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Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat

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Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat
Written by Roxane Orgill
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780763664589
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Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat
Ella Fitzgerald

author: Roxane Orgill
illustrator: Sean Qualls

series name:
Candlewick Biographies

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.

A swinging bio of young Ella Fitzgerald, who pushed through the toughest of times to become one of America’s most beloved jazz singers.
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0763664588 /  9780763664589
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Non-Fiction - Picture Book / Paperback
age range:
6 yrs - 9 yrs
# of pages/size:
48 / 6" x 9"
grade range:
Grade 1 - Grade 4
Biography & Autobiography;
author’s comments:
Roxane Orgill is an award-winning writer on music and the author of several biographies for young readers, including Mahalia: A Life in Gospel Music and Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele Astaire. She is also the author of Dream Lucky, a book for adults about big-band jazz, race, and politics in the 1930s. She lives in New York City.
illustrator’s comments:
Sean Qualls is the illustrator of many books for children, including Dizzy; Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane; The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Monzano; and Phillis’s Big Test. He lives in Brooklyn.
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