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The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

Patricia Hruby Powell
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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.


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.


  • Age Range: 10 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books
  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (January 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452103143
  • ISBN-13: 9781452103143
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 10.4 inches
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