Drum, Chavi, Drum! / ¡Toca, Chavi, Toca!
By Mayra Dole
Illustrated by Tonel
Tun-TUN-dun-TUN! Even though nobody in her Cuban-American neighborhood thinks girls should play the drums, Chavi knows she was born to drum. And the whole world is her instrument: she drums on paint cans, sofa arms, even on her mother’s cheeks. Her favorites, however, are the tumbadoras, the conga drums that liven the Caribbean music she and her neighbors love. So, when she’s not picked to play on the school float for the festival on Miami’s Calle Ocho, she decides to do something about it!
Mayra Lazara Dole’s plucky little musician will drum her way into the hearts of young readers, while Tonel’s wonderfully quirky illustrations capture Calle Ocho, its inhabitants, and celebrations' heart-thumping energy.
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About the Creators
was born in Marianao, Cuba, and raised in a Cuban barrio outside Miami. A prolific author, an accomplished and passionate musician, and an advocate for the differently-abled, Mayra has also been a dancer, landscape designer, and hairdresser. She lives in Coral Gables, Florida.
is a visual artist and art critic who was born in Havana, Cuba, where he illustrated several children’s books. His work for grownups has been exhibited in North and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe. He received a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in the Humanities and a John S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for painting and installation art. He lives and teaches in Vancouver, British Columbia.
About This Title
Interest Level:Grades K - 3
Reading Level:Grades 2 - 3
Bilingual, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Conflict resolution, Cultural Diversity, Dreams & Aspirations, Families, Five Senses / Body Parts, Friendship, Imagination, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Overcoming Obstacles, Responsibility, Music
Part of These Collections
Early Fluent Bilingual , Bilingual English/Spanish and Dual Language Books , Bilingual Spanish/English Guided Reading Level L, Latin American Spanish / Bilingual Collection Grades PreK-2, Latin American Spanish/Bilingual Collection, Bilingual English/Spanish Collection , Grit & Perseverance Collection, Social and Emotional Learning Collection, Social Activism Collection, Social Activism Collection Grades PreK-2