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Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Charming, artful bio celebrates singer, music, kindness.

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Laura Veirs spins a tale of music, determination, and kindness in language simple enough for early readers and lively enough to make it a good choice for reading aloud -- and maybe a singalong or two. Serenely appealing illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh help tell the story as Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten introduces kids to a noted 20th-century African American singer-songwriter (her songs were covered by Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, and Joan Baez, among others) and to the classic song she wrote as a little girl.

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