Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker – an inspiring & beautiful biography (ages 8-11)



Dazzling. Exuberant. Full of life.

These words certainly describe Josephine Baker, but they also describe the beautiful biography that Patricia Hruby Powell & Christian Robinson have just created celebrating Baker’s life and work. This is a unique picture book biography, presenting Baker’s life in poetic text that hums with rhythm, spread across over 100 pages.

Powell tells the story of Josephine Baker’s determined rise from poverty to stardom with energy and verve that suits the subject matter. Her free verse poetry creates a driving rhythm that propels the reader along. Christian Robinson captures Josephine’s movement and playfulness with his gorgeous acrylic illustrations.

Head over to Great Kid Books to watch at the trailer that Robinson created and see how the illustrations, music and story all blend together to make a dynamic picture book biography.

Mary Ann Scheuer
Great Kid Books

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