Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.5
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Do you hear music everywhere you go? Do you hear it in everyday chores and activities? Elizabeth Cotten did! She heard it in the water she brought to her mother, in the ax she used to chop wood, and in the freight trains that passed by. She loved music so much that one day she snuck into her brothers room when he was at work to play his guitar. The only problem was that her brother, Claude, was right-handed and Libba was left-handed. This sure didn't stop Libba! She just flipped the guitar upside down and played it backwards. When Claude moved out to get a job, Libba had to work extra chores to earn enough money to buy a guitar of her own. By the age of eleven, Libba had written her first song, Freight Train. However, life went on and Libba grew older and had quit playing the guitar, that is until she got a job as the Seeger's housekeeper. Read this beautifully illustrated and written book to find out what happened to Libba and how she became one of the most well-known folk singers.
This book is beyond amazing! The story is written in such an incredibly easy way to read and the illustrations are just gorgeous. I have never heard of Elizabeth Cotten until I read this book, but now I am a big fan! Do not miss reading this book!!
I am a K-6 librarian who is also a book and author nerd.