Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten

Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten

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 brothe This lyrical, loving picture book from popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and debut illustrator Tatyana Fazlaliz...

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Title:Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten
Author:Laura Veirs
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:1452148570
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:40 pages pages

Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten Reviews

  • David Schaafsma
    Jul 16, 2018

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

  • June
    Mar 19, 2018

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

    Moving story of Elizabeth Cotton -- starting with her childhood when she first picked up her brother's guitar to play, to her experiences with the Seegers, to her eventually playing all over including the "grand cathedrals in London and velvet theaters in Rome." Freight Train is still ...

    I put this book on hold because I saw that Laura Veirs (a folk singer I really like) wrote a book, then I fell in love with this book because I learned about someone new. I've noticed an increase in books for children being written about lesser known figures in history. I love that kid...

    I always wish that musical biographies would include a CD! However, I was intrigued enough that I did look for her playing "Freight Train" when I was typing up this review. The story of Libba Cotten, who was a self-taught musician, played upside down and backwards and wrote her firs...

  • Donalyn
    Nov 25, 2017

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

  • Cindy Hudson
    Apr 13, 2018

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

    Moving story of Elizabeth Cotton -- starting with her childhood when she first picked up her brother's guitar to play, to her experiences with the Seegers, to her eventually playing all over including the "grand cathedrals in London and velvet theaters in Rome." Freight Train is still ...

    I put this book on hold because I saw that Laura Veirs (a folk singer I really like) wrote a book, then I fell in love with this book because I learned about someone new. I've noticed an increase in books for children being written about lesser known figures in history. I love that kid...

    I always wish that musical biographies would include a CD! However, I was intrigued enough that I did look for her playing "Freight Train" when I was typing up this review. The story of Libba Cotten, who was a self-taught musician, played upside down and backwards and wrote her firs...

    I love nonfiction picture books with great back matter material. In her author's note, Laura Veirs writes about how this story came about and provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. This is a great story of a girl who was meant to play music despite all the things going again...

    Loved it. This really spoke to me: Elizabeth Cotten did realize success, but only after interruptions from other events in her life. Works more as a picture book than as a biography, since the author glosses over decades of Cotten?s life. ...

    It's hard for me to be objective about a story about a woman of color coming into her own later in life who PLAYS GUITAR and is LEFT-HANDED. I first learned to play guitar upside down, because it's all there was. I can still play a handful of chords upside down. We lefties are resource...

    Simply told and beautifully illustrated picturebook biography of folksinger Elizabeth Cotten, who was from Chapel Hill and became famous all over the world for her upside-down-and-backwards guitar style. ...

    This is a great story. I'd never heard of Elizabeth Cotten. She was playing like Jimi Hendrix before Jimi Hendrix! ...

    Interesting bio about Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (1893-1987) who's song Shake Sugaree inspired the Grateful Dead musicians to write their song Sugaree! ...

    3.5, mostly because I really like the illustrations. ...

    Elizabeth Cotten, known as ?Libba,? was born in North Carolina in 1893. (She died in 1987.) As she told Mike Seeger (a half-brother of Pete Seeger), in a 1966 interview, ?My father?s people was Indians. My father?s mother was a slave. My mother?s people were not slaves.? ...

    Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten is a children's picture book written by Laura Veirs and illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. It is a cursory biography of Elizabeth Cotten who found her older brother's guitar and learned how to play it ? upside down and backwar...

    Told in a structure reminiscent of Cotten?s own folk song, singer-songwriter Laura Veirs tells the story of an music idol of hers: Elizabeth Cotten. When Libba was a young girl, she took up her brother?s guitar. In order to play it left-handed, she flipped it up and around and p...

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.5 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Do you hear music everywhere you go? Do you hear it in everyday chores and activities? Elizabeth Cotten did! She hear...

    Elizabeth Cotten was a self-taught musician who learned to play the guitar upside down and backwards, as she was left handed. While she composed her first song at the age of 13, she didn?t start performing or receive recognition for her work until she was a grandmother. Laura Veirs t...

  • Tasha
    Mar 24, 2018

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

    Moving story of Elizabeth Cotton -- starting with her childhood when she first picked up her brother's guitar to play, to her experiences with the Seegers, to her eventually playing all over including the "grand cathedrals in London and velvet theaters in Rome." Freight Train is still ...

    I put this book on hold because I saw that Laura Veirs (a folk singer I really like) wrote a book, then I fell in love with this book because I learned about someone new. I've noticed an increase in books for children being written about lesser known figures in history. I love that kid...

    I always wish that musical biographies would include a CD! However, I was intrigued enough that I did look for her playing "Freight Train" when I was typing up this review. The story of Libba Cotten, who was a self-taught musician, played upside down and backwards and wrote her firs...

    I love nonfiction picture books with great back matter material. In her author's note, Laura Veirs writes about how this story came about and provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. This is a great story of a girl who was meant to play music despite all the things going again...

    Loved it. This really spoke to me: Elizabeth Cotten did realize success, but only after interruptions from other events in her life. Works more as a picture book than as a biography, since the author glosses over decades of Cotten?s life. ...

    It's hard for me to be objective about a story about a woman of color coming into her own later in life who PLAYS GUITAR and is LEFT-HANDED. I first learned to play guitar upside down, because it's all there was. I can still play a handful of chords upside down. We lefties are resource...

    Simply told and beautifully illustrated picturebook biography of folksinger Elizabeth Cotten, who was from Chapel Hill and became famous all over the world for her upside-down-and-backwards guitar style. ...

    This is a great story. I'd never heard of Elizabeth Cotten. She was playing like Jimi Hendrix before Jimi Hendrix! ...

    Interesting bio about Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (1893-1987) who's song Shake Sugaree inspired the Grateful Dead musicians to write their song Sugaree! ...

    3.5, mostly because I really like the illustrations. ...

    Elizabeth Cotten, known as ?Libba,? was born in North Carolina in 1893. (She died in 1987.) As she told Mike Seeger (a half-brother of Pete Seeger), in a 1966 interview, ?My father?s people was Indians. My father?s mother was a slave. My mother?s people were not slaves.? ...

    Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten is a children's picture book written by Laura Veirs and illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. It is a cursory biography of Elizabeth Cotten who found her older brother's guitar and learned how to play it ? upside down and backwar...

    Told in a structure reminiscent of Cotten?s own folk song, singer-songwriter Laura Veirs tells the story of an music idol of hers: Elizabeth Cotten. When Libba was a young girl, she took up her brother?s guitar. In order to play it left-handed, she flipped it up and around and p...

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.5 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Do you hear music everywhere you go? Do you hear it in everyday chores and activities? Elizabeth Cotten did! She hear...

