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Libba : the magnificent musical life of Elizabeth Cotten

by Veirs, Laura,

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 10 Libraries 10 of 11 copies
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Braddock Carnegie Library Picture Books P REAL VEI
Location  Braddock Carnegie Library
Collection  Picture Books
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Biography j ML3930.C67 V45 2018
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Biography
Call Number  j ML3930.C67 V45 2018
Cooper-Siegel Community Library Childrens' Room j 92 COT
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Collection  Childrens' Room
Call Number  j 92 COT
Jefferson Hills Public Library Easy Nonfiction E 92 COT
Location  Jefferson Hills Public Library
Collection  Easy Nonfiction
Call Number  E 92 COT
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 92C COTTEN Vei
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 92C COTTEN Vei
Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B COTTEN
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Biography
Call Number  J B COTTEN
Penn Hills Library Juvenile Easys E j 92 COT
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Easys
Call Number  E j 92 COT
Upper St. Clair Township Library Juvenile Biography P-PERSON COTTEN
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Juvenile Biography
Western Allegheny Community Library Juvenile Biography J BIO COTTEN
Location  Western Allegheny Community Library
Collection  Juvenile Biography
Call Number  J BIO COTTEN
Wilkinsburg Public Library Easy Nonfiction E 92 COTTON
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
Collection  Easy Nonfiction
Call Number  E 92 COTTON
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Brentwood Library Easy STAFF USE
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This lyrical, loving picture book from popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and debut illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh tells the story of the determined, gifted, daring Elizabeth Cotten--one of the most celebrated American folk musicians of all time.

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.

A Junior Library Guild selection

★ "The message of never giving up on a dream, no matter the circumstances, will resonate deeply with readers--purchase for all picture book biography collections." --School Library Journal, starred review

★ "An inspiring tale of an artist." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "Elegant and moving."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "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.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "As a child in North Carolina at the end of the 19th century, Elizabeth Cotten taught herself to play her brother's guitar. It didn't matter that she was left-handed: she just played the guitar upside down. "It was kind of like brushing your teeth with your foot," writes Veirs, a singer-songwriter making her children's book debut. Cotten didn't pursue a career in music ("Time swept Libba up, and she stopped playing guitar"), and when readers next see her, she is a grandmother working in a department store. After being hired as a housekeeper by Ruth Crawford Seeger, Cotten impressed the famous family of folk musicians with her playing, leading to a lovely second act as a musician. Newcomer Fazlalizadeh's graphite drawings bring a moody atmosphere to Cotten's story, an elegant and moving portrait of a musician's late-in-life success and singular approach to her craft. Ages 5-8. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Cotten, Elizabeth -- Juvenile literature.
Cotten, Elizabeth.
African American women singers -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Singers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Biography.
Women -- Biography.
Publisher San Francisco :2018
Contributors Fazlalizadeh, Tatyana, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781452148571
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