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About the Author

Margarita Engle is a Cuban-American poet and novelist. Her books include The Wild Book, Tropical Secrets, The Firefly Letters, The Lightning Dreamer, When You Wander, Mountain Dog, and Silver People. She has received several awards including the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, the Pura Belpré mostrar mais Award, the Américas Award, and the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award for The Surrender Tree and the Pura Belpré Award and the Américas Award for The Poet Slave of Cuba. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Margarita Engle

Mountain Dog (2013) 218 cópias
All the Way to Havana (2017) 172 cópias
The Wild Book (2012) 154 cópias
Tiny Rabbit's Big Wish (2014) 112 cópias
Forest World (2017) 111 cópias
Jazz Owls (2018) 95 cópias
A Song of Frutas (2021) 78 cópias
Wings in the Wild (2023) 38 cópias
Light for All (2021) 34 cópias
Una Nina Un Tambor Un Sueno (2016) 32 cópias
Singing with Elephants (2022) 30 cópias
Water Day (2023) 22 cópias
Skywriting (1995) 16 cópias
Singing to Cuba (1993) 5 cópias
Wild Dreamers (2024) 2 cópias
Salt - Poems of Peace (2004) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighth Annual Collection (1991) — Contribuinte — 311 cópias
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices (2018) — Contribuinte — 220 cópias
The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection (2018) — Contribuinte — 98 cópias
Because of Shoe and Other Dog Stories (2012) — Contribuinte — 60 cópias
Thanku: Poems of Gratitude (2019) — Contribuinte — 55 cópias
In Other Words: Literature by Latinas of the United States (1994) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias


19th century (43) animals (42) anthology (81) biography (198) butterflies (34) Caribbean (36) children's (33) courage (41) Cuba (330) Cuban (58) diversity (66) dreams (33) drums (46) family (58) fantasy (90) fiction (155) Grade 7 (34) historical (38) historical fiction (190) history (128) horror (63) immigration (35) Latino (36) Latinx (100) memoir (40) multicultural (67) music (138) non-fiction (170) novel in verse (116) picture book (236) poetry (452) Pura Belpre Award (43) realistic fiction (41) short stories (55) slavery (98) to-read (219) verse (105) war (38) YA (56) young adult (61)

Conhecimento Comum



This is a story of a young girl named Teresa, who got to play the piano for President Lincoln. Her parents introduced her to music, her father called Teresa’s hands “ahhpy hands”. Playing the piano did not come easily to Teresa because of her dyslexia. Although it was challenging, playing music gave her joy. By six and seven she was writing her own music and playing in beautiful capels. When she turned eight, a war turned her life upside down. Teresa and her parents had to immigrate on a ship to the United States. This made Teresa feel lost and homesick. She didn’t know how she was going to be able to share and play music ever again. This was during the Civil War, so there was fighting in the US too. Teresa comes to the realization that music can be people together and break down barriers. Because of this she practiced playing all different kinds of music and she became a big name in cities around her. She began traveling to play music and got to play for Abraham Lincoln. In Washington DC, there was a lot of pain from the people present from the war. All Teresa wanted to do was heal these people with her music. When she played for Lincoln, the music was poorly tuned but she still got to play his favorite song despite the challenging piano. From then on she always felt the courage to play music to give courage, despite the challenges she faces with her dyslexia.

I think this is a great book to have in a primary classroom as an option to read. I don't think a lot of formal discussion needs to be had about this story but I love that it is a true story and I think students might find it interesting.
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kthomas22 | outras 25 resenhas | Apr 22, 2024 |
This book would be good for primary students. This book is "Drum Dream Girl" written by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael Lopez, and published in 2015. This book is about a girl who always dreamt of playing the drums, but she is not allowed to because she is a girl. This book goes through her journey of defying the gender norms and she gets her dream in the end. This book would be good to teach people that they can do anything they set their mind to, no matter what society says you can or cannot do if you are able to.… (mais)
kcochell23 | outras 90 resenhas | Apr 12, 2024 |
This book is great for students at a beginner or intermediate level. It is about a girl who loves to play the drums but lives in a place where only boys are allowed to play. However, she impresses her music teacher and continues to prove people wrong throughout the book by showing that girls can also play the drums. I would introduce this book to my classroom to show my students what it can be like to overcome adversity and learn more about music culture.
JulianV7 | outras 90 resenhas | Mar 6, 2024 |
This book was a great, easy, and informational read. I think it works great in order to teach children about important icons and people in latin american history without all the long biographies of their lives. It highlights their lives as young children as well as their achievements as adults. Great read!
cmmeza0709 | outras 14 resenhas | Feb 29, 2024 |



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