Book Review : Drum Dream Girl

Book : Drum Dream Girl

Author : Margarita Engle

Illustrator : Rafael Lopez

Books from the same author : The poet slave of Cuba, The surrender tree, The lightning dreamer .

Age : 3 plus 

Winner of the pura belpre award 2016 for best illustration , this book spreads the message of “Follow your dreams and They Know the way “. An historical fiction which is the true story of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga a Cuban drummer. 




In An island of music a little girl dreams, her dream is to become a drummer . Always she imagines pounding conga drums ,tapping bongo drums and booming with long sticks on timbales.

But everyone in that island believed only boys should play drums and not girls., so her dream remains always a dream .

She is always busy watching the drums played by men in outdoor cafes and carnivals.Tables and chairs becomes drum in home for her . 

Her sisters invite her to play drums in their all girls band, but her father refuses and sends her to a teacher to find out whether she is really good in drums . With the help of the teacher how she makes people

tap for her beats is the rest of the story.


Filled with beautiful and poetic illustrations this book celebrates music , breaks gender stereotypes and inspires children to follow their dreams . 


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