Another gem by the brilliant Christian Robinson. Following the theme of his debut picture book ‘Harlem’s Little Blackbird’ he illustrated this, ‘Josephine, The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker.
In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create an extraordinary portrait 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.
Deservedly so, it won this heap of awards:
Boston Globe Horn Book Nonfiction Honor 2014
Parents’ Choice Gold Award for Poetry 2014
International Bologna/Ragazzi Nonfiction Honor 2014
Junior Library Guild Selection 2014
Huffington Post Best Picture Book of the Year 2014 – Biography