    Elizabeth Cotten was a self-taught musician who learned to play the guitar upside down and backwards, as she was left handed. While she composed her first song at the age of 13, she didn?t start performing or receive recognition for her work until she was a grandmother. Laura Veirs t...

    I'd never heard of folk singer Elizabeth (Libba) Cotten before picking up this picture book, but I came away impressed by her resilience and creativity. Because she was left-handed, she learned to play her brother's guitar backwards and wrote a song when she was eleven years old. Altho...

    When Libba was a little girl, she heard music everywhere, so she would borrow her brother?s guitar to play the music in her head. Her brother was right handed though, so Libba would need to play his guitar upside down and backward. When her brother left home, he took his guitar with ...

  • Barbara
    Sep 29, 2017

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

    Moving story of Elizabeth Cotton -- starting with her childhood when she first picked up her brother's guitar to play, to her experiences with the Seegers, to her eventually playing all over including the "grand cathedrals in London and velvet theaters in Rome." Freight Train is still ...

    I put this book on hold because I saw that Laura Veirs (a folk singer I really like) wrote a book, then I fell in love with this book because I learned about someone new. I've noticed an increase in books for children being written about lesser known figures in history. I love that kid...

    I always wish that musical biographies would include a CD! However, I was intrigued enough that I did look for her playing "Freight Train" when I was typing up this review. The story of Libba Cotten, who was a self-taught musician, played upside down and backwards and wrote her firs...

    I love nonfiction picture books with great back matter material. In her author's note, Laura Veirs writes about how this story came about and provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. This is a great story of a girl who was meant to play music despite all the things going again...

    Loved it. This really spoke to me: Elizabeth Cotten did realize success, but only after interruptions from other events in her life. Works more as a picture book than as a biography, since the author glosses over decades of Cotten?s life. ...

    It's hard for me to be objective about a story about a woman of color coming into her own later in life who PLAYS GUITAR and is LEFT-HANDED. I first learned to play guitar upside down, because it's all there was. I can still play a handful of chords upside down. We lefties are resource...

    Simply told and beautifully illustrated picturebook biography of folksinger Elizabeth Cotten, who was from Chapel Hill and became famous all over the world for her upside-down-and-backwards guitar style. ...

    This is a great story. I'd never heard of Elizabeth Cotten. She was playing like Jimi Hendrix before Jimi Hendrix! ...

    Interesting bio about Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (1893-1987) who's song Shake Sugaree inspired the Grateful Dead musicians to write their song Sugaree! ...

    3.5, mostly because I really like the illustrations. ...

    Elizabeth Cotten, known as ?Libba,? was born in North Carolina in 1893. (She died in 1987.) As she told Mike Seeger (a half-brother of Pete Seeger), in a 1966 interview, ?My father?s people was Indians. My father?s mother was a slave. My mother?s people were not slaves.? ...

    Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten is a children's picture book written by Laura Veirs and illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. It is a cursory biography of Elizabeth Cotten who found her older brother's guitar and learned how to play it ? upside down and backwar...

    Told in a structure reminiscent of Cotten?s own folk song, singer-songwriter Laura Veirs tells the story of an music idol of hers: Elizabeth Cotten. When Libba was a young girl, she took up her brother?s guitar. In order to play it left-handed, she flipped it up and around and p...

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.5 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Do you hear music everywhere you go? Do you hear it in everyday chores and activities? Elizabeth Cotten did! She hear...

    Elizabeth Cotten was a self-taught musician who learned to play the guitar upside down and backwards, as she was left handed. While she composed her first song at the age of 13, she didn?t start performing or receive recognition for her work until she was a grandmother. Laura Veirs t...

    I'd never heard of folk singer Elizabeth (Libba) Cotten before picking up this picture book, but I came away impressed by her resilience and creativity. Because she was left-handed, she learned to play her brother's guitar backwards and wrote a song when she was eleven years old. Altho...

  • Angie
    Aug 12, 2017

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

    Moving story of Elizabeth Cotton -- starting with her childhood when she first picked up her brother's guitar to play, to her experiences with the Seegers, to her eventually playing all over including the "grand cathedrals in London and velvet theaters in Rome." Freight Train is still ...

    I put this book on hold because I saw that Laura Veirs (a folk singer I really like) wrote a book, then I fell in love with this book because I learned about someone new. I've noticed an increase in books for children being written about lesser known figures in history. I love that kid...

    I always wish that musical biographies would include a CD! However, I was intrigued enough that I did look for her playing "Freight Train" when I was typing up this review. The story of Libba Cotten, who was a self-taught musician, played upside down and backwards and wrote her firs...

    I love nonfiction picture books with great back matter material. In her author's note, Laura Veirs writes about how this story came about and provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. This is a great story of a girl who was meant to play music despite all the things going again...

    Loved it. This really spoke to me: Elizabeth Cotten did realize success, but only after interruptions from other events in her life. Works more as a picture book than as a biography, since the author glosses over decades of Cotten?s life. ...

    It's hard for me to be objective about a story about a woman of color coming into her own later in life who PLAYS GUITAR and is LEFT-HANDED. I first learned to play guitar upside down, because it's all there was. I can still play a handful of chords upside down. We lefties are resource...

    Simply told and beautifully illustrated picturebook biography of folksinger Elizabeth Cotten, who was from Chapel Hill and became famous all over the world for her upside-down-and-backwards guitar style. ...

  • Andrea Lorenz
    Feb 22, 2018

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

  • Laurie
    Jan 15, 2018

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

    Moving story of Elizabeth Cotton -- starting with her childhood when she first picked up her brother's guitar to play, to her experiences with the Seegers, to her eventually playing all over including the "grand cathedrals in London and velvet theaters in Rome." Freight Train is still ...

    I put this book on hold because I saw that Laura Veirs (a folk singer I really like) wrote a book, then I fell in love with this book because I learned about someone new. I've noticed an increase in books for children being written about lesser known figures in history. I love that kid...

    I always wish that musical biographies would include a CD! However, I was intrigued enough that I did look for her playing "Freight Train" when I was typing up this review. The story of Libba Cotten, who was a self-taught musician, played upside down and backwards and wrote her firs...

    I love nonfiction picture books with great back matter material. In her author's note, Laura Veirs writes about how this story came about and provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. This is a great story of a girl who was meant to play music despite all the things going again...

    Loved it. This really spoke to me: Elizabeth Cotten did realize success, but only after interruptions from other events in her life. Works more as a picture book than as a biography, since the author glosses over decades of Cotten?s life. ...

    It's hard for me to be objective about a story about a woman of color coming into her own later in life who PLAYS GUITAR and is LEFT-HANDED. I first learned to play guitar upside down, because it's all there was. I can still play a handful of chords upside down. We lefties are resource...

