by Margarita Engle, Rafael Lopez (Illustrator)
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.
Drum Dream Girl: One Girl's Courage Changed Music
Margarita Engle is a Cuban-American poet and novelist whose work has been published in many countries. Her many acclaimed books include Silver People, The Lightning Dreamer, The Wild Book, and The Surrender Tree, a Newberry Honor Book. She is a several-time winner of the Pura Belpré and Américas awards, as well as other prestigious honors. She lives with her husband in Northern California. Rafael López grew up in Mexico City, where he was immersed in the rich cultural heritage and color of street life. His vibrant picture books include Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle; Tito Puente, Mambo King and My Name is Celia, both written by Monica Brown; and Book Fiesta! by Pat Mora. He has received the Pura Belpré and Américas awards multiple times. An acclaimed muralist, he has designed community-based mural projects nationwide. He divides his time between San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and San Diego, California.
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Pub Date: March 31, 2015
Copyright Date: 2015
Target Age Group: 04 to 07
-Sex role -History
-Drummers (Musicians) -Dance music