Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle –OPTIONAL

Engle, Margarita Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. $16.99 PICTURE BOOK/BIOGRAPHY
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.

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