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Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald

by Roxane Orgill

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Everyone knows about Ella Fitzgerald (or they should). However, there are many things they do not know. Ella had a tougher life than most, living on the streets as a teen. This book gave great background information that I did not know before. ( )
  dbuster | Apr 20, 2016 |
Summary: Ella Fitzgerald is a famous singer who had a hard life growing up. Nothing came easy for Ella, but that never stopped her from giving up on her dreams. She continued to sing and dance on the street, and auditioned for contests until she was discovered. ( )
  mloya | Feb 18, 2016 |
This biography about Ella Fitzgerald shed light on her life story in a very positive and interesting way. I was able to learn many things about Fitzgerald that I had never known before. It was a very easy yet sophisticated read. I tagged this book as being diverse because of the rough beginnings that she had to face. Ella Fitzgerald was unable to remain in one safe happy home and in comfortable skin for a long period of time. However, she overcame many obstacles in life and I am so glad that her story was able to have a happy ending. ( )
  jmistret | Jan 19, 2016 |
This story about Ella Fitzgerald shows how she worked her way up to pursue her dream. Even though she was faced with many obstacles throughout the story, Ella did not give up on her passion as she believed that she had a great talent. ( )
  sottallah | Apr 16, 2015 |
This biography on Ella Fitzgerald isn't afraid to embrace the good and the bad of Ella's story. The colors of the pages are bright and colorful despite the downs Ella's had showing off her determination and strong will to get through everything. The book does not "pretty" up Ella's journey and make it only happy. It goes into the death of her mother, moving around, being abused in the orphanage, being turned down, and living on the streets. The book is true to her story and shows how hard she worked to get where she is. The book is a little lengthy for k-3 but that's with sticking to the story. Good biography and great research went into Ella Fitzgerald by the author. ( )
  crieder95 | Mar 30, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763617334, Hardcover)

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.

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A biography of jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald.

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