Drum Dream Girl by: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle Poetry Review (Mod. 4)


Engle, Margarita. Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company: New York, 2015.

Plot Summary:

 Girls aren’t allowed to play the drums. At least, that’s what everyone tells the Drum Dream Girl. But she refuses to listen. She plays and plays, until her dreams become a reality.

Critical Analysis:

 This is a very cute book about being true to yourself and not giving up hope or dreams. There’s no rhyme, there’s no structure. Rather, what makes this poem a poem is the use of stanzas, the symbolism, and the telling of a story. I thought the author did a good job of telling the story, and sending children a message of trying, even when other people tell you you can’t do it. I really appreciated that message. It’s one I think kids need to hear more often.

Example Poem:

“On an island of music
in a city of drumbeats
the drum dream girl
of pounding tall conga drums
tapping small bongo drums
and boom boom booming
with long, loud sticks
on a big, round, silvery
moon-bright timbales.”

I chose this poem because it talks about all the different kind of drums that are played. It’s not rhyming, and it has no symbolism, but it tells you about the girl and about her dreams.


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Adrinna Davis

Hello there! Not much to me, I'm just your average author and librarian who is obsessed with Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Merlin, Divergent, ect... who is married with two kids. :) And now blogger. I love children's lit and want to share with you all the amazing books I find!

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