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Drum Dream Girl

Drum Dream Girl

How One Girl's Courage Changed Music

Book - 2015
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Follows a girl in the 1920s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there has never been a female drummer in Cuba. Includes note about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who inspired the story, and Anacaona, the all-girl dance band she formed with her sisters.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
ISBN: 9780544102293
Branch Call Number: Engle, M
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: López, Rafael 1961-- Illustrator


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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... Read More »

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ArapahoeMicheleW Feb 16, 2018

The beautiful story of a little drummer girl whose dream came true.

Sep 23, 2017

This book is gorgeous and well written, and it is about a true SHERO!

Dec 29, 2016

Love this fancifully told true story about perseverance and dreams, and about not placing unnecessary limits on anyone, least of all because of gender. Beautifully --and diversely --illustrated. Set in Cuba

Jan 22, 2016

The story was inspiring, the pictures were bright and colorful and imaginative, and the moral should be shared with everyone.

DPLjosie Nov 20, 2015

Beautiful imagery, and an inspiring story!

ChristchurchLib May 25, 2015

n 1930s Cuba, a young girl is bursting with rhythm. She plays conga drums, bongó drums, and "big, round, silvery, moon-bright timbales." Despite her talent, the girl is banned from performing by her father, who says drums are only for boys. Yet she keeps practicing (and keeps dreaming) until she finally gets the chance she longs for. Based on the life of Chinese-African-Cuban drummer Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, Drum Dream Girl's lively, poetic text is layered over surreal illustrations that practically glow with tropical colour. Picture books newsletter, May 2015.


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