    Simply told and beautifully illustrated picturebook biography of folksinger Elizabeth Cotten, who was from Chapel Hill and became famous all over the world for her upside-down-and-backwards guitar style. ...

    This is a great story. I'd never heard of Elizabeth Cotten. She was playing like Jimi Hendrix before Jimi Hendrix! ...

    Interesting bio about Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (1893-1987) who's song Shake Sugaree inspired the Grateful Dead musicians to write their song Sugaree! ...

    3.5, mostly because I really like the illustrations. ...

    Elizabeth Cotten, known as ?Libba,? was born in North Carolina in 1893. (She died in 1987.) As she told Mike Seeger (a half-brother of Pete Seeger), in a 1966 interview, ?My father?s people was Indians. My father?s mother was a slave. My mother?s people were not slaves.? ...

    Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten is a children's picture book written by Laura Veirs and illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. It is a cursory biography of Elizabeth Cotten who found her older brother's guitar and learned how to play it ? upside down and backwar...

    Told in a structure reminiscent of Cotten?s own folk song, singer-songwriter Laura Veirs tells the story of an music idol of hers: Elizabeth Cotten. When Libba was a young girl, she took up her brother?s guitar. In order to play it left-handed, she flipped it up and around and p...

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.5 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Do you hear music everywhere you go? Do you hear it in everyday chores and activities? Elizabeth Cotten did! She hear...

  • Jill
    Jun 02, 2018

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

    Moving story of Elizabeth Cotton -- starting with her childhood when she first picked up her brother's guitar to play, to her experiences with the Seegers, to her eventually playing all over including the "grand cathedrals in London and velvet theaters in Rome." Freight Train is still ...

    I put this book on hold because I saw that Laura Veirs (a folk singer I really like) wrote a book, then I fell in love with this book because I learned about someone new. I've noticed an increase in books for children being written about lesser known figures in history. I love that kid...

    I always wish that musical biographies would include a CD! However, I was intrigued enough that I did look for her playing "Freight Train" when I was typing up this review. The story of Libba Cotten, who was a self-taught musician, played upside down and backwards and wrote her firs...

    I love nonfiction picture books with great back matter material. In her author's note, Laura Veirs writes about how this story came about and provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. This is a great story of a girl who was meant to play music despite all the things going again...

    Loved it. This really spoke to me: Elizabeth Cotten did realize success, but only after interruptions from other events in her life. Works more as a picture book than as a biography, since the author glosses over decades of Cotten?s life. ...

    It's hard for me to be objective about a story about a woman of color coming into her own later in life who PLAYS GUITAR and is LEFT-HANDED. I first learned to play guitar upside down, because it's all there was. I can still play a handful of chords upside down. We lefties are resource...

    Simply told and beautifully illustrated picturebook biography of folksinger Elizabeth Cotten, who was from Chapel Hill and became famous all over the world for her upside-down-and-backwards guitar style. ...

    This is a great story. I'd never heard of Elizabeth Cotten. She was playing like Jimi Hendrix before Jimi Hendrix! ...

    Interesting bio about Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (1893-1987) who's song Shake Sugaree inspired the Grateful Dead musicians to write their song Sugaree! ...

    3.5, mostly because I really like the illustrations. ...

    Elizabeth Cotten, known as ?Libba,? was born in North Carolina in 1893. (She died in 1987.) As she told Mike Seeger (a half-brother of Pete Seeger), in a 1966 interview, ?My father?s people was Indians. My father?s mother was a slave. My mother?s people were not slaves.? ...

  • Diane
    Jan 13, 2019

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

    Moving story of Elizabeth Cotton -- starting with her childhood when she first picked up her brother's guitar to play, to her experiences with the Seegers, to her eventually playing all over including the "grand cathedrals in London and velvet theaters in Rome." Freight Train is still ...

    I put this book on hold because I saw that Laura Veirs (a folk singer I really like) wrote a book, then I fell in love with this book because I learned about someone new. I've noticed an increase in books for children being written about lesser known figures in history. I love that kid...

    I always wish that musical biographies would include a CD! However, I was intrigued enough that I did look for her playing "Freight Train" when I was typing up this review. The story of Libba Cotten, who was a self-taught musician, played upside down and backwards and wrote her firs...

    I love nonfiction picture books with great back matter material. In her author's note, Laura Veirs writes about how this story came about and provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. This is a great story of a girl who was meant to play music despite all the things going again...

    Loved it. This really spoke to me: Elizabeth Cotten did realize success, but only after interruptions from other events in her life. Works more as a picture book than as a biography, since the author glosses over decades of Cotten?s life. ...

    It's hard for me to be objective about a story about a woman of color coming into her own later in life who PLAYS GUITAR and is LEFT-HANDED. I first learned to play guitar upside down, because it's all there was. I can still play a handful of chords upside down. We lefties are resource...

    Simply told and beautifully illustrated picturebook biography of folksinger Elizabeth Cotten, who was from Chapel Hill and became famous all over the world for her upside-down-and-backwards guitar style. ...

    This is a great story. I'd never heard of Elizabeth Cotten. She was playing like Jimi Hendrix before Jimi Hendrix! ...

    Interesting bio about Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (1893-1987) who's song Shake Sugaree inspired the Grateful Dead musicians to write their song Sugaree! ...

    3.5, mostly because I really like the illustrations. ...

    Elizabeth Cotten, known as ?Libba,? was born in North Carolina in 1893. (She died in 1987.) As she told Mike Seeger (a half-brother of Pete Seeger), in a 1966 interview, ?My father?s people was Indians. My father?s mother was a slave. My mother?s people were not slaves.? ...

    Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten is a children's picture book written by Laura Veirs and illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. It is a cursory biography of Elizabeth Cotten who found her older brother's guitar and learned how to play it ? upside down and backwar...

    Told in a structure reminiscent of Cotten?s own folk song, singer-songwriter Laura Veirs tells the story of an music idol of hers: Elizabeth Cotten. When Libba was a young girl, she took up her brother?s guitar. In order to play it left-handed, she flipped it up and around and p...

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.5 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Do you hear music everywhere you go? Do you hear it in everyday chores and activities? Elizabeth Cotten did! She hear...

    Elizabeth Cotten was a self-taught musician who learned to play the guitar upside down and backwards, as she was left handed. While she composed her first song at the age of 13, she didn?t start performing or receive recognition for her work until she was a grandmother. Laura Veirs t...

    I'd never heard of folk singer Elizabeth (Libba) Cotten before picking up this picture book, but I came away impressed by her resilience and creativity. Because she was left-handed, she learned to play her brother's guitar backwards and wrote a song when she was eleven years old. Altho...

    When Libba was a little girl, she heard music everywhere, so she would borrow her brother?s guitar to play the music in her head. Her brother was right handed though, so Libba would need to play his guitar upside down and backward. When her brother left home, he took his guitar with ...

    A picture-book biography of Elizabeth Cotten, an African American folk musician whose songs and music apparently only became known to the world when she was a grandparent. The graphite illustrations with subtle colors show Cotten's joy & satisfaction in her creative outlet, and...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange for providing a review copy of this book-all opinions are my own. #kidlitexchange #partner Both an interesting biography and a inspirational piece, ?Libba? tells the story of music legend Libba Cotten. Born a poor, African American woman in the South in ...

    I just recently came across Elizabeth ?Libba? Cotten?s recordings trying to track down ?Freight Train,? which I have been humming or mumbling from memory for decades. And then I have just discovered Laura Veirs as a singer-songwriter. What a great convergence to then have thi...

    ?Libba Cotten heard music everywhere.? Though Libba was left-handed, she taught herself how to play her brother?s right-handed guitar. ?It was kind of like brushing your teeth with your feet.? When her brother left to find work and took his guitar, Libba worked and saved t...

  • Leslie
    Nov 15, 2018

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

    Moving story of Elizabeth Cotton -- starting with her childhood when she first picked up her brother's guitar to play, to her experiences with the Seegers, to her eventually playing all over including the "grand cathedrals in London and velvet theaters in Rome." Freight Train is still ...

    I put this book on hold because I saw that Laura Veirs (a folk singer I really like) wrote a book, then I fell in love with this book because I learned about someone new. I've noticed an increase in books for children being written about lesser known figures in history. I love that kid...

    I always wish that musical biographies would include a CD! However, I was intrigued enough that I did look for her playing "Freight Train" when I was typing up this review. The story of Libba Cotten, who was a self-taught musician, played upside down and backwards and wrote her firs...

    I love nonfiction picture books with great back matter material. In her author's note, Laura Veirs writes about how this story came about and provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. This is a great story of a girl who was meant to play music despite all the things going again...

    Loved it. This really spoke to me: Elizabeth Cotten did realize success, but only after interruptions from other events in her life. Works more as a picture book than as a biography, since the author glosses over decades of Cotten?s life. ...

    It's hard for me to be objective about a story about a woman of color coming into her own later in life who PLAYS GUITAR and is LEFT-HANDED. I first learned to play guitar upside down, because it's all there was. I can still play a handful of chords upside down. We lefties are resource...

    Simply told and beautifully illustrated picturebook biography of folksinger Elizabeth Cotten, who was from Chapel Hill and became famous all over the world for her upside-down-and-backwards guitar style. ...

    This is a great story. I'd never heard of Elizabeth Cotten. She was playing like Jimi Hendrix before Jimi Hendrix! ...

    Interesting bio about Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (1893-1987) who's song Shake Sugaree inspired the Grateful Dead musicians to write their song Sugaree! ...

    3.5, mostly because I really like the illustrations. ...

    Elizabeth Cotten, known as ?Libba,? was born in North Carolina in 1893. (She died in 1987.) As she told Mike Seeger (a half-brother of Pete Seeger), in a 1966 interview, ?My father?s people was Indians. My father?s mother was a slave. My mother?s people were not slaves.? ...

    Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten is a children's picture book written by Laura Veirs and illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. It is a cursory biography of Elizabeth Cotten who found her older brother's guitar and learned how to play it ? upside down and backwar...

    Told in a structure reminiscent of Cotten?s own folk song, singer-songwriter Laura Veirs tells the story of an music idol of hers: Elizabeth Cotten. When Libba was a young girl, she took up her brother?s guitar. In order to play it left-handed, she flipped it up and around and p...

  • Jason
    Apr 26, 2018

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

    Moving story of Elizabeth Cotton -- starting with her childhood when she first picked up her brother's guitar to play, to her experiences with the Seegers, to her eventually playing all over including the "grand cathedrals in London and velvet theaters in Rome." Freight Train is still ...

    I put this book on hold because I saw that Laura Veirs (a folk singer I really like) wrote a book, then I fell in love with this book because I learned about someone new. I've noticed an increase in books for children being written about lesser known figures in history. I love that kid...

    I always wish that musical biographies would include a CD! However, I was intrigued enough that I did look for her playing "Freight Train" when I was typing up this review. The story of Libba Cotten, who was a self-taught musician, played upside down and backwards and wrote her firs...

    I love nonfiction picture books with great back matter material. In her author's note, Laura Veirs writes about how this story came about and provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. This is a great story of a girl who was meant to play music despite all the things going again...

    Loved it. This really spoke to me: Elizabeth Cotten did realize success, but only after interruptions from other events in her life. Works more as a picture book than as a biography, since the author glosses over decades of Cotten?s life. ...

    It's hard for me to be objective about a story about a woman of color coming into her own later in life who PLAYS GUITAR and is LEFT-HANDED. I first learned to play guitar upside down, because it's all there was. I can still play a handful of chords upside down. We lefties are resource...

  • Justin Langlois
    Mar 06, 2018

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

    Moving story of Elizabeth Cotton -- starting with her childhood when she first picked up her brother's guitar to play, to her experiences with the Seegers, to her eventually playing all over including the "grand cathedrals in London and velvet theaters in Rome." Freight Train is still ...

    I put this book on hold because I saw that Laura Veirs (a folk singer I really like) wrote a book, then I fell in love with this book because I learned about someone new. I've noticed an increase in books for children being written about lesser known figures in history. I love that kid...

    I always wish that musical biographies would include a CD! However, I was intrigued enough that I did look for her playing "Freight Train" when I was typing up this review. The story of Libba Cotten, who was a self-taught musician, played upside down and backwards and wrote her firs...

    I love nonfiction picture books with great back matter material. In her author's note, Laura Veirs writes about how this story came about and provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. This is a great story of a girl who was meant to play music despite all the things going again...

    Loved it. This really spoke to me: Elizabeth Cotten did realize success, but only after interruptions from other events in her life. Works more as a picture book than as a biography, since the author glosses over decades of Cotten?s life. ...

    It's hard for me to be objective about a story about a woman of color coming into her own later in life who PLAYS GUITAR and is LEFT-HANDED. I first learned to play guitar upside down, because it's all there was. I can still play a handful of chords upside down. We lefties are resource...

    Simply told and beautifully illustrated picturebook biography of folksinger Elizabeth Cotten, who was from Chapel Hill and became famous all over the world for her upside-down-and-backwards guitar style. ...

