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Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

by Patricia Hruby Powell

Other authors: Christian Robinson (Illustrator)

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Sectioned into different stages of Josephine Baker's life, this book is told in blank verse poetry accompanied by bold primary-colored paintings. Since childhood, Josephine dreamed of becoming a performer, but was only able to find work as a dresser. Once she moves from America to Paris, Josephine finds success as a dancer. This 100-page picture book does a nice job of covering Baker's entire life, and all of the struggles and successes along the way. ( )
  HSunseri | Sep 18, 2018 |
Christian Robinson's illustrations present Josephine's volcanic energy - sometimes silly, sometimes serious - through her journey from childhood in Saint Louis, working in vaudeville in the South, making her way north, and finally performing in Paris. She works as a dresser and snags every opportunity to be on stage, until she becomes the star. She marries and divorces, encounters racism and welcome, adopts children of many backgrounds (her "rainbow tribe"), goes broke and dances again.

The text is like a prose poem, with short lines, indents, and frequent capitals for emphasis - easy to read, with a lot of expression and Josephine's own exuberance. ( )
  JennyArch | Mar 8, 2018 |
This book is a good historical fiction book for 4th grade, as it is quite lengthy and the pictures don't explicitly tell the story. It is about Josephine Baker, a performer who had to go to Paris to become famous as she was not given a chance in America. It would be great to show diversity and acceptance. ( )
  ryliesimmons | Nov 17, 2017 |
This book was a story retelling of the life of Josephine Baker. ( )
  hdalesky15 | Nov 5, 2017 |
This is a 104-page picture book biography about the famous African-American dancer, Josephine Baker. It is told in free verse, accompanied by double-page vibrant, eye-catching illustrations. The free verse format and illustrations make this biography a very enjoyable read. At the back of the book, there's a list of further reading suggestions for those that want to read more about Josephine. This would be a good fit for late 2nd grade and up. ( )
  CathyInWA | Jul 24, 2017 |
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A portrait 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.… (more)

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