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The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker (Ages 9 - 12)

The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker (Ages 9 - 12)


Author: Patricia Hruby Powell

Illustrated by: Christian Robinson


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.



  • Coretta Scott King Book Award, Illustrator, Honor
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, Honor
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Nonfiction Honor
  • Parent's Choice Gold Medal for Poetry 2014
  • Wall Street Journal’s 10 Best Children's Books of the Year List
  • Bologna Ragazzi Nonfiction Honor 2014

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