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By Patricia Hruby Powell

Coretta Scott King publication Award, Illustrator, Honor
Robert F. Sibert Informational e-book Award, Honor
Boston Globe–Horn e-book Award, Nonfiction Honor
Parent's selection Award
Wall road Journal's 10 top kid's Books of the yr List
Bologna Ragazzi Nonfiction Honor 2014

In exuberant verse and stirring images, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create a unprecedented portrait for youngsters of the passionate performer and civil rights recommend Josephine Baker, the girl who labored her means from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest phases on the earth. Meticulously researched by way of either writer and artist, Josephine's strong tale of fight and triumph is an thought and a spectacle, like the legend herself.

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They lived in a CHÂTEAU—Les Milandes— not just a mansion, yet a farm and lodge, the place viewers might remain in a palatial inn and notice for themselves her rainbow relations. “We’ll exhibit the area that racial hatred is unnatural. . . . kids of other races can develop up jointly as brothers. ” yet Josephine SPENT funds swifter than she earned it. Had her cows’ names spelled out in electrical lighting fixtures within the barnyard: Jeanette, Rosette, Pervenche, Julie, Honorine. QUELLE MERVEILLE! terrific! She got extra LAND, she got lavish presents for her young children, she obtained clothier robes. Oh, the money owed! Josephine left her infants in the back of at Les Milandes so she may perhaps travel the area, so she may possibly DANCE and SING. She needed to aid her brood. Her citadel. Her tribe. Her village. getting older and never relatively as well known anymore— a few excursions weren’t this type of nice good fortune— nonetheless she enjoyed to accomplish. and he or she enjoyed to reach domestic with hugs as vast as wings and presents for the kids. She offered her robes to pay her accounts— no longer sufficient cash. So she bought her paintings and her jewels. nonetheless no longer adequate. Her château was once bought from underneath her. She CLUNG. They dragged. She KICKED and BIT. yet she ended up on the street within the rain, EVICTED, her children—homeless, her health—failing, her bills—STAGGERING. Her tribe turned a band of vagabonds— similar to her personal youth. depressing. How may possibly this have occurred? They lived off the generosity of buddies and fanatics like Princess Grace of Monaco. Josephine used to be approximately forgotten via her public. She used to be outdated. yet no longer TOO previous to bop. At sixty-seven, she booked a functionality at CARNEGIE corridor in long island urban, the best-known theater at any place. How could the USA obtain her this time? Josephine strode onto the level in a sequined bodysuit and an orange plumed headdress— 4 ft excessive. The Carnegie crowd CHEERED until eventually the tears got here— theirs and hers. She DANCED. She SANG. She STRUTTED. much more cheers and tears on the final bow. The studies glowed. the US enjoyed JOSEPHINE. She toured seventeen towns. every body enjoyed her. This was once what she sought after— luck in her first nation. however the debts stored rolling in for the Rainbow Tribe. the more youthful young ones, nonetheless in class, wanted their mom. In Paris she hunted for a theater to offer her NEW convey, JOSÉPHINE. ultimately, the Bobino theater acknowledged sure. She labored, rehearsed, practiced— sang thirty songs and DANCED her wild CHARLESTON. “ wore my center on my ft and my soul on my lips. sang for the Paris that created me and wept as danced. ” She bought her top studies ever. “THIS isn't just A COMEBACK. this is often AN everlasting RETURN,” raved L’Express. Paris had opened its palms to Josephine, once more. Her medical professionals stated, leisure. She couldn’t. After the hole party of Joséphine, she used to be up part the evening, partying. VICTORY was once TOO candy. She used to be able to visit the following cabaret. not anyone might sign up for her. Too drained, they stated. the solid took her domestic to mattress. She went to sleep and by no means awakened. information unfold around the globe.

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