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Libba : the magnificent musical life of Elizabeth Cotten

Veirs, Laura (author.). Fazlalizadeh, Tatyana, (illustrator.).

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Godel Memorial-Warren Library e 921 COT (Text) 35500006009920 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 1452148570
  • ISBN: 9781452148571
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
  • Publisher: San Francisco, California : Chronicle Books, [2018]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.: Elizabeth Cotten was only a little girl when she picked up a guitar for the first time. It wasn't hers (it was her big brother's), and it wasn't strung right for her (she was left-handed). But she flipped that guitar upside down and backwards and taught herself how to play it anyway. By age eleven, she'd written "Freight Train," one of the most famous folk songs of the twentieth century. And by the end of her life, people everywhere from the sunny beaches of California to the rolling hills of England knew her music.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2017 November #2
    Libba Cotten, who grew up at the turn of the twentieth century, taught herself to play her big brother's guitar. Left-handed, she played upside down. When her brother moved away, she worked and saved to buy her own guitar, which she played while making up songs. Decades later, after Ruth Crawford Seeger hired Libba Cotten as a housekeeper, her talent was discovered within that very musical home. As Veirs writes in a lengthy note, Cotten performed "Freight Train," which she had written as a child, and other songs beginning in the 1950s and toured extensively for many years. Characterizing Cotten as a quiet, gentle soul, the straightforward text and informative author's note will mainly interest children and adults who love her music. The illustrations vary from a couple of scenes with awkwardly positioned figures to a handsome, expressive portrait of Cotten's face. Tinted with muted tans, blues, roses, greens, and grays, the softly shaded black drawings capture the tone of the story. A strong picture-book biography profiling a notable African American musician and songwriter. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Laura Veirs is a singer-songwriter and longtime fan of Elizabeth Cotten. This is her first picture book. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is based in Brooklyn, New York, and is an artist and activist. This is her first picture book.

Subject: Cotten, Elizabeth Juvenile literature
African American women singers Biography Juvenile literature
Singers United States Biography Juvenile literature
African Americans Biography Juvenile literature
Women Biography Juvenile literature
Genre: Picture books.
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