June 28, 2017

Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael Lopez

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 3:32 am by suebe2

Drum Dream Girl
by Margarita Engle
illustrated by Rafael Lopez
Houghton Mifflin

Last week was bear week.  This week is biography week.

The first book for the week is about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga.  For those of you who haven’t heard of her, she is a female drummer from Cuba.  What makes her noteworthy is that she is the first female drummer from Cuba.

Growing up in the 1920s and 1930s, the message was clear.  It was okay to love music.  It was even okay to play music as long as she didn’t play the drums.  When her sisters first invited her to join their all-girl dance band, it was her father who put a stop to it.

So she continued to practice and play but always alone.  Finally her father recognized how important music was to his daughter.  Not only would he let her play, he would find a teacher who would be willing to take her on.

Her teacher was surprised by how much she knew but he taught her even more. Soon she was enchanting audiences who danced to the beat of her bongos.

Don’t know much about music in general or Cuban music in particular? That’s okay.  This book is about so much more than music.  It is about inspiration and living the dream.  It is about not giving up and inspiring those around you.  It is about what can be even when people are saying “it has never been done.”

Engle’s text isn’t flowery or complex.  That said is has a beat that pulls you forward from page to page.

The illustrations are bright and vibrant, acrylic paint on wood board.  They bring a lively, colorful tone and a sense of dreamlike magic to the story.

If you have a child who is a dreamer, this is the perfect book to inspire them and send them spiraling upward!

–SueBE

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