The story of young Ella Fitzgerald describes her early years and the hardships she overcame to become one of the greatest jazz vocalists.
Children's Literature - Marcie Flinchum Atkins
Ella Fitzgerald was not born to a privileged family. She did not take music lessons nor did she have many opportunities to nourish her talents, but she did have a mother who loved music. But when Ella's mother died, so did her security. Ella lived on the street, still hanging onto her love of jazz, auditioning at amateur competitions until she was noticed. She had nothing of material value, but her love and musical talent helped her rise to stardom. Orgill's lengthy but informative text has a rhythm to it. Scattered with jazz songs, the reader gets a feel for the rhythm of the jazz music that Fitzgerald loved so much. The text is also full of details that make this biography sing. The back matter includes references to other books about Fitzgerald, a list containing a selection of her albums, Internet resources and recommended films. Qualls' illustrations show the fluid movement of this jazz sensation. Highly recommended for classrooms, libraries, and gift giving to children who love music or inspirational biographies. Reviewer: Marcie Flinchum Atkins