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The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

By Patricia Hruby Powell, Illustrated by Christian Robinson


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Coretta Scott King Book Award, Illustrator, Honor

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, Honor

Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Nonfiction Honor

Parent's Choice Gold Medal for Poetry 2014

Wall Street Journal’s 10 Best Children's Books of the Year List

Bologna Ragazzi Nonfiction Honor 2014

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.

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Size: 8 x 10 in;
Pages: 104 pp;
Age Range: 10 - 13 years
Format: Hardcover
Publication: January 2014
ISBN: 9781452103143
ISBN10: 1452103143
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. This is his first book.

Media Reviews

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

★“Captivating… a fun, enriching, and holistic reading experience.”
School Library Journal, starred review

“A picture book that simply will not quit.”
The 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

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

"This beautifully designed picture book presents the amazing life of American expat entertainer Josephine Baker in vibrant free verse with Christian Robinson's stunning, stylized acrylic paintings."
The San Francisco Chronicle

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