Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa
Illustrated By: Brian Pinkney
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Illustrated By: Brian Pinkney
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Rhythmic text told in four "tracks" by a narrator "scat cat" provides the perfect context for children to learn about Ella Fitzgerald and her groundbreaking art. Magical art-deco inspired scratchboard illustrations bring Ella's journey to New York, to the scat stage, to a bebop tour to life, providing a rich portrait of her musical style and genius. 32 pages, softcover. Elementary-Middle School.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Hyperion
Dimensions: 10.5 X 9.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0786814160
ISBN-13: 9780786814169

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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

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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    January 13, 2015
    Johanna Wynn
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A fun way to learn about a historical jazz figure. The story is told from the perspective of a cat: Scat Cat. Andrea Davis Pinkney is great at bringing stories alive with "sound" words. The artwork is unique; makes you look twice.
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