By Patricia Hruby Powell
Coretta Scott King booklet Award, Illustrator, Honor
Robert F. Sibert Informational ebook Award, Honor
Boston Globe–Horn publication Award, Nonfiction Honor
Parent's selection Award
Wall highway Journal's 10 most sensible kid's Books of the 12 months List
Bologna Ragazzi Nonfiction Honor 2014
In exuberant verse and stirring photographs, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create a rare portrait for teenagers of the passionate performer and civil rights suggest Josephine Baker, the lady who labored her manner from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest levels on the planet. Meticulously researched by way of either writer and artist, Josephine's robust tale of fight and triumph is an concept and a spectacle, like the legend herself.
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The entire white stars overlooked her. Worst of all, critics referred to as her a “Negro wench . . . buck-toothed,” “a dime a dozen. ” She EXPLODED with a SCALDING BLAST. A Negro wench certainly! yet these studies made her extra decided than ever to struggle for her race. “Life is a sequence of summits and at the back of each one crest looms one other height to be scaled . . . ” again in France she made the main of her volcanic steam. To get over the damage she grew to become a stunt pilot, flew loop-the-loops over the geographical region, met a MILLIONAIRE in MIDAIR, married him. yet he sought after her to dwell at domestic— she divorced him. “An artist can't abandon the degree! ” Europe had come to a troublesome simmer. In Germany, Jewish humans have been crushed, their homes burned. In 1939, warfare ERUPTED. Josephine, remembering her adolescence —the worry, HATRED, depression— decided. “France has made me what am . . . am ready to offer my existence for France. ” JOSEPHINE joined the crimson move, ladled soup for the Parisian negative, flew first reduction to Belgium, and SPIED FOR FRANCE. As a celeb, she traveled in every single place. In Lisbon, Marseille, Algiers, at embassy occasions she FLIRTED with good friend and foe, eavesdropped on Nazi enemy officers. Then, secure in her room, she wrote all of it out in INVISIBLE INK on her sheet song or pinned her notes in her undies and carried them domestic to France. “Who could dare seek Josephine Baker to the surface? ” A little COUGH in Barcelona become PNEUMONIA in Madrid. despatched on a challenge to Casablanca, EXHAUSTED and nonetheless coughing, she landed in a North African health facility. Her visitors—Resistance individuals— held mystery conferences at her bedside. Newspapers stated her useless. yet she bought good. good sufficient to convenience the wounded, jump alongside dust roads, wander off in sandstorms, sleep at the flooring like a soldier with the sand fleas— all to accomplish for the U. S. troops. BLACK infantrymen needs to take a seat entrance, she acknowledged, including the white infantrymen in her viewers. by no means had she been happier. Josephine turned A HERO. She helped win the battle for France, the U. S. , and their allies. