Illustrators: Simon Oxley; Ryan Rogers.
It's hard to know if Ella Fitzgerald simply recorded so much material during her life that she just happened to record an album's worth of children's music, or if she truly had a predilection for sing-song novelties. Whatever the reason, the great lady of song churned out enough kid-worthy material to make up this 2008 compilation, which has been titled MISS ELLA'S PLAYHOUSE, and marketed to children ages 1-4.
Interestingly, the integrity of Ella's music is in no way compromised by the set. Sure, the material is light and whimsical, but this only enhances her artistry, making it accessible on a number of levels. The set list spans her career too, beginning with 1938's "A Tisket a Tasket" and ending with 1966's "Old McDonald." It's musically flawless, and fun for all ages.