    This is a great story. I'd never heard of Elizabeth Cotten. She was playing like Jimi Hendrix before Jimi Hendrix! ...

  • Scottsdale Public Library
    Jun 12, 2018

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

  • Missy
    Jan 03, 2019

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

  • Turrean
    Jan 02, 2018

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

    Moving story of Elizabeth Cotton -- starting with her childhood when she first picked up her brother's guitar to play, to her experiences with the Seegers, to her eventually playing all over including the "grand cathedrals in London and velvet theaters in Rome." Freight Train is still ...

    I put this book on hold because I saw that Laura Veirs (a folk singer I really like) wrote a book, then I fell in love with this book because I learned about someone new. I've noticed an increase in books for children being written about lesser known figures in history. I love that kid...

    I always wish that musical biographies would include a CD! However, I was intrigued enough that I did look for her playing "Freight Train" when I was typing up this review. The story of Libba Cotten, who was a self-taught musician, played upside down and backwards and wrote her firs...

    I love nonfiction picture books with great back matter material. In her author's note, Laura Veirs writes about how this story came about and provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. This is a great story of a girl who was meant to play music despite all the things going again...

    Loved it. This really spoke to me: Elizabeth Cotten did realize success, but only after interruptions from other events in her life. Works more as a picture book than as a biography, since the author glosses over decades of Cotten?s life. ...

  • Erica
    May 10, 2018

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

    Moving story of Elizabeth Cotton -- starting with her childhood when she first picked up her brother's guitar to play, to her experiences with the Seegers, to her eventually playing all over including the "grand cathedrals in London and velvet theaters in Rome." Freight Train is still ...

    I put this book on hold because I saw that Laura Veirs (a folk singer I really like) wrote a book, then I fell in love with this book because I learned about someone new. I've noticed an increase in books for children being written about lesser known figures in history. I love that kid...

    I always wish that musical biographies would include a CD! However, I was intrigued enough that I did look for her playing "Freight Train" when I was typing up this review. The story of Libba Cotten, who was a self-taught musician, played upside down and backwards and wrote her firs...

    I love nonfiction picture books with great back matter material. In her author's note, Laura Veirs writes about how this story came about and provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. This is a great story of a girl who was meant to play music despite all the things going again...

    Loved it. This really spoke to me: Elizabeth Cotten did realize success, but only after interruptions from other events in her life. Works more as a picture book than as a biography, since the author glosses over decades of Cotten?s life. ...

    It's hard for me to be objective about a story about a woman of color coming into her own later in life who PLAYS GUITAR and is LEFT-HANDED. I first learned to play guitar upside down, because it's all there was. I can still play a handful of chords upside down. We lefties are resource...

    Simply told and beautifully illustrated picturebook biography of folksinger Elizabeth Cotten, who was from Chapel Hill and became famous all over the world for her upside-down-and-backwards guitar style. ...

    This is a great story. I'd never heard of Elizabeth Cotten. She was playing like Jimi Hendrix before Jimi Hendrix! ...

    Interesting bio about Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (1893-1987) who's song Shake Sugaree inspired the Grateful Dead musicians to write their song Sugaree! ...

    3.5, mostly because I really like the illustrations. ...

    Elizabeth Cotten, known as ?Libba,? was born in North Carolina in 1893. (She died in 1987.) As she told Mike Seeger (a half-brother of Pete Seeger), in a 1966 interview, ?My father?s people was Indians. My father?s mother was a slave. My mother?s people were not slaves.? ...

    Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten is a children's picture book written by Laura Veirs and illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. It is a cursory biography of Elizabeth Cotten who found her older brother's guitar and learned how to play it ? upside down and backwar...

    Told in a structure reminiscent of Cotten?s own folk song, singer-songwriter Laura Veirs tells the story of an music idol of hers: Elizabeth Cotten. When Libba was a young girl, she took up her brother?s guitar. In order to play it left-handed, she flipped it up and around and p...

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.5 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Do you hear music everywhere you go? Do you hear it in everyday chores and activities? Elizabeth Cotten did! She hear...

    Elizabeth Cotten was a self-taught musician who learned to play the guitar upside down and backwards, as she was left handed. While she composed her first song at the age of 13, she didn?t start performing or receive recognition for her work until she was a grandmother. Laura Veirs t...

    I'd never heard of folk singer Elizabeth (Libba) Cotten before picking up this picture book, but I came away impressed by her resilience and creativity. Because she was left-handed, she learned to play her brother's guitar backwards and wrote a song when she was eleven years old. Altho...

    When Libba was a little girl, she heard music everywhere, so she would borrow her brother?s guitar to play the music in her head. Her brother was right handed though, so Libba would need to play his guitar upside down and backward. When her brother left home, he took his guitar with ...

    A picture-book biography of Elizabeth Cotten, an African American folk musician whose songs and music apparently only became known to the world when she was a grandparent. The graphite illustrations with subtle colors show Cotten's joy & satisfaction in her creative outlet, and...

  • Paul
    Jan 12, 2019

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

    Moving story of Elizabeth Cotton -- starting with her childhood when she first picked up her brother's guitar to play, to her experiences with the Seegers, to her eventually playing all over including the "grand cathedrals in London and velvet theaters in Rome." Freight Train is still ...

    I put this book on hold because I saw that Laura Veirs (a folk singer I really like) wrote a book, then I fell in love with this book because I learned about someone new. I've noticed an increase in books for children being written about lesser known figures in history. I love that kid...

    I always wish that musical biographies would include a CD! However, I was intrigued enough that I did look for her playing "Freight Train" when I was typing up this review. The story of Libba Cotten, who was a self-taught musician, played upside down and backwards and wrote her firs...

    I love nonfiction picture books with great back matter material. In her author's note, Laura Veirs writes about how this story came about and provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. This is a great story of a girl who was meant to play music despite all the things going again...

    Loved it. This really spoke to me: Elizabeth Cotten did realize success, but only after interruptions from other events in her life. Works more as a picture book than as a biography, since the author glosses over decades of Cotten?s life. ...

    It's hard for me to be objective about a story about a woman of color coming into her own later in life who PLAYS GUITAR and is LEFT-HANDED. I first learned to play guitar upside down, because it's all there was. I can still play a handful of chords upside down. We lefties are resource...

    Simply told and beautifully illustrated picturebook biography of folksinger Elizabeth Cotten, who was from Chapel Hill and became famous all over the world for her upside-down-and-backwards guitar style. ...

    This is a great story. I'd never heard of Elizabeth Cotten. She was playing like Jimi Hendrix before Jimi Hendrix! ...

    Interesting bio about Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (1893-1987) who's song Shake Sugaree inspired the Grateful Dead musicians to write their song Sugaree! ...

