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  • Posted February 15, 2011

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    Ella!

    . This is a wonderful and comprehensive book on the late, great Ella Fitzgerald. . During the depression, this young woman, against all odds, survived and flourished because of hard work, amazing talent and spirit. . While it's a picture book, it has quite a lot of text, so it is best used with an older audience. . This will make a great addition to a "Great Americans" shelf or "Amazing Women in History" shelf in your library, Black History month or not. Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald is an amazing biography of a trail-blazing woman of color, who against all odds and with an amazing amount of hard work, found her way, first, to survival, and then to fame and fortune. Ella was a personal favorite of my late father, and full disclosure, I was weaned on her music. That said, I had no idea of her life until I read this wonderful book. What a life she led! Ella faced enormous odds. Her mother died at a young age, her guardian fed her and clothed her, but did not do much more than that. But Ella's feet wouldn't stop moving to the beat of the new jazz she was hearing coming from that magical place, Harlem. Ella ended up in a school for orphans, but made a remarkable escape from that lonely and terrifying place, and headed straight to her promised land, 125th Street. After a LOT of hard work, sometimes even living on the street, Ella ended up at the Apollo theartre, and the rest, as they say, is history! This lovely biography tells her story respectfully, with outstanding artwork that jumps off the page. I especially liked how the author took Ella's story to a new audience, children, and made it very easy for them to read and understand it.

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