Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker


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$18.99  $17.66
Chronicle Books
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8.3 X 10.1 X 0.7 inches | 1.54 pounds

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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 lives in Champaign, Illinois.

Christian Robinson, formerly at Pixar Studios and Sesame Street Workshop, lives in San Francisco.


"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
"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