Skit Scat Raggedy Cat Ella Fitzgerald 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 s

  • Title: Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald
  • Author: Roxane Orgill Sean Qualls
  • ISBN: 9780763664589
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 wA 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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    1. • This is a wonderful and comprehensive book on the late, great Ella Fitzgerald. • During the depression, this young woman, against all odds, survived and flourished because of hard work, amazing talent and spirit. • While it's a picture book, it has quite a lot of text, so it is best used with an older audience.• This will make a great addition to a "Great Americans" shelf or "Amazing Women in History" shelf in your library,Black History month or not.Sweet Book Summary:Skit-Scat Raggedy [...]

    2. Excellent account of the rise to stardom of one our greatest singers. We meet young Ella Fitzgerald when she’s singing and dancing at home and follow her through years of hardship. The book reaches a climax when Ella lands her first big job with Chick Webb’s band and she records her first hit record at age 21 (“A Tisket, A Tasket”). Song lyrics are nicely woven into the narrative, and the illustrations are wonderful. The contrast between her joyful singing and the harsh realities of her [...]

    3. Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat is a musical bio of the very talented Ella Fitzgerald. The bio shows a girl with big dreams, but with small pockets. It gives the reader the detailed version of how this musical sensation had no money, no place to rest her head, but a determination like no other. It’s shows how her fast feet and powerful voice lead her on a magical journey during very hard times. Illustrations are colorful and eye catching, but not a distraction to the comprehension of the text. It’s a [...]

    4. This is a fascinating look at Ella Fitzgerald's early years and her beginnings in music. I did not know her story and we all learned a bit about this amazing singer. The illustrations complement the story nicely and although I'm not that good of a singer, I tried my best to sing the little bits of songs included in the narrative. We really enjoyed reading this story together. Later, I pulled up some videos on Ella Fitzgerald on YouTube so our girls could see them, since they aren't very familiar [...]

    5. The words of this biography move like music, telling the story of Ella's teen years. She grew up poor and after her mother died and she got into some trouble with the law, Ella escaped an abusive girls' home and lived on the streets before making her singing debut at the Apollo Theater when she was 17. The text begs to be read aloud and this is a good picture book to share with older readers. More on the blog: abbythelibrarian/2010/

    6. "Ella was raggedy and poor, but she was tough. All she needed was someone to notice her and give her a chance." I'm a sucker for anything illustrated by the mega-talented Sean Qualls, and this smart, interesting biography of Ella Fitzgerald is no exception. In focusing more on her life as a young adult seeking fame, the story has a great amount of depth.

    7. I thought the book was interesting and inspiring but I think the story is more interesting to adults than kids.

    8. This is another biography for kids. I wanted to like it a little more than I did. The subject matter is undeniably interesting, but the book itself is just okay.

    9. This picture book biography tells the fascinating and inspirational story of Ella Fitzgerald. She grew up at a time when most people had little money, but she was able to dance on the street for spare change. After her mother died, things really went downhill for Ella. With an engaging, narrative text and colorful illustrations done in acrylic, pencil, and collage, this story of how she got her act together through hard work and determination to become a star. It would be fun to listen to some o [...]

    10. Three-line review: I don't know much about Ms. Fitzgerald, and this books seems to hit the highlights of her life when she was coming of age as a performer. Injecting "sound" into the writing didn't do much for me (see "skit-scat raggedy cat"), and the illustrations felt a bit flat as well. Regardless, it was a well-told story for a young audience about a legendary figure.

    11. Story and illustrations are rich. I didn't know about Ella Fitzgerald's childhood until now. Makes her even more remarkable. My 94 yr old mother enjoyed this book, too. I am so grateful that more and more children's and juvenile books are being written about women and their achievements.

    12. Fabulous illustrations by Sean Qualls. Inspiring story of the determination and talent of Ella Fitzgerald. An afterword would have been welcome, but what is here about her young life is good. Multi-platform bibliography is included.

    13. This book goes into detail about Ella Fitzgerald life. You see the ups and downs that she went through from losing her mom at such a young age to finally getting a chance to sing live. I do think this book is for older kids or even adults, because of how detailed and lengthy the story is.

    14. Book Title: Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald by Roxane Orgill Short Description of the Book: In this book, the readers get a sense of singer Ella Fitzgerald as she struggles in her younger years all the way until a discovery is made about how talented this woman was. A star was born. FOCUS: Informational Features I would use in a Mini-Lesson:1) When we cover our Harlem Renaissance unit in English III Honors / Advanced Placement English III, this book would be a great tool for the group wit [...]

    15. "Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald" is a children's biography that is suited for grades 2-4, in my opinion. This book does a wonderful job of showing the true side of Ella Fitzgerald's tough childhood which included the death of her mother, being extremely poor, and not having an actual place to live, eat, or sleep. The book shows readers her struggles but somehow manages to keep a positive upbeat feeling while doing so. This is an extremely wonderful book to read to children, but the langu [...]

    16. Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald tells the story of her life from childhood to the beginning of her remarkable career.Roxane Orgill's love of music is evident in her lyrical prose, as she shows us the life of one of music's greatest performers who grew up dancing for change on the streets of Yonkers showing off steps she learned by taking the train up to Harlem to watch the dancers in the Cotton Club.Sean Qualls' artwork is full of energy, and perfectly captures the era's jazzy style Ella [...]

