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Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten (Hardback)
  • Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten (Hardback)

Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten (Hardback)

Hardback 40 Pages / Published: 16/01/2018
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Elisabeth 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-she was left-handed. But she flipped that guitar upside down and backwards and taught herself how to play it anyway. By eleven, she'd written "Freight Train," one of the most famous folk songs. And by the end of her life, everyone from the California beaches to the rolling hills of England knew her music. This lyrical, loving book from acclaimed singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and debut illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh tells the story of the determined, gifted, daring Elisabeth Cotten-one of the most celebrated American folk musicians of all time.

Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781452148571
Number of pages: 40
Dimensions: 254 x 203 mm

"An inspiring tale of an artist who came into her own later in life."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"The message of never giving up on a dream, no matter the circumstances, will resonate deeply with readers."-School Library Journal, starred review
"Elegant and moving."-Publishers Weekly, starred review
"What a wonderful tribute to an amazing and talented woman."-Laura Vaccaro Seeger, author of the Caldecott honor-winning books Green and First the Egg
"A strong picture-book biography profiling a notable African American musician and songwriter."- Booklist
"[An] inspiring love song to an American talent who always kept rolling."-- Shelf Awareness
"Tells Cotten's story with simple, poetic language and lovely, subdued pencil drawings."-- GeekDad
"Singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and up-and-coming illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh illuminate the life of influential American folk musician Elizabeth Cotten."-- Real Simple
"Lovely and inspiring." --Cool Mom Picks
"An utterly fresh take on a holiday tradition that can seem too mushy and too-commercial." --Common Sense Media
"A tale of music, determination, and kindness in language simple enough for early readers and lively enough to make it a good choice for read-aloud -- and maybe a sing-along or two." --Common Sense Media

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