November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

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

Margarita Engle. illus. by Rafael Lopez. HMH.

Gr 1-4–Told unequivocally that drums are only for boys, a daring girl dreams incessantly about tapping on tall congas, small bongós, and “silvery/moon-bright timbales” until she finds a way to share her music with the world. Lyrical free-verse narrative and fanciful color-infused artwork tell a tale inspired by Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a young Chinese-African-Cuban musician who broke gender boundaries in early 20th-century Cuba.

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