Josephine Baker for kids?

3 Mar

She was famous for her  Banana Dance.

It might seem surprising at first that Patricia Hruby Powell has written a children’s biography about Josephine Baker. But Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker is really good.

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I didn’t know very much about Josephine Baker before I read this book. I think the extent of my knowledge was the Al Stewart song Josephine Baker, where he talks about her dancing in a Paris cabaret. But she was so much more than just a cabaret star. Like many african Americans, such as Nina Simone, Baker left the US for France, where she could perform in non-segregated theaters. She was also a civil rights activist and World War  II spy!

The blank verse of the book pulses with the rhythms of Josephine’s dance and the acrylic illustrations, by Christian Robinson enervate the text.

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This is not a traditional biography, though it provides resources in the back. But it is definitely worth reading.

4 Responses to “Josephine Baker for kids?”

  1. The Story Reading Ape March 3, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

    I’ll never look at a bunch of bananas in quite the same way now LOL 😀

  2. lromainebrown March 3, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

    Another book I don’t think I can live without! Ack, I love the challenge to blog every day, however, reading all these great blog book reviews is going to conflict with my need to pay property and income taxes.
    I think the Paris night life of the 20’s deserves much more study….

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