Engle, Margarita. Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music. Illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016. unp. $16.99. ISBN:978-0-544-10229-3. Gr. 2+. P8 Q8
Women have struggled for equal rights for as long as I can remember. This story is based on a life of a Chinese-African-Cuban girl on the island of Cuba who dreamed of playing the conga drums. This was a tradition that only boys were allowed to do. The rhyming text tells of the dream of a girl, who did break this tradition and became the first girl to play the tall conga drums. The illustrations are bright neon colors that help in telling the story.
Verdict: This would be a great book to use not only in an art class but also a history classes when introducing a unit of women’s suffrage.
November 2016 review by Carol Bernardi.