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Drum Dream Girl

Drum Dream Girl

by Margarita Engle Illustrated by Rafael López

Girls cannot be drummers. In 1920s Cuba, 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 music was heard, everyone sang and danced and decided that both girls and boys should be free to drum and dream. Inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba's traditional taboo against female drummers, Drum Dream Girl tells an inspiring true story for dreamers everywhere.

Ages
6, 7, 8, 9
Interest Level
Grades 1 - 4
Lexile Measure
NP
DRA
20
Guided Reading
L
Publisher
HMH - HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT
Number of Pages
48
Genre
Biography and Autobiography

About the Author and Illustrator

Margarita Engle
Rafael López

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