Drum Dream Girl

Book Summary: 

This story is based on the life of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a drummer in Cuba's first all-female dance band. Early in her life, the elders in her community tell her that only boys can play the drums. This girl doesn't give up on her dreams, though, and continues to find a beat all around her. Finally, her dad agrees to hire a teacher who will tell her whether she's good enough to play for the community. 

Margarita Engle
Rafael López
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Guiding Question: 

Have you ever been told that you could not do something based on a factor such as your age? Did that stop you from doing what you wanted? What should you do when someone tries to stop you from doing something you dream of doing? 


Howard’s Format from You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Know (73-85): 

Honesty- In various cultures and across different time periods, gender discrimination was strong and everyone accepted it. How does this make you feel?

Empathy- Have you ever been told that you were not allowed to do something you felt strongly about based on a factor that you couldn't control, such as age or gender? 

AdvocacyEveryone faces difficulties based on factors they cannot control. How can you take a stand for someone being discriminated against? How can you support others in their dreams and desires? 

Action- Create a poster that shows how you can support others in their hopes and dreams.  


Book reivewed by McKenna Waldroup, Ohio Northern University teacher candidate.