Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music
, written by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Rafael Lopez, is based on the true story of a Chinese-African-Cuban girl named Millo Castro Zaldarriaga who was the first professional female drummer in Cuba. She first performed with her sisters in their band Anacaona
, and went on to achieve international success as a musician; she even played at a celebration for President Franklin Roosevelt at the age of 15. This book is written in the form of a poem, with vibrant and gorgeous pictures. This story is very inspiring and will help children, particularly girls, see that they can achieve their dreams even if someone tells them that it is not allowed due to societal conventions; it teaches the value of perseverance.
Since this book is based on a true story, that means that most of the events really happened but the author may have embellished or enhanced some of the details to make the story more interesting. This book provides historical information at the end of the book to help the reader understand what happened in real life. This book has won many awards and is recommended for children ages 4-7.
This book is available in print or as an e-book on Overdrive
. It is a very inspirational book that I highly recommend. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!