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Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music

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Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music

évaluations:
4.5/5 (6 évaluations)
Longueur:
47 pages
15 minutes
Sortie:
Mar 31, 2015
ISBN:
9780544102286
Format:
Livre

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Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on 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.
Sortie:
Mar 31, 2015
ISBN:
9780544102286
Format:
Livre

À propos de l'auteur

Margarita Engle is the Cuban American author of many books including the verse novels Your Heart, My Sky; With a Star in My Hand; The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor winner; and The Lightning Dreamer. Her verse memoirs include Soaring Earth and Enchanted Air, which received the Pura Belpré Award, a Walter Dean Myers Award Honor, and was a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, among others. Her picture books include Drum Dream Girl; Dancing Hands; and The Flying Girl. Visit her at MargaritaEngle.com.


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  • (4/5)
    Inspired by the story of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who dreamed of being a drummer in a time when that occupation was reserved for boys and men, Cuban-American author Margarita Engle spins a poetic narrative about a "drum dream girl" who cannot quell her natural impulse to drum. Hearing beats all around her, in the natural and human worlds, and in her own heartbeat, the girl must dream and drum in secret, until her father finally relents and has a teacher listen to her. Amazed at what he hears, the teacher takes her on as a pupil, eventually getting her her first gig as a drummer...Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music was awarded the 2016 Pura Belpré Award for Illustration, and it's not difficult to see why! Rafael López' artwork is absolutely gorgeous here, utilizing a deep, vivid color palette, and creating beautifully stylized scenes that capture the energy and music of the text. That text is just as beautifully realized. It is poetic, allusive, rhythmic - in short, everything it should be to capture a dreaming drummer's tale. A brief afterword gives more information about Castro Zaldarriaga, who is never named in the main text. Recommended to anyone looking for beautifully-illustrated picture-books, to those who enjoy more poetic picture-book texts, and to readers searching for children's stories about girl musicians and/or Cuban musical pioneers.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed this book and I think it would bring a lot of cultural diversity into my class library. One idea that I had for this book was to use it to show students that they can accomplish what they set their eyes on. Just because there are some social norms that seem to limit them, doesn't mean they can't do something that they are passionate about.
  • (5/5)
    Drum Dream Girl is set in Cuba in 1932 and is about the first female drummer in Cuba. The book shows an example of the frustration caused by gender inequality and the power of perusing your dreams in spite of inequality. Ultimately it ends with the revelation that by prohibiting women the culture was limiting itself and society changing for the better. The book has some good information about Cuban culture at that time, especially around music and drums. Beautiful, vibrant art.
  • (4/5)
    The true story of a young girl from Cuba who wanted to play the drums and would not give up, despite opposition from every corner. The story is inspiring, but the illustrations are the big hit here!
  • (4/5)
    A beautifully illustrated story based on the life of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga who breaks Cuba's traditional taboo against female drummers and becomes a world-famous musician.
  • (4/5)
    A young Cuban girl dreams of playing the drums. Her older sisters encourage her dreams, and they offer her a place in their all-girl band. However, her father believes that only boys should play drums, and he will not allow her to play them. Eventually he relents and permits her to take lessons. She becomes Cuba's first female drummer, but not its last.This story is based on the life of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, Cuba's first female drummer. The story is incomplete. It doesn't explain why girls couldn't be drummers but they could play other instruments in an all-girl band. What was different about drums? It also doesn't explain her father's change of heart. The colorful illustrations are eye-catching, and the details match the text. This will be popular with young girls who aspire to participate in traditionally male activities.
  • (4/5)
    The pictures in this book show a lot of emotion and passion women have toward music.
  • (4/5)
    Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on 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.
  • (4/5)
    How many girls still grow up being told that “girls can’t do that”? I know I was - not by my parents, but by others, who discouraged me from pursuing my dreams.This is a story inspired by a Chinese-African-Cuban girl, Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who never gave up her own dream of being a drummer, and succeeded in breaking Cuba’s traditional taboo against female drummers, becoming, at age ten, the first female to play drums publicly in Cuba. Millo was a world-famous musician by the 1930’s, even, at age 15, playing her bongo drums at the New York birthday celebration for U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt.The story is told in free verse style, echoing the music that courses through her head and heart:"Her hands seemed to flyas they rippledrapped and poundedall the rhythms of her drum dreams.”The folk-art illustrations were made by Rafael López in acrylic paint on wood board. All the images of a tropical paradise that dominated ideas of Cuba before the Communist revolution come to vibrant life in a riot of sun-drenched color. Like Chagall, López uses the metaphor of flight to show dreams, with butterflies and birds recurring elements in the pictures even when the little girl herself is not launching into the air. Other characters in the pictures reflect Cuba’s multicultural society, as does of course, Millo herself.Evaluation: The inspirational story and gorgeous pictures will keep kids (suggested age is 4-8) paging through this book over and over again.
  • (5/5)
    Star-filled night skies with colorful creatures and flowers invite readers in to the drum dream girl’s story–a story of longing. Only at home did the young girl drum out rhythms on the furniture; only at home could she dare to play conga drums and bongo drums where everyone believed that only boys should play drums. Lopez’s hot orange palette sizzles where men play drums at outdoor cafes and glows in capturing the drum girl’s dreams. When the girl’s father finally recognizes her talent and gets her a teacher, those dreams are realized. Engle credits the inspiration for her poem to Millo Castrol Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who in the 1930s “broke Cuba’s traditional taboo against female drummers” (unp). Lyrical language ripples off the page, making this a lovely read aloud.