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Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker Hardcover – Illustrated, Jan. 14 2014

4.7 out of 5 stars 236 ratings

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"Lovely."--Library Media Connection

"Honors the colorful exuberance of both the Jazz era and Baker's life."--Booklist

"Truly amazing."--Richie Partington, Richie's Picks

The Wall Street Journal Best Books of the Year

"An extraordinary dancer and woman is here celebrated with style and empathy."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"If your child's gotta sing and gotta dance, then she's gotta read this book, too."--Houston Style Magazine

"Scrupulously researched, high-spirited celebration of the color-line-crossing dancer."--Los Angeles Times

"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

"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

"Captivating. a fun, enriching, and holistic reading experience."--School Library Journal, starred review

"This liberally illustrated biography of Josephine Baker captures a remarkable, courageous woman whose life and art were inseparable."--Shelf Awareness

"I opened this picture book and was completely amazed."--ReaderTotz

"Your kids will be dancing around in banana skirts after reading this one."--NPR Best Books of The Year

"An extraordinary tribute to an American legend."--Bookpage

"Entertaining and informative... sure to capture the imagination."--KidsReads

"Wowed me. "--Roundtable Reviews

"What an excellent book this is."--Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

"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

"Powell and Robinson create a biography of a woman whose life and art are inseparable."--Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review

"As complex, vibrant, and endearing as Josephine Baker herself."--Cool Mom Picks

"C'est magnifique!" -- The Horn Book, starred review

"It's also, thus far, one of my very favorite picture books of all of 2014." --BookPage

"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

"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

"A picture book that simply will not quit."-Wall Street Journal

"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

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.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Chronicle Books; Illustrated edition (Jan. 14 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 104 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1452103143
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1452103143
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 680 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 21.21 x 1.91 x 26.29 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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