Drum Chavi Drum/Toca Chavi Toca

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Tun-TUN-dun-TUN! Even though nobody in her Cuban-American neighborhood thinks girls should play the drums, Chavi knows she was born to make just this kind of music. And the whole world is her instrument: she drums on paint cans, sofa arms, even on her mother¹s cheeks. Her favorites, however, are the tumbadoras, the conga drums that liven the Caribbean music she and her neighbors love. So, when she¹s not picked to play on the school float for the festival on Calle Ocho-‹Miami¹s ...
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Overview

Tun-TUN-dun-TUN! Even though nobody in her Cuban-American neighborhood thinks girls should play the drums, Chavi knows she was born to make just this kind of music. And the whole world is her instrument: she drums on paint cans, sofa arms, even on her mother¹s cheeks. Her favorites, however, are the tumbadoras, the conga drums that liven the Caribbean music she and her neighbors love. So, when she¹s not picked to play on the school float for the festival on Calle Ocho-‹Miami¹s Eighth Street‹she decides to do something about it!

Chavi's music teacher believes that only boys should play drums in Miami's Festival de la Calle Ocho, but Chavi knows she is a good musician and looks for a way to prove it.

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K-Gr 2-Plucky Chavi is determined to play the drums on the school float during Miami's Calle Ocho parade. The only problem is that everyone, from her music teacher to her own loving mother, is convinced that because she is a girl, she cannot possibly be good enough. Chavi knows differently, and she practices on anything she can get her hands on: pans, paint cans, car hoods. She just knows she's good, and before the book is over, so does everyone else. The exuberant text is alive with rhythms, and Chavi is a heartwarming heroine who compares favorably to other girls who think outside the box, such as Ruby in Shirin Yim Bridges's Ruby's Wish (Chronicle, 2002). Tonel's cartoon illustrations, executed in watercolor, colored pencil, and pen, are bright and busy, but have an amateurish look to them. The Spanish text, which appears on the recto, is a workmanlike translation of the English, which appears on the verso. Of particular interest to libraries in Cuban communities, this title is a serviceable addition. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892391868
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/10/2003
  • Edition description: Spanish Language Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2004

    Exciting! Exuberant!

    Chock-full of Cuban culture, set in Little Havana's Calle Ocho Festival. Exuberant, powerful writing with vividly expressive cartoon-like illustrations. My second grade class has fallen in love with Drum, Chavi, Drum! and my Adult Education ESL students are ecstatic about my bringing this book into the classroom in order to enhance their English skills. Chavi is my heroine! Tender story with strong girl characters. Highly recommended for all ages. A gem of a book. 10 stars! A++

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2003

    A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

    Mayra Dole's 'Drum, Chavi, Drum' is a breath of fresh air. Her language is impeccable, both in the English text and in her side-by- side Spanish translation, which is full of amusing idioms that will inevitably bring a smile to the young and not so young reader. The engaging story of the little girl who aspires to play the drums at the Calle Ocho Festival but is not allowed because she is not a boy, will touch many hearts. The beautiful illustrations capture the essence of the book and are a visual pleasure in themselves. This is a delightful work of art that should definitely become a bestseller. Mayra Dole's 'Drum, Chavi, Drum' is a breath of fresh air. Her language is impeccable, both in the English text and in her side-by- side Spanish translation, which is full of amusing idioms that will inevitably bring a smile to the young and not so young reader. The engaging story of the little girl who aspires to play the drums at the Calle Ocho Festival but is not allowed because she is not a boy, will touch many hearts. The beautiful illustrations capture the essence of the book and are a visual pleasure in themselves. This is a delightful work of art that should definitely become a bestseller. Bilingual parents should especially rush to buy it for their children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2003

    Sweeeeeeeeeeeet!

    This gorgeous little book brings Cuban culture into your living room. It is a great way for kids to learn about Latino cultures and a new language (Spaniish). The writing is vibrant and alive, at times even poetic. Set in Little Havana in the Calle Ocho Festival, the drumming storyline is exciting and moves forward quickly. The art is delicious and colorful. A scrumptuous book that I highly recommend to all parents of childen from age 6-10 (and to serious book collectors wanting one of the first Cuban bilingual books for their collection).

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