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Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music by [Margarita Engle, Rafael López]
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2017 Carnegie Medal winner 
* "A beautiful account of a young girl's bravery and her important contribution toward gender equality in the creative arts." 
Kirkus, starred review 
* "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." 
School Library Journal, starred review 
"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." 
"A valuable addition to the growing library of stories about strong Latina women." 
—Publishers Weekly 
"With its emphasis on artistry and visual metaphor, this title bears a strong kinship with Yuyi Morales’ Viva Frida, but it also brings an accessibility that young viewers (and teachers) will appreciate." 
"Engle’s poetic text takes its cues from Zaldarriaga’s chosen instrument, its rhythm at times steadily assured and at others loose and improvisational...[E]very spread is full of motion, with some of the illustrations requiring a ninety-degree turn, as if the book itself has got to dance." 
—Horn Book Magazine 
"Engle's poetic narrative combined with Lopez's warmly ethereal folk-art illustrations to evoke a nighttime tropical dreamscape." 
—New York Times Book Review 
-- No Source --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Gr 1–4—In Cuba, Millo Castro Zaldarriaga longs to play her drums for all to hear, but on her island only boys are allowed to perform with drums. She perseveres and continues to play and to dream. Eventually, she is invited to join her sister's all-girls band. Her father will not permit her to perform with them, though he allows her to be taught. She continues to practice and dream of a time when she can perform. Finally, she is able to perform in public, and she convinces those who listen that girls, too, can play drums. Adriana Sananes's musical voice invites listeners to dream along. Lovely music, drumbeats, and sound effects accompany the entire tale. The audio production includes a second track with page turns, and a historical note is included in the final track. VERDICT Inspired by a true story, this is a wonderful addition to any collection. ["Engle's spare, rhythmic text gets at the heart of the struggle to achieve a dream": SLJ 1/15 starred review of the Houghton Harcourt book.]—Elizabeth Elsbree, Krug Elementary School, Aurora, IL --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00UEY7QCC
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Clarion Books; Illustrated edition (March 31, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 31, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 11019 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 48 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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    4.8 out of 5 stars 431 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars True story of courage, endurance and music
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L. York
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story, Stunning illustrations.
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Catherine O'Keeffe
5.0 out of 5 stars A story that inspires interest in drumming.
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