Josephine The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell

Josephine The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

Written by Patricia Hruby Powell
Illustrated by Christian Robinson


Josephine The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell

An emotionally powerful biography told in verse of a dancer, singer, comedienne, and enduring figure - Josephine Baker - from her birth in the slums, her fantastic success, and her fight against racial prejudice.


An extraordinary dancer and woman is here celebrated with style and empathy. --Kirkus Reviews, starred review Baker's entire life spreads out in this tapestry of words. --Publishers Weekly, starred review A beautiful book--informative and exuberant and fun. --Helen Frost, author of Step Gently Out and Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War Josephine dances through these pages with such exuberance, she brings light to each dark corner. A beautiful book. -- Helen Frost, author of the Printz Honor-winning Keesha's House This liberally illustrated biography of Josephine Baker captures a remarkable, courageous woman whose life and art were inseparable. --Shelf Awareness Factual and yet poetic. defies convention as boldly as its subject did. - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books A Junior Library Guild Selection I opened this picture book and was completely amazed. --ReaderTotz Honors the colorful exuberance of both the Jazz era and Baker's life. --Booklist A picture book that simply will not quit. -Wall Street Journal Scrupulously researched, high-spirited celebration of the color-line-crossing dancer. --Los Angeles Times Author Patricia Hruby Powell casts Josephine Baker's story as a triumph of a strong, determined African-American woman over prejudice and parochialism. And it makes for a gripping tale. --The Denver Post Wowed me. --Roundtable Reviews Truly amazing. --Richie Partington, Richie's Picks Powell and Robinson create a biography of a woman whose life and art are inseparable. --Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review Entertaining and informative... sure to capture the imagination. --KidsReads Captivating. a fun, enriching, and holistic reading experience. --School Library Journal, starred review As complex, vibrant, and endearing as Josephine Baker herself. --Cool Mom Picks An extraordinary tribute to an American legend. --Bookpage What an excellent book this is. --Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast A spectacular collaboration, a spotlight on an unforgettable lady. --Design of the Picture Book 'This is a unique picture book biography, presenting Baker's life in poetic text that hums with rhythm. --Great Books for Kids Some books strike you as more than a book. The words and artwork refuse to stay on the page. They lift up and dance on your tongue, fill your ears with music, and send motion pictures before your eyes - swooping you away to another time and place like magic. So it is with JOSEPHINE . --Elizebeth Dulemba If your child's gotta sing and gotta dance, then she's gotta read this book, too. --Houston Style Magazine A triumph of a strong, determined African-American woman over prejudice and parochialism. And it makes for a gripping tale. --The Denver Post An engaging read aloud with many possibilities for discussion, follow up research and writing.but it doesn't have to be an educational lesson's just a fun read. --Cindy Dobrez, Bookends, a Booklist Blog C'est magnifique! -- The Horn Book, starred review One of the most superb books you'll see all year. Excellent writing and dynamic illustrations that fit together like puzzle pieces. --Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast Your kids will be dancing around in banana skirts after reading this one. --NPR Best Books of The Year Lovely. --Library Media Connection The Wall Street Journal Best Books of the Year It's also, thus far, one of my very favorite picture books of all of 2014. --BookPage

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 has marveled at the spirit, courage, and beauty of Josephine Baker for a long time, and while visiting schools as a storyteller/ author and working as a librarian, she realised what a great role model Josephine could be to young people. Christian Robinson remembers the first time he saw Paul Colin's illustration of Josephine dancing in a banana skirt. He was inspired then, at the age of 13. Years later he is still inspired by Josephine and never imagined being given the opportunity to share her story through illustrations of his own.

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104 pages


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Chronicle Books

Publication date

1st February 2014



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