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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrea Davis Pinkney Narrator: Billy Dee Williams Publisher: Weston Woods Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • “The lengthy text, filled with jazzy colloquialisms, keeps its focus solidly on the music, describing the thrill of Fitzgerald’s performances in language that rhymes and slides with the swinging beat of its subject and places readers at the center of the action. Younger children won’t understand the sense in many of the phrases, but heard aloud, the rhythm in the words will give them a feel for the music; older readers will enjoy both the similarities to rap and spoken-word poetry.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The prose…swings to a syncopated beat and piles on the synesthesia.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In a playful, conversational tone, this work nearly sings the rhythms of scat. Lively words and phrases like ‘Her voice was quick-fried rhythm’ and ‘her scat swung to cloud nine and back’ are scattered throughout.”

    School Library Journal

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