Drum Dream Girl – Margarita Engle
ILLUSTRATOR – Rafael Lopez
In an island of music, and city of drumbeats a little girl dreams. Her dream is to become a drummer. She always imagines herself pounding the conga drums, tapping bongo drums and booming with long sticks on timbales.
Everyone in that island believed that only boys should play drums and not girls. Therefore her dream, remains just her dream.
The little girl is always busy watching the drums played by men in outdoor cafes and carnivals. Her hands start itching whenever she watches them. She starts beating the tables and chairs at home to the sound of rhythmic beats of imaginary drums.
Her sisters invite her to play drums in their all girls band, but her father refuses. He instead sends her to a teacher to find out whether she can truly play them, whether she really has the talent and is good at drumming.
Will the little girl be able to prove herself to the teacher? Will she be able to replicate the rhythms as she always imagined? Does her dream come true?
WHAT CHILDREN CAN TAKE AWAY FROM THIS BOOK
‘Drum Dream Girl’ is a book with a message on gender stereotyping. It attempts to break gender stereotypes by conveying a message, that all are equal and everyone can celebrate music irrespective of them being a boy or girl. The vividness and imagination the illustrations convey are both delightful and mesmerizing.