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.
One of my favorite types of children books are biographies. The format, large and full of illustrations, makes it a pleasure to read. Children learn about real people, about history and about politics while having fun reading and discovering new books. Josephine is one of those books : realistic, informative, pleasant, fun. Black stories are not often put in the forfront. School teaches you about amazing people such as Abraham Bell, James Dean and Coco Chanel, but more rarely about amazing people such as Viola Desmond, Josephine Baker and Elizabeth Coleman. Needless to say, black female role models are important to black girls and their families. This book is a must read.
Author(s) / illustrator(s) : Patricia Hruby Powell & Christian Robinson
Publishing company: Éditions Scholastic
Publication date: 2014
Target audience: 9 to 13 years old
Love this book!
* Bologna Ragazzi Nonfiction Honor 2014
* Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, Honor
* Coretta Scott King Book Award, Illustrator, Honor
A children’s book to celebrate Black History Month.