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.
|Product dimensions:||9.55(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 9 Years|
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Scat Cat" narrates Ella Fitzgerald's rise to stardom. The device of a narrator cat is somewhat silly and unnecessary, but the book overall succeeds due to the lovely illustrations and admiring treatment of the subject matter.The lush illustrations of this book and the slightly jazzy rythm of the narration make the reader almost hear the sounds of Fitzgerald singing. Young readers should be advised to check out a recording of Fitzgerald along with this picture book.
Filled with historical facts, very interesting information
Vibrant color illustrations to "woo" in readers are tucked in this beautiful book. The storyline allows the reader's imagination to soar along with the "First Lady of Song." A great way to introduce young readers to music from times past, could be done by using this tale. Ella Jane Fitzgerald was born on 25 April 1917 in Newport News, Virginia and died on 15 June 1996 and her music has touched many as well as added to jazz's beauty for generations to come. *This is a wonderful book.