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Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker
by Patricia Hruby Powell
Josephine Baker has always been a fascinating figure. She was bold, she was exotic and she was brave. When I saw this biography by Powell, I immediately ordered it for the library.
The book does not disappoint. Illustrated by Christian Robinson, the book's bold colors and bright pictures help to depict Powell's bold and bright words. The rhythm of her words are musical and you can feel the beat as you read them. I found my hips swaying and my foot tapping throughout the story.
Arranged by time period, Josephine covers her birth to her death. As scandalous as her life was, this books thoroughly covers all her escapades and still keeps it rated PG. From her banana dance to smuggling notes in her underwear, all ages will experience her ebullience (to use a vocabulary word from the book!) without blushing.
If you are looking for an alternative biography for Black History Month, or you just enjoy reading about interesting people, Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker just might be the ticket for you!