    3.5, mostly because I really like the illustrations. ...

    Elizabeth Cotten, known as ?Libba,? was born in North Carolina in 1893. (She died in 1987.) As she told Mike Seeger (a half-brother of Pete Seeger), in a 1966 interview, ?My father?s people was Indians. My father?s mother was a slave. My mother?s people were not slaves.? ...

    Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten is a children's picture book written by Laura Veirs and illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. It is a cursory biography of Elizabeth Cotten who found her older brother's guitar and learned how to play it ? upside down and backwar...

    Told in a structure reminiscent of Cotten?s own folk song, singer-songwriter Laura Veirs tells the story of an music idol of hers: Elizabeth Cotten. When Libba was a young girl, she took up her brother?s guitar. In order to play it left-handed, she flipped it up and around and p...

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.5 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Do you hear music everywhere you go? Do you hear it in everyday chores and activities? Elizabeth Cotten did! She hear...

    Elizabeth Cotten was a self-taught musician who learned to play the guitar upside down and backwards, as she was left handed. While she composed her first song at the age of 13, she didn?t start performing or receive recognition for her work until she was a grandmother. Laura Veirs t...

    I'd never heard of folk singer Elizabeth (Libba) Cotten before picking up this picture book, but I came away impressed by her resilience and creativity. Because she was left-handed, she learned to play her brother's guitar backwards and wrote a song when she was eleven years old. Altho...

    When Libba was a little girl, she heard music everywhere, so she would borrow her brother?s guitar to play the music in her head. Her brother was right handed though, so Libba would need to play his guitar upside down and backward. When her brother left home, he took his guitar with ...

    A picture-book biography of Elizabeth Cotten, an African American folk musician whose songs and music apparently only became known to the world when she was a grandparent. The graphite illustrations with subtle colors show Cotten's joy & satisfaction in her creative outlet, and...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange for providing a review copy of this book-all opinions are my own. #kidlitexchange #partner Both an interesting biography and a inspirational piece, ?Libba? tells the story of music legend Libba Cotten. Born a poor, African American woman in the South in ...

    I just recently came across Elizabeth ?Libba? Cotten?s recordings trying to track down ?Freight Train,? which I have been humming or mumbling from memory for decades. And then I have just discovered Laura Veirs as a singer-songwriter. What a great convergence to then have thi...

  • Earl
    Jan 15, 2018

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

    Moving story of Elizabeth Cotton -- starting with her childhood when she first picked up her brother's guitar to play, to her experiences with the Seegers, to her eventually playing all over including the "grand cathedrals in London and velvet theaters in Rome." Freight Train is still ...

    I put this book on hold because I saw that Laura Veirs (a folk singer I really like) wrote a book, then I fell in love with this book because I learned about someone new. I've noticed an increase in books for children being written about lesser known figures in history. I love that kid...

    I always wish that musical biographies would include a CD! However, I was intrigued enough that I did look for her playing "Freight Train" when I was typing up this review. The story of Libba Cotten, who was a self-taught musician, played upside down and backwards and wrote her firs...

    I love nonfiction picture books with great back matter material. In her author's note, Laura Veirs writes about how this story came about and provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. This is a great story of a girl who was meant to play music despite all the things going again...

  • KC
    Mar 23, 2018

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

    Moving story of Elizabeth Cotton -- starting with her childhood when she first picked up her brother's guitar to play, to her experiences with the Seegers, to her eventually playing all over including the "grand cathedrals in London and velvet theaters in Rome." Freight Train is still ...

    I put this book on hold because I saw that Laura Veirs (a folk singer I really like) wrote a book, then I fell in love with this book because I learned about someone new. I've noticed an increase in books for children being written about lesser known figures in history. I love that kid...

    I always wish that musical biographies would include a CD! However, I was intrigued enough that I did look for her playing "Freight Train" when I was typing up this review. The story of Libba Cotten, who was a self-taught musician, played upside down and backwards and wrote her firs...

    I love nonfiction picture books with great back matter material. In her author's note, Laura Veirs writes about how this story came about and provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. This is a great story of a girl who was meant to play music despite all the things going again...

    Loved it. This really spoke to me: Elizabeth Cotten did realize success, but only after interruptions from other events in her life. Works more as a picture book than as a biography, since the author glosses over decades of Cotten?s life. ...

    It's hard for me to be objective about a story about a woman of color coming into her own later in life who PLAYS GUITAR and is LEFT-HANDED. I first learned to play guitar upside down, because it's all there was. I can still play a handful of chords upside down. We lefties are resource...

    Simply told and beautifully illustrated picturebook biography of folksinger Elizabeth Cotten, who was from Chapel Hill and became famous all over the world for her upside-down-and-backwards guitar style. ...

    This is a great story. I'd never heard of Elizabeth Cotten. She was playing like Jimi Hendrix before Jimi Hendrix! ...

    Interesting bio about Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (1893-1987) who's song Shake Sugaree inspired the Grateful Dead musicians to write their song Sugaree! ...

  • Stephanie Bange
    Mar 27, 2018

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

    Moving story of Elizabeth Cotton -- starting with her childhood when she first picked up her brother's guitar to play, to her experiences with the Seegers, to her eventually playing all over including the "grand cathedrals in London and velvet theaters in Rome." Freight Train is still ...

    I put this book on hold because I saw that Laura Veirs (a folk singer I really like) wrote a book, then I fell in love with this book because I learned about someone new. I've noticed an increase in books for children being written about lesser known figures in history. I love that kid...

    I always wish that musical biographies would include a CD! However, I was intrigued enough that I did look for her playing "Freight Train" when I was typing up this review. The story of Libba Cotten, who was a self-taught musician, played upside down and backwards and wrote her firs...

    I love nonfiction picture books with great back matter material. In her author's note, Laura Veirs writes about how this story came about and provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. This is a great story of a girl who was meant to play music despite all the things going again...

    Loved it. This really spoke to me: Elizabeth Cotten did realize success, but only after interruptions from other events in her life. Works more as a picture book than as a biography, since the author glosses over decades of Cotten?s life. ...

    It's hard for me to be objective about a story about a woman of color coming into her own later in life who PLAYS GUITAR and is LEFT-HANDED. I first learned to play guitar upside down, because it's all there was. I can still play a handful of chords upside down. We lefties are resource...

    Simply told and beautifully illustrated picturebook biography of folksinger Elizabeth Cotten, who was from Chapel Hill and became famous all over the world for her upside-down-and-backwards guitar style. ...

    This is a great story. I'd never heard of Elizabeth Cotten. She was playing like Jimi Hendrix before Jimi Hendrix! ...

