Review by Sujei Lugo
Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an island filled with music and rhythm, no one questioned that rule — until the drum dream girl. She longed to play tall congas and small bongós and silvery, moon-bright timbales. She had to practice in secret. But when at last her music was heard, everyone sang and danced and decided that boys and girls should be free to drum and dream. Continue reading.
Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle
Illustrator: Rafael Lopez
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 2015
Genres: Asian American, Caribbean, Girls and Women, Music, OwnVoices
Reading Level: Grade K, Grades 1-2
Review Source: Latinx in Kid Lit
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Also by this author: The Sky Painter, Hurricane Dancers, Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
Publisher's synopsis: "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.