    17. Wow! This book really brought Ella Fitzgerald to life. It was a slow build, and it was rather long, but well worth the read.Instead of focusing on Ella’s successful career or the entirety of her life, Skit-Scat looks at her teenage years. She grew up in Yonkers and loved to dance. She and her friend Charlie would dance on the street corner where they earned a few cents. At 14 her mother died suddenly and this began a spiral downwards for Ella. She lived with an “unkind” step father (the bo [...]

    18. This book tells the true story of Ella Fitzgerald beginning with her dancing with her mother and sister along to the music coming from the phonograph and ending with Ella recording a number one hit with the Chick Webb Band by the age of twenty-one. Readers will learn about the hardships Ella had to endure after the death of her mother, including not having a home. Readers discover Ella's journey and determination to become a star. Ella's story is very motivational and needs to be shared with stu [...]

    19. This is a colorful picture book that depicts the youth of Ella Fitzgerald in the early 1930s. Ella grew up poor but always had music and dance in her life. I love the description Orgill writes, “Ella was a rough-tough raggedy cat on the outside, but inside she was milky and silky and soft and shy.” Her mother Tempie died when she was 14; she was sent to live with her aunt and cousins in Harlem. She was mistreated and eventually ran away. Random people were impressed with her skills, and they [...]

    20. Orgill, R. & Qualls, S 2010. Skit-skat raggedy cat Ella Fitzgerald. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald’s path to stardom was not without bumps and detours. Her mother died when she was just fourteen years old, causing Ella to realize the challenges of growing up without her mother and without the encouragement and knowledge about how to put her singing and dancing talents to use. This colorfully illustrated biography with its creative use of fonts grabs the reader [...]

    21. The author of accomplished biographies about Mahalia Jackson, Fred and Adele Astaire and others contributes a gem about Fitzgerald’s early life in Yonkers and Harlem. The lively writing sings and swings along with Ella, who entertained schoolmates and danced for coins with her friend Charlie. Her mother’s untimely death engendered many bad turns: Petty crime earned Ella time in a cruelly operated orphanage upstate. Orgill clearly shows that Fitzgerald’s career and success were built on the [...]

    22. This is a hard one for me to interpret my feelings on. I learned a few things about Ella that I hadn't known before and I appreciated the rhythmic pacing of the story. However, all in all, this book doesn't provide you with all that much information on Ella's life and focuses on only a small part of her story. Instead, the focus is more on the music she felt in her soul and that's highlighted through the lyrics that are abundant throughout the book. I would have liked more biographical informati [...]

    23. Ella, dear, dear Ella, what a horrible childhood you had. What a brilliant talent you had. What a good book this is. Not suitable for reading aloud for groups younger than about grade 2, but pairing with Charlie Parker Played Be Bop, Be Boy Buzz, and Trombone Shorty would make for an engaging unit. I would probably stretch some preschoolers and use some of the illustrations in a storytime, too, if I were still doing them.

    24. I was disappointed I didn't receive this in the FirstReads giveaway, but I checked it out of the library instead. This is an excellent picture book for intermediate students and older -- I love Ella Fitzgerald's music, but I didn't realize everything she had to overcome to "make it."I'm also pleased with the resources and links available in the back of the book. I find that these links are often the deciding factor in whether I have a memorable lesson or just a good one -- the extra resources fo [...]

    25. A beautifully illustrated biography of Ella Fitzgerald. The text is descriptive, incorporating Ella's style of singing, and captures Ella's tough teen years. Ella overcame losing her mother at a young age, poverty, adversity and discrimination to make it as a singer. This would be a wonderful read aloud of middle school students learning about the life in the 1930s. It explores so many themes that students touch on as part of their social studies curriculum while giving a face to a specific stor [...]

    26. Illustrator- Sean QuallsWord Count: 2,818Reading Level: 4.7Interest Level: K-3Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 138407 (08/05/10) / grade: Middle GradesThis book is about Ella Fitzgerald's rise to fame and fortune. Ella had to deal with her mother dying at a young age, being left with a guardian who didn't treat her well, and poverty. She eventually ended up in an orphanage but managed to escape and work hard til she ended up at the Apollo theater. This book can be use [...]

    27. What a superb book! I very much enjoyed Roxane Orgill's picture book about Fred & Adele Astaire so I'm not surprised that this book about the early years of Ella Fitzgerald's life was just as good. Fitzgerald had a rough start but went off to become a jazz great. The crux of the story is Ella's determination to sing and dance even in the face of life's cruel obstacles (her mother's death, her mean step-father, her raggedy clothes & appearance, her homelessness and poverty). I highly reco [...]

    28. A quite comprehensive review of Ella Fitzgerald's life. It teaches a useful lesson in perseverance, but I think the author could have made her telling of Ella's struggles more appropriate for the target age group (5-8 years). I understand that Ella's life--particularly her youth--was difficult, but some of the material included is frightening to small children (e.g children were locked in chains and only given bread to eat at the orphanage where Ella lived for some time). A useful biography that [...]

    29. I didn't realize how little I knew about Ella Fitzgerald's life until I read this book. It's highly detailed but still accessible for kids of many ages, and the simple drawings are really lovely. I love stories for kids that focus on building on yourself, learning, growing from your circumstances, encouraging independence, etc and this book has it all, with some history tied in to-boot. It's really awesome - highly recommend!

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