    Interesting bio about Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (1893-1987) who's song Shake Sugaree inspired the Grateful Dead musicians to write their song Sugaree! ...

    3.5, mostly because I really like the illustrations. ...

    Elizabeth Cotten, known as ?Libba,? was born in North Carolina in 1893. (She died in 1987.) As she told Mike Seeger (a half-brother of Pete Seeger), in a 1966 interview, ?My father?s people was Indians. My father?s mother was a slave. My mother?s people were not slaves.? ...

    Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten is a children's picture book written by Laura Veirs and illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. It is a cursory biography of Elizabeth Cotten who found her older brother's guitar and learned how to play it ? upside down and backwar...

    Told in a structure reminiscent of Cotten?s own folk song, singer-songwriter Laura Veirs tells the story of an music idol of hers: Elizabeth Cotten. When Libba was a young girl, she took up her brother?s guitar. In order to play it left-handed, she flipped it up and around and p...

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.5 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Do you hear music everywhere you go? Do you hear it in everyday chores and activities? Elizabeth Cotten did! She hear...

    Elizabeth Cotten was a self-taught musician who learned to play the guitar upside down and backwards, as she was left handed. While she composed her first song at the age of 13, she didn?t start performing or receive recognition for her work until she was a grandmother. Laura Veirs t...

    I'd never heard of folk singer Elizabeth (Libba) Cotten before picking up this picture book, but I came away impressed by her resilience and creativity. Because she was left-handed, she learned to play her brother's guitar backwards and wrote a song when she was eleven years old. Altho...

    When Libba was a little girl, she heard music everywhere, so she would borrow her brother?s guitar to play the music in her head. Her brother was right handed though, so Libba would need to play his guitar upside down and backward. When her brother left home, he took his guitar with ...

    A picture-book biography of Elizabeth Cotten, an African American folk musician whose songs and music apparently only became known to the world when she was a grandparent. The graphite illustrations with subtle colors show Cotten's joy & satisfaction in her creative outlet, and...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange for providing a review copy of this book-all opinions are my own. #kidlitexchange #partner Both an interesting biography and a inspirational piece, ?Libba? tells the story of music legend Libba Cotten. Born a poor, African American woman in the South in ...

    I just recently came across Elizabeth ?Libba? Cotten?s recordings trying to track down ?Freight Train,? which I have been humming or mumbling from memory for decades. And then I have just discovered Laura Veirs as a singer-songwriter. What a great convergence to then have thi...

    ?Libba Cotten heard music everywhere.? Though Libba was left-handed, she taught herself how to play her brother?s right-handed guitar. ?It was kind of like brushing your teeth with your feet.? When her brother left to find work and took his guitar, Libba worked and saved t...

    This sweet picture book biography detailing the life of self-taught musician Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten. After picking up a guitar and learning how to play it left-handed, she gave up playing when she reached adulthood. It was her great fortune to meet and begin working for Ruth Crawfor...

  • Kate Olson
    Dec 04, 2017

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

  • Emily
    Jul 27, 2018

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    May 02, 2018

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

  • Shaye Miller
    Nov 21, 2018

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

    Moving story of Elizabeth Cotton -- starting with her childhood when she first picked up her brother's guitar to play, to her experiences with the Seegers, to her eventually playing all over including the "grand cathedrals in London and velvet theaters in Rome." Freight Train is still ...

  • Sierra
    Feb 20, 2018

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

    Moving story of Elizabeth Cotton -- starting with her childhood when she first picked up her brother's guitar to play, to her experiences with the Seegers, to her eventually playing all over including the "grand cathedrals in London and velvet theaters in Rome." Freight Train is still ...

    I put this book on hold because I saw that Laura Veirs (a folk singer I really like) wrote a book, then I fell in love with this book because I learned about someone new. I've noticed an increase in books for children being written about lesser known figures in history. I love that kid...

    I always wish that musical biographies would include a CD! However, I was intrigued enough that I did look for her playing "Freight Train" when I was typing up this review. The story of Libba Cotten, who was a self-taught musician, played upside down and backwards and wrote her firs...

    I love nonfiction picture books with great back matter material. In her author's note, Laura Veirs writes about how this story came about and provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. This is a great story of a girl who was meant to play music despite all the things going again...

    Loved it. This really spoke to me: Elizabeth Cotten did realize success, but only after interruptions from other events in her life. Works more as a picture book than as a biography, since the author glosses over decades of Cotten?s life. ...

    It's hard for me to be objective about a story about a woman of color coming into her own later in life who PLAYS GUITAR and is LEFT-HANDED. I first learned to play guitar upside down, because it's all there was. I can still play a handful of chords upside down. We lefties are resource...

    Simply told and beautifully illustrated picturebook biography of folksinger Elizabeth Cotten, who was from Chapel Hill and became famous all over the world for her upside-down-and-backwards guitar style. ...

    This is a great story. I'd never heard of Elizabeth Cotten. She was playing like Jimi Hendrix before Jimi Hendrix! ...

    Interesting bio about Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (1893-1987) who's song Shake Sugaree inspired the Grateful Dead musicians to write their song Sugaree! ...

    3.5, mostly because I really like the illustrations. ...

  • Kate Alleman
    Jan 26, 2018

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

    Moving story of Elizabeth Cotton -- starting with her childhood when she first picked up her brother's guitar to play, to her experiences with the Seegers, to her eventually playing all over including the "grand cathedrals in London and velvet theaters in Rome." Freight Train is still ...

    I put this book on hold because I saw that Laura Veirs (a folk singer I really like) wrote a book, then I fell in love with this book because I learned about someone new. I've noticed an increase in books for children being written about lesser known figures in history. I love that kid...

  • Ali Book&Seaglasshunter
    Apr 26, 2018

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

    Moving story of Elizabeth Cotton -- starting with her childhood when she first picked up her brother's guitar to play, to her experiences with the Seegers, to her eventually playing all over including the "grand cathedrals in London and velvet theaters in Rome." Freight Train is still ...

    I put this book on hold because I saw that Laura Veirs (a folk singer I really like) wrote a book, then I fell in love with this book because I learned about someone new. I've noticed an increase in books for children being written about lesser known figures in history. I love that kid...

    I always wish that musical biographies would include a CD! However, I was intrigued enough that I did look for her playing "Freight Train" when I was typing up this review. The story of Libba Cotten, who was a self-taught musician, played upside down and backwards and wrote her firs...

    I love nonfiction picture books with great back matter material. In her author's note, Laura Veirs writes about how this story came about and provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. This is a great story of a girl who was meant to play music despite all the things going again...

    Loved it. This really spoke to me: Elizabeth Cotten did realize success, but only after interruptions from other events in her life. Works more as a picture book than as a biography, since the author glosses over decades of Cotten?s life. ...

    It's hard for me to be objective about a story about a woman of color coming into her own later in life who PLAYS GUITAR and is LEFT-HANDED. I first learned to play guitar upside down, because it's all there was. I can still play a handful of chords upside down. We lefties are resource...

    Simply told and beautifully illustrated picturebook biography of folksinger Elizabeth Cotten, who was from Chapel Hill and became famous all over the world for her upside-down-and-backwards guitar style. ...

    This is a great story. I'd never heard of Elizabeth Cotten. She was playing like Jimi Hendrix before Jimi Hendrix! ...

    Interesting bio about Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (1893-1987) who's song Shake Sugaree inspired the Grateful Dead musicians to write their song Sugaree! ...

    3.5, mostly because I really like the illustrations. ...

    Elizabeth Cotten, known as ?Libba,? was born in North Carolina in 1893. (She died in 1987.) As she told Mike Seeger (a half-brother of Pete Seeger), in a 1966 interview, ?My father?s people was Indians. My father?s mother was a slave. My mother?s people were not slaves.? ...

    Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten is a children's picture book written by Laura Veirs and illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. It is a cursory biography of Elizabeth Cotten who found her older brother's guitar and learned how to play it ? upside down and backwar...

    Told in a structure reminiscent of Cotten?s own folk song, singer-songwriter Laura Veirs tells the story of an music idol of hers: Elizabeth Cotten. When Libba was a young girl, she took up her brother?s guitar. In order to play it left-handed, she flipped it up and around and p...

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.5 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Do you hear music everywhere you go? Do you hear it in everyday chores and activities? Elizabeth Cotten did! She hear...

    Elizabeth Cotten was a self-taught musician who learned to play the guitar upside down and backwards, as she was left handed. While she composed her first song at the age of 13, she didn?t start performing or receive recognition for her work until she was a grandmother. Laura Veirs t...

    I'd never heard of folk singer Elizabeth (Libba) Cotten before picking up this picture book, but I came away impressed by her resilience and creativity. Because she was left-handed, she learned to play her brother's guitar backwards and wrote a song when she was eleven years old. Altho...

    When Libba was a little girl, she heard music everywhere, so she would borrow her brother?s guitar to play the music in her head. Her brother was right handed though, so Libba would need to play his guitar upside down and backward. When her brother left home, he took his guitar with ...

    A picture-book biography of Elizabeth Cotten, an African American folk musician whose songs and music apparently only became known to the world when she was a grandparent. The graphite illustrations with subtle colors show Cotten's joy & satisfaction in her creative outlet, and...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange for providing a review copy of this book-all opinions are my own. #kidlitexchange #partner Both an interesting biography and a inspirational piece, ?Libba? tells the story of music legend Libba Cotten. Born a poor, African American woman in the South in ...

  • Ben Truong
    Feb 22, 2019

    First picture book by popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba grew up in the south; Libba liked music, but was left-handed, and there was only one guitar in the house, so she played in upside down, and backwards, and did all of her life. I saw ...

    Once again, I feel the need to take out my percussive energies on the proverbial equine. Adults: if you're not reading children's picture book biographies, you are really missing something special. The books are beautifully produced. They provide a quick and concise introduction to a n...

    I was listening to different renditions of Shake Shugaree yesterday for a storytime I have coming up and I pulled this off our new picture book shelf this morning. I had no idea that Elizabeth Cotten didn't get her start until very late in her life. This book was lovely. The graphite a...

    This is a beautifully illustrated account of the life of a musician I did not know of. However, I found the author's note to be so much more useful than the main text in actually learning about Elizabeth Cotton, and probably wouldn't choose this as a read aloud because of this. The bac...

    Don't miss the author's note, which provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the text was spare in a way that left gaps. ...

    Beautiful illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh accompany the story of Libba Cotten. And what an inspirational story for children: Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten was born in North Carolina, around 1893, granddaughter of freed slaves. Though she was about 7 and had no training, she picked up ...

    In the author's note, Laura Veirs talks about first hearing the classic folk song "Freight Train" sung to her by parents at bedtime, but only years later learning about its songwriter Elizabeth Cotten. My dad used to sing the same song while playing his guitar and swaying in a rocking ...

    Veirs, Laura Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2018. $18. 9781452148571 This nonfiction picture book tells of the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Cotten, a left-handed musical prod...

    Moving story of Elizabeth Cotton -- starting with her childhood when she first picked up her brother's guitar to play, to her experiences with the Seegers, to her eventually playing all over including the "grand cathedrals in London and velvet theaters in Rome." Freight Train is still ...

    I put this book on hold because I saw that Laura Veirs (a folk singer I really like) wrote a book, then I fell in love with this book because I learned about someone new. I've noticed an increase in books for children being written about lesser known figures in history. I love that kid...

    I always wish that musical biographies would include a CD! However, I was intrigued enough that I did look for her playing "Freight Train" when I was typing up this review. The story of Libba Cotten, who was a self-taught musician, played upside down and backwards and wrote her firs...

    I love nonfiction picture books with great back matter material. In her author's note, Laura Veirs writes about how this story came about and provides more information about Elizabeth Cotten. This is a great story of a girl who was meant to play music despite all the things going again...

    Loved it. This really spoke to me: Elizabeth Cotten did realize success, but only after interruptions from other events in her life. Works more as a picture book than as a biography, since the author glosses over decades of Cotten?s life. ...

    It's hard for me to be objective about a story about a woman of color coming into her own later in life who PLAYS GUITAR and is LEFT-HANDED. I first learned to play guitar upside down, because it's all there was. I can still play a handful of chords upside down. We lefties are resource...

    Simply told and beautifully illustrated picturebook biography of folksinger Elizabeth Cotten, who was from Chapel Hill and became famous all over the world for her upside-down-and-backwards guitar style. ...

    This is a great story. I'd never heard of Elizabeth Cotten. She was playing like Jimi Hendrix before Jimi Hendrix! ...

    Interesting bio about Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (1893-1987) who's song Shake Sugaree inspired the Grateful Dead musicians to write their song Sugaree! ...

    3.5, mostly because I really like the illustrations. ...

    Elizabeth Cotten, known as ?Libba,? was born in North Carolina in 1893. (She died in 1987.) As she told Mike Seeger (a half-brother of Pete Seeger), in a 1966 interview, ?My father?s people was Indians. My father?s mother was a slave. My mother?s people were not slaves.? ...

    Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten is a children's picture book written by Laura Veirs and illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. It is a cursory biography of Elizabeth Cotten who found her older brother's guitar and learned how to play it ? upside down and backwar...