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Skit-scat raggedy cat : Ella Fitzgerald

by Orgill, Roxane.

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 10 Libraries 10 of 11 copies
Available (10)
Location Collection Call #
Andrew Bayne Memorial Library Easy Biography E 92 Fitz
Location  Andrew Bayne Memorial Library
Collection  Easy Biography
Call Number  E 92 Fitz
Bethel Park Public Library Picture Books PB j 92 FITZGERALD Ella
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  PB j 92 FITZGERALD Ella
Brentwood Library Juvenile Non-fiction JUV 92 FITZGERALD Ella
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-fiction
Call Number  JUV 92 FITZGERALD Ella
CLP - Lawrenceville Children's Non-Fiction Collection qj ML3930.F5 O65 2010
Location  CLP - Lawrenceville
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  qj ML3930.F5 O65 2010
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Biography qj ML3930.F5 O65 2010
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Biography
Call Number  qj ML3930.F5 O65 2010
CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Biographies qj ML3930.F5 O65 2010
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Children's Biographies
Call Number  qj ML3930.F5 O65 2010
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 92F FITZGERALD Org
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 92F FITZGERALD Org
Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B FITZGERALD
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Biography
Penn Hills Library Juvenile Easys E j 92 FIT
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Easys
Call Number  E j 92 FIT
Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Biography J B FITZGERALD 2010
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Biography
Call Number  J B FITZGERALD 2010
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CLP - Mt. Washington Children's Biographies CHECKED OUT
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Collection  Children's Biographies
A swinging bio of young Ella Fitzgerald, who pushed through the toughest of times to become one of America's most beloved jazz singers.When Ella Fitzgerald danced the Lindy Hop on the streets of 1930s Yonkers, passersby said good-bye to their loose change. But for a girl who was orphaned and hungry, with raggedy clothes and often no place to spend the night, small change was not enough. One amateur night at Harlem's Apollo Theater, Ella made a discovery: the dancing beat in her feet could travel up and out of her mouth in a powerful song -and the feeling of being listened to was like a salve to her heart. With lively prose, Roxane Orgill follows the gutsy Ella from school-girl days to a featured spot with Chick Webb's band and all the way to her number-one radio hit "A-Tisket, A-Tasket." Jazzy mixed-media art by illustrator Sean Qualls brings the singer's indomitable spirit to life. Back matter includes resources for further information, and an index.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Having separately displayed a knack for capturing the spirit of jazz in words and pictures, Orgill (If I Only Had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong, 1998) and Qualls (illustrator of Carole Boston Weatherford's Before John Was a Jazz Giant, 2008, and Jonah Winters' Dizzy, 2006) team up here for a stylish portrayal of young Ella Fitzgerald: a rough-tough raggedy cat on the outside, but inside she was milky and silky and soft and shy. Orgill recounts how Fitzgerald earned nickels dancing the Lindy Hop on the streets of Yonkers before moving to Harlem, where she would begin her tremendous career, trusting in her talent and persevering in spite of the bandleaders who thought she wasn't pretty enough. Occasional lyrics pop on the page and suggest that this might make a good read-aloud, but the fairly lengthy text will require dedicated attention. It's always a gamble how kids will respond to the allure of jazz, but there's no question that Orgill and Qualls know what makes it so catchy: it's slinky, rhythmic, and joyful, and on full display in both the lively text and swinging artwork.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Orgill's (Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele Astaire) fine biography of the singer crackles with tension and verve. Orphaned at 14, Ella bounces from unfeeling relatives to an orphanage, then to Harlem's Seventh Avenue: "People took her in, gave her a meal and a bed. Or didn't. In 1934, half of Harlem was out of work." Many virtues distinguish Orgill's writing: precious fragments of historical detail, flirtations with the flash of the spoken word ("He had a drumroll like a burst of gunfire"), and, most of all, heart ("This young lady's got a gift she'd like to share with us tonight," says an emcee when Fitzgerald falters at an early performance. "She's just having a little trouble getting it out of its wrapper"). Qualls (Dizzy) creates spreads that reflect the propulsive trajectory of Fitzgerald's life in an age when everybody was dancing; successive portraits show her turning page by page into a star. A puzzle: despite the title, there's no mention of Fitzgerald's scat singing. Readers won't mind, though. An unforgettable portrait of an artist whose faith in herself carried her when little else did. Ages 5-up. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Fitzgerald, Ella -- Juvenile literature.
Fitzgerald, Ella.
Singers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Jazz musicians -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Women singers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American singers -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Women -- Biography.
African Americans -- Biography.
Publisher Somerville, Mass. :Candlewick Press,2010
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles Ella Fitzgerald
Contributors Qualls, Sean.
Audience 005-up.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780763617332
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