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In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create an extraordinary portrait for young people of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. Meticulously researched by both author and artist, Josephine's powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and a spectacle, just like the legend herself.

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"Segregated American clubs were willing to let African-American dancer Josephine Baker (1906 — 1975) perform, but they wouldn't let her use the front door. Powell (Frog Brings Rain) chooses a potent metaphor for Baker's hidden anger: 'hot magma, molten lava, trapped within.' When Baker arrived in France, the country embraced both her artistry and her blackness, and 'Her deep volcanic core — filled with emotion, filled with music — erupted.' Robinson (Rain!) draws round faces gazing with amazement at the woman onstage whose pearl necklace flies one way and whose hips swing the other. Baker's entire life spreads out in this tapestry of words, from a St. Louis childhood surrounded by music to her triumphs all over Europe — followed, sadly, by debt and illness. Robinson's naif, folk-style figures look like puppets, and make some grim moments easier to endure ('Those ugly rumors incited some white folks/ to beat, murder, and burn black East St. Louis'). Although Powell's focus is on Baker, the contrast between segregated America and welcoming France will not be lost on readers. Ages 7 — 10. Author's agent: Anna Olswanger, Liza Dawson Associates. Illustrator's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Patricia Hruby Powell danced throughout the Americas and Europe with her dance company, One Plus One, before becoming a writer of children's books. She lives in Champaign, Illinois.

Christian Robinson, formerly at Pixar Studios and Sesame Street Workshop, lives in San Francisco.

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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, January 31, 2014 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
The story of Josephine Baker is legendary. Born into poverty in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1906, she rose to become a world-celebrated performer who advocated for civil rights and helped the cause of the French in World War II. A new illustrated book for young readers, Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, tells the incredible story of her rise from the slums of St. Louis, to her performance on stage in the U.S., to the fame she found in Paris.

Throughout the story runs the thread of a spirit that would not be stopped, either by her personal circumstances coming from a large family with little money or a country that separated black entertainment and audiences from white. Josephine made things happen for herself, in spite of the restrictions that others wanted to hold her to.

Patricia Hruby Powell tells the tale in sparse prose with a rhythm of its own, with sections divided into pivotal times in Josephine’s life. The illustrations by Christian Robinson capture the determined, free spirit Josephine had. Together they bring to life the story of a truly remarkable woman who broke barriers of all kinds following her passion.

Josephine is a great book to read during African-American History Month in February, National Poetry Month in April, or anytime. I recommend it for readers aged 7 to 10.

The publisher gave me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781452103143
Author:
Powell, Patricia Hruby
Publisher:
Chronicle Books
Author:
Robinson, Christian
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Subject:
People of Color
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20140131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 2 up to 5
Language:
English
Pages:
104
Dimensions:
10.25 x 8.25 x 0.675 in 1.45 lb
Age Level:
from 7 up to 10

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Segregated American clubs were willing to let African-American dancer Josephine Baker (1906 — 1975) perform, but they wouldn't let her use the front door. Powell (Frog Brings Rain) chooses a potent metaphor for Baker's hidden anger: 'hot magma, molten lava, trapped within.' When Baker arrived in France, the country embraced both her artistry and her blackness, and 'Her deep volcanic core — filled with emotion, filled with music — erupted.' Robinson (Rain!) draws round faces gazing with amazement at the woman onstage whose pearl necklace flies one way and whose hips swing the other. Baker's entire life spreads out in this tapestry of words, from a St. Louis childhood surrounded by music to her triumphs all over Europe — followed, sadly, by debt and illness. Robinson's naif, folk-style figures look like puppets, and make some grim moments easier to endure ('Those ugly rumors incited some white folks/ to beat, murder, and burn black East St. Louis'). Although Powell's focus is on Baker, the contrast between segregated America and welcoming France will not be lost on readers. Ages 7 — 10. Author's agent: Anna Olswanger, Liza Dawson Associates. Illustrator's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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