A great read for Grades 2-5 about a flipping, stomping, sizzling, flapping, dazzling dancer named Josephine.
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.
This is a beautiful hardback chapter book with illustrations throughout.
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 realized 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 13, and inspired by Josephine ever since. He never imagined being given the opportunity to share her story through illustrations of his own.