Drum dream girl : how one girl's courage changed music (#1101HA0)

by Engle, Margarita; illustrated by Lopez, Rafael

11 reviews & awards | 7 full-text reviews

FollettBound Sewn Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015
Price: USD 20.98
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Dewey: -E-; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 3.8
AR 4.2 LG .5 173968EN; RC 4.3 1; LEX NP


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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.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication Date: March 31, 2015
  • Format: FollettBound Sewn
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
  • Tracings: Lopez, Rafael, 1961- illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-51811-211-0 (originally 0-544-10229-0)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-51811-211-9 (originally 978-0-544-10229-3)
  • LCCN: 2014-015056
  • Follett Number: 1101HA0
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 3.8
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.2
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 173968EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 4.3
  • Reading Counts Points: 1
  • Lexile: NP

Reviews & Awards
  • Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor, 2016
  • Booklist, 02/01/15
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 05/01/15
  • Horn Book Guide, 10/01/15
  • Horn Book Magazine, 05/01/15
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 12/15/14
  • Library Media Connection starred, 09/01/15
  • Publishers Weekly, 01/19/15
  • Pura Belpre Illustrator Award, 2016
  • School Library Journal starred, 01/01/15
  • Teacher Librarian, 12/01/15

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (February 1, 2015 (Vol. 111, No. 11))
Preschool-Grade 2. A talented young girl with a passion for drumming dreams of playing music in this upbeat story based on the life of Cuban musician Millo Castro Zaldarriaga. Told repeatedly that girls cannot be drummers, she refuses to give up, practicing in secret and delighting in every bit of music around her. A visit to an open-minded music teacher results in lessons and, eventually, the opportunity to perform in public. Vibrant, warm, and hopeful, this expressive story shows the power of perseverance and importance of following your dreams. Engle’s prose flows easily, with clean but evocative language that will be accessible to a range of young readers. López’s illustrations are lushly saturated with color, and the warm palette and bright tones transport readers to the tropical setting, while visible brushstrokes and layered colors bring depth to each scene. The text and illustrations work together beautifully here, creating a story that will imbue readers with inspiration and a yearning to make music of their own. An author’s note provides some background on Zaldarriaga, the inspiration for this fictional story.

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