade 2
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, 2016 Ages 0-7

Keywords

drums; women; dreams; Cuba; defying antiquated rules

Diversity Impact

direct

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

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