Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa

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Disney-Hyperion, Apr 1, 2002 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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Ella Fitzgerald began her life as a singer on the stage of the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem when she was just seventeen years old. Her rich voice and vocal innovations brought her fame and a remarkable career that 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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Review: Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa

User Review  - Alexandria Stephens - Goodreads

This picture book about the life of Ella Fitzgerald is a lyrical picture book on the many accomplishments of such a talented jazz singer. Fitzgerald was born in New York in a poor neighborhood and ... Read full review

Review: Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa

User Review  - Aliyah Inge-hanif - Goodreads

Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrations by Brain Pinkney is biography. It is intended for ages five through nine years old. This book talks about the ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

ANDREA DAVIS PINKNEY is the author of many award-winning picture books, including the critically acclaimed" Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters", which won a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. She has also collaborated with her husband, illustrator Brian Pinkney, on several books, including Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra and Sleeping Cutie. The Pinkneys live in Brooklyn, New York.

Brian Pinkney, author and illustrator, was born August 28, 1961. He has received the Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations, three Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, and in 1997, he won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for his book, The Adventures of Sparrowboy. He has also won two Caldecott Honor awards for his illustrations with the books: The Faithful Friend, by Robert D. San Souci, and Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra, by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Pinkney primarily uses the scratchboard illustrative technique with most of his books. Pinkney lives with his wife, Andrea, and their children in Brooklyn, New York.

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