Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa

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Hyperion Book CH, Jan 1, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Ella Fitzgerald began her life as a singer on the stage of the Apollo Theater when she was just seventeen years old. Her rich voice and vocal innovations brought her fame and a remarkable career than spanned half a century and won her generations of fans around the world. Acclaimed author Andrea Davis Pinkney has told Ella's inspiring story in the voice of Scat Cat Monroe, a feline fan whose imagined narrative sings with the infectious rhythms of scat. Two-time Caldecott Honor winner Brian Pinkney's dramatic perspectives and fantastical images offer a jazzy improvisation all their own.

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User Review  - PiperSchaapveld - LibraryThing

This book is based on the life of Ella Fitzgerald a scat singer. She is the person who made scat popular with this new kind of jazz. This book is a great lesson of someone in history and music, it has ... Read full review

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User Review  - Anne Broyles - Goodreads

Bright, bold colors in scratchboard and acrylic paintings highlight both the woman and her era. "Scat Cat" narrates Ella's story in what feels like period-true slang, and young readers can search for ... Read full review

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Andrea Davis Pinkney has written several acclaimed picture books, works of non fiction, and novels. Her titles for middle-grade readers include Solo Girl, Raven in a Dove House, Silent Thunder, and Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, a Coretta Scott King Honor winner. She is also the author of the picture books Alvin Ailey; Duke Ellington (a Caldecott Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor Book); and Ella Fitzgerald, each illustrated by her husband and frequent collaborator, Brian Pinkney. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.

Brian Pinkney (www.brianpinkney.net) is the illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including the Caldecott Honor Books Duke Ellington and The Faithful Friend, and the Coretta Scott King Award winner In the Time of the Drums.

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