On the island of Cuba, drumming is strictly for me. But one little girl kept dreaming about drumming and just couldn’t stop thinking about it. Luckily she had a supportive father, who eventually let her take lessons and even play at a café. This book is based on Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who became Cuba's first female drummer.
The illustrations in this book are just stunning, and I found I could almost hear the music. The colors are vibrant, vivid, and lush. I liked the message of never giving up on your dreams. This can’t really function as a true biography (though it could have if they had included facts and photos at the end). But it might be best used during a unit on Jazz music or an introduction to drumming.
EL(K-3), EL –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.