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Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Herby Amy Novesky
Synopses & Reviews
What if you loved music more than anything? Suppose you had just learned to play the piano. Imagine that your family has to move to a new city and you have to leave your piano behind.and#160;People donandrsquo;t like you in the new cityand#160;because ofand#160; what you look like. How will you make yourself feel better? Mary Lou Williams, like Mozart, began playing theand#160;piano when she was four; at eight she became a professional musician.and#160;She wrote and arranged music for Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, and was one of the most powerful women inand#160;jazz. This is the story of Mary Lou's childhood in Pittsburgh, where she played the piano for anyone who would listen.
"This biography of Billie Holiday (1915 — 1959) is as much a study of her dogs as of the singer. And there were a lot of them. 'The Chihuahuas, Chiquita and Pepe, she fed with a baby bottle,' writes Novesky. 'There was the Great Dane named Gypsy and the wire-haired terrier Bessie Mae Moocho,' and more. Lady Day's favorite was her boxer, Mister, and this story's drama centers around whether Mister will be there for Holiday after 'she had to leave home for a year and a day' (endnotes explain that this was due to a conviction for drug possession). Newton's illustrations neatly incorporate sheet music, photographic elements, and period ephemera, and both text and art capture the sweet bond between Holiday and her beloved animals. Ages 4 — 8. Author's agent: Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Did you know that American jazz singer Billie Holiday was crazy about dogs?
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Arthel andquot;Docandquot; Watson (1923andndash;2012)and#160;was a Grammy-winning guitarist, singer, and songwriter, high in the pantheon of bluegrass and country music greats. This picture book tells the story of a country boy, born blind, who found music in the sounds around him and learned to play that music on his guitar. Minimal text and breathtaking illustrations pay tribute to Docand#39;s early determination, imagination, and musicianship. Includes additional biographical information.and#160;
Billie Holidayand#8212;also known as Lady Dayand#8212;had fame, style, a stellar voice, big gardenias in her hair, and lots of dogs. She had a coat-pocket poodle, a beagle, Chihuahuas, a Great Dane, and more, but her favorite was a boxer named Mister. Mister was always there to bolster her courage through good times and bad, even before her legendary appearance at New Yorkand#8217;s Carnegie Hall. Newtonand#8217;s stylish illustrations keep the simply told story focused on the loving bond between Billie Holiday and her treasured boxer. An authorand#8217;s note deals more directly with the singerand#8217;s troubled life, and includes a little-known photo of Mister and Lady Day!
About the Author
Vanessa Brantley Newton is the author-illustrator of Let Freedom Sing and the illustrator of One Love by Cedella Marley.
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