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The Resource Drum dream girl : how one girl's courage changed music, poems by Margarita Engle ; illustrations by Rafael López

Drum dream girl : how one girl's courage changed music, poems by Margarita Engle ; illustrations by Rafael López

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Drum dream girl : how one girl's courage changed music
Title
Drum dream girl
Title remainder
how one girl's courage changed music
Statement of responsibility
poems by Margarita Engle ; illustrations by Rafael López
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
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Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2016
  • Amelia Bloomer List, 2016
  • Charlotte Zolotow Award, 2016
  • Notable Books for a Global Society, 2016.
  • Pura Belpre Award for Illustration, 2016.
  • School Library Journal Best Picture Books, 2015.
Review
  • 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. -- Hayes, Summer (Reviewed 02-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 11, p46)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 1 – 4 — Engle's spare, rhythmic text gets at the heart of the struggle to achieve a dream in this picture-book biography about a Chinese African Cuban girl who aspired to play drums even when society's double standards stood as a barrier. Growing up in tempestuous 1930s Havana, during a time when universities were often shut down because of their opposition to the dictatorial President Machado, Millo Castro Zaldarriaga dared to dream of playing percussion instruments—timbales, congas, bongÃ3s—but her father was adamant that "only boys should play drums." But still she persisted in her hopes and eventually, with the help of her sisters and music teacher, became a member of the renowned Anacaona, Cuba's first all-girl dance band, founded by her sister, Cuchito Castro. LÃ3pez's zinging, neon-tinged art highlights the island's diversity, depicting the drum girl's flights of fancy set against the backdrop of carnival scenes and outdoor cafes. Details of Cuba's and the protagonist's Chinese, African, Taà no, and Spanish roots are seamlessly interwoven into the lyrical narrative and luminous acrylic paintings. The alliterative text parallels the snappy syncopation of the subject's instruments. The heroine's tenacity in the face of naysayers will inspire all dreamers, and the illustrator's smile-inducing cameo on the last page emphasizes the universality of Millo's story. For those looking for more nonfiction titles about female musical powerhouses, such as Monica Brown's My Name Is Celia/Me llamo Celia (Cooper Square, 2004), Katheryn Russell-Brown's Little Melba and Her Big Trombone (Lee & Low, 2014), and Carole Boston Weatherford's Leontyne Price: Voice of a Century (Knopf, 2014). An author's note gives more background on the groundbreaking percussionist. —Shelley Diaz , School Library Journal --Shelley Diaz (Reviewed January 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 1, p121)
  • A riot of tropical color adds sabor to the tale of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who dreams “of pounding tall conga drums,/ tapping small bong Ã3 drums/ and boom boom booming/ with long, loud sticks/ on big, round, silvery/ moon-bright timbales .” Everybody in Cuba believes that only boys should play the drums, and her own father forbids her to perform, but the “drum dream girl” (as she’s referred to throughout) finds her own drums, practices, and persists until her father relents and hires a teacher. Lopez’s (Tito Puente, Mambo King ) paintings fuse dream and reality as the girl flies through the air, drumming on the moon and making music with butterflies and birds; Engle’s (Silver People ) lines dance with percussive sound words and rhythmic repetition. Though an afterword reveals that Zaldarriaga later became famous enough to perform for Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Engle focuses on her initial struggles rather than her subsequent career. A valuable addition to the growing library of stories about strong Latina women. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Michelle Humphrey, Martha Kaplan Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Stefanie von Borstel, Full Circle Literary. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 19, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 03, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Pura Belpré winner and Newbery honoree Engle, known for writing free-verse historical fiction, introduces readers to Millo Castro Zaldarriaga with this illustrated poem, inspired by her subject's childhood. Millo became a world-famous musician at quite a young age. Before fame, however, as Engle's account attests, there is struggle. Millo longs to play the drums, but in 1930s Cuba, drumming is taboo for girls, "so the drum dream girl / had to keep dreaming / quiet / secret / drumbeat / dreams." This doesn't stop Millo; she dares to let her talent soar, playing every type of drum that she can find. Her sisters invite her to join their all-girl band, but their father refuses to allow Millo to play the drums. Eventually, her father softens, connecting her with a music teacher who determines that her talent is strong enough to override the social stigma. The rhythmic text tells Millo's story and its significance in minimal words, with a lyricism that is sure to engage both young children and older readers. LÃ3pez's illustrations are every bit as poetic as the narrative, a color-saturated dreamscape that Millo dances within, pounding and tapping her drums. Though it's not explicit in the text, her mixed Chinese-African-Cuban descent is hinted at in the motifs LÃ3pez includes. A beautiful account of a young girl's bravery and her important contribution toward gender equality in the creative arts. (historical note) (Picture book. 3-8)(Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2014)
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10404016
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Engle, Margarita
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 1
  • 4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1961-
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López, Rafael
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Drummers (Musicians)
  • Dance music
  • Sex role
  • Cuba
Target audience
primary
Label
Drum dream girl : how one girl's courage changed music, poems by Margarita Engle ; illustrations by Rafael López
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
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Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
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Control code
000052821541
Dimensions
26 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780544102293
Lccn
2014015056
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
Label
Drum dream girl : how one girl's courage changed music, poems by Margarita Engle ; illustrations by Rafael López
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000052821541
Dimensions
26 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780544102293
Lccn
2014015056
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations

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