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Jazz Age Josephineby Jonah Winter
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andlt;bandgt;A picture book biography that will inspire readers to dance to their own beats!andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Singer, dancer, actress, and independent dame, Josephine Baker felt life was a performance. She lived by her own rules and helped to shake up the status quo with wild costumes and a you-canand#8217;t-tell-me-no attitude that made her famous. She even had a pet leopard in Paris!andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;From bestselling childrenand#8217;s biographer Jonah Winter and two-time Caldecott Honoree Marjorie Priceman comes a story of a woman the stage could barely contain. Rising from a poor, segregated upbringing, Josephine Baker was able to break through racial barriers with her own sense of flair and astonishing dance abilities. She was a pillar of steel with a heart of goldand#8212;all wrapped up in feathers, sequins, and an infectious rhythm.
In this picture book bursting with vibrance and rhythm,and#160;a girl dreams ofand#160;playing the drumsand#160;in 1930s Cuba, when the music-filled island had a taboo against female drummers.
Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an islandand#160;filled withand#160;music, no one questioned that ruleandmdash;until the drum dream girl. In her city of drumbeats, she dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongandoacute;s. She had to keep quiet. She had to practice in secret. But when at last her dream-bright music was heard, everyone sang and danced and decided that both girls and boys should be free to drum and dream.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cubaand#39;s traditional taboo against female drummers, Drum Dream Girl tells an inspiring true story for dreamers everywhere.
About the Author
Jonah Winter is the celebrated author of many picture book biographies, including andlt;iandgt;Barackandlt;/iandgt;, which was a andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestseller. His other books include andlt;iandgt;Here Comes the Garbage Bargeandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt; Sonia Sotomayorandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Roberto Clementeandlt;/iandgt;, and others. A poet and a painter, Mr. Winter lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.andlt;bandgt;Marjorie Pricemanandlt;/bandgt; has won Caldecott Honors for her illustrations in ZIN! ZIN! ZIN! A VIOLIN by Lloyd Moss and HOT AIR: THE (MOSTLY) TRUE STORY OF THE FIRST HOT-AIR BALLOON RIDE, which she also wrote.andnbsp; She lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;
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