Snapshots: Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell, Christian Robinson (Illustrator)


Hardcover, 104 pages
Published January 14th 2014 by Chronicle Books
Source: Library

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. (source)

Why You Should Read This Book

  1. Because Josephine Baker was awesome and deserves to be remembered.
  2. Diversity in classrooms is important and this book provides it.
  3. Josephine’s story is an amazing example of what hard work and the courage to dream will get you. Her story inspires and we all need stories about women who inspire and continue inspiring.
  4. The art and verse are amazing and, as the back copy says, “exuberant.”
  5. Why will you deny yourself exuberance?
  6. Don’t.
  7. But honestly, this is a wonderful book for teachers, librarians, and parents to read with their children. It will function both as an inspiring text and as a gentle introduction to the nonfiction genre.
  8. I’ve mentioned this already but Josephine Baker is inspiring–she was fierce and determined and her legacy lives on in the story she left behind.
  9. Just read it.
  10. You know you want to.