Look and Learn | Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music

Mississippi Museum of Art | 308 S Lamar Street, Jackson, MS

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Gather round for Look and Learn – Mississippi Museum of Art’s literacy and art-making program for children ages 5 and under. This monthly storytime adventure connects families to art at the Museum and plants seeds of creativity in growing minds. 

For this month’s Look and Learn, join in as we read Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael López.. After the story, view a work in Jamal Cyrus: The End of My Beginning and participate in an artful sound activity in our studio classrooms. Dress for mess!

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Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an island filled with music, no one questioned that rule—until the drum dream girl. In her city of drumbeats, she dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongós. She had to keep quiet. She had to practice in secret. But when at last her dream-bright music was heard, everyone sang and danced and decided that both girls and boys should be free to drum and dream.

Inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba’s traditional taboo against female drummers, Drum Dream Girl tells an inspiring true story for dreamers everywhere. 

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