Do you hear that sound? Tap, tap, tap, boom, boom, boom! That’s probably just my son playing his drums. When I first met my husband and he said he played drums in a garage band in high school, I should have realized how this would have trickled down to our son. Not only do we have my husband’s drums (which take up half of a room), but my son has tons of instruments, mainly drums. We are not talking plastic drums from Target, no, no, my husband buys real bongo drums, conga drums, the whole deal for our son. On the positive side, my son loves to play the drums. On the negative side, my son loves to play the drums. When I saw the book Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Change Music by Margarita Engle I knew that this book was perfect. Inspired by Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, this free verse poem tells the story of a young girl who wants to play the drums in a time when only boys are allowed to play. She feels the music in her body, nature, the people around her; she just can’t keep herself from tapping out a beat. She even plays with her sisters, but it is not until her father allows her to meet with a music teacher that her dreams are realized. The poetic text shows how the girl never gave up, even when she hid her dream and practiced in secrecy, she never gave in to societal pressures.

The illustrations by Rafael Lopez are gorgeous. The plants, animals and scenery seem to come straight out of Cuba. They are richly textured and vibrantly hued with engaging details that leave the reader inspired. This book arrived today and we have already read it four times (to the sound of drums even). Highly recommended!

Published by Sarah BooksBeforeBandaids