Ella the Swinging Duck

Ella the Swinging Duck


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An inspiring picture book about music, friendship, and the courage to be yourself. For swinging music makers ages 4 and up.

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ISBN-13: 9781605374987
Publisher: Clavis
Publication date: 04/28/2020
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.27(w) x 11.42(h) x (d)
Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 9 Years

About the Author

Suzan Overmeer (1973) works as the head of the education of Music Teacher at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag and creates jazz songs and lessons for kids, through her company Jazz4kids. In 2015 she published Roze Ikke, a poetry book for young children. In 2018 she wrote the musical story Ella, the swinging duck.

Myriam Berenschotis a fulltime illustrator. After her graduation at the art academy, she gave art and drawing lessons to children. Currently, she makes so many illustrations, especially for educational publishers, that she doesn’t have time to teach. Myriam likes to discover new materials and techniques, and what effects they have. Is it sweet or more angry? She also uses the computer and the IPad to create the right atmosphere. Myriam wants to touch her public. And often that is with themes that are very close. Just have a look around ...


In 2006, I started my own company: Jazz4kids. I develop educational jazz projects for children and wrote a method called “Jazz in the classroom”. I go to schools to give workshops on improvisations and write jazz concerts for children. I’ve always wanted to make a production for young children, ages 3-6, preferably starting from a story. I came up with Ella, a Swinging Fairy Tale, loosely based on the tale of the ugly duckling. It became a completely new story about the jazzy duckling Ella that was different from her classic family. Ella left home to look for someone she could sing and swing with. That’s how she turned the fact that she was “different” into a huge talent.
The story and the songs really resonated with the young audience. Children fell in love with Ella and everyone sympathized with the special and brave duckling. Slowly the idea arose that it might be interesting to turn this story into a book. I already published a picture book at Clavis, so I first suggested the idea to them and I’m really grateful Clavis immediately liked the story.
It was a challenge to rewrite my concert into a story, but I did it and I’m really proud of the result. Myriam Berenschot made beautiful illustrations and that’s how a new Ella was born: Ella the Swinging Duck.

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