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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell

Release Date - January 14, 2014

Patricia Hruby Powell
Christian Robinson
Chronicle Books

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Happy New Year! It's with pleasure that I get to start the year off with a fascinating look at the life of Josephine Baker. Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker is a children's picture book, but it's written in such a way that I think adults will like it as much as, if not more than, the child they're reading to.

The story begins with a very young Josephine Baker who is living in the slums. It then progresses into her love for music and dancing and continues sharing her story as she went to France, worked for the Red Cross, and went on to become a role model for thousands of people. It's written in prose, so while it tells a story, each page is a poem, so you can break the story up over a few bedtime rituals or read it in one sitting.

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker definitely wowed me. I'm not sure all children will gain the same appreciation, but hopefully some out there do and learn from this woman's charitable actions and incredible strength.

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