The Sealey Challenge: Drum Dream Girl

Today I needed poetry of triumph, of grit and determination rewarded, of strength seen and honored, and so I turned to Margarita Engle’s words and Rafael López’s illustrations in Drum Dream Girl, the Pura Belpré Award-winning poem about groundbreaking Cuban drummer Millo Castro Zaldarriaga. Engle is well-known, in kidlit, for her gorgeous work in verse: she’s written novels in verse for teens, novels in verse … Continue reading The Sealey Challenge: Drum Dream Girl

Autumn de Wilde’s Emma.

Autumn de Wilde’s Emma is a delight and a joy, which is an odd way to start what is not-exactly-a-review. But it is so beautifully shot, so beautifully staged, so exquisitely acted and directed, that for me there’s not really another launch point into this exploration of cinematography and class and the female gaze. Emma is beautiful, from its hushed beginnings in a greenhouse as … Continue reading Autumn de Wilde’s Emma.

Greta Gerwig’s Little Women

I’ll start this with a confession: while I read Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women—I read it a lot, actually—it never spoke to me as much as Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy-Tacy series. (I think that the urban element of Betsy-Tacy made it perfect for me, an urban child.) I’m a white woman who read Little Women, perforce, but am not Little Women‘s ideal audience: that would … Continue reading Greta Gerwig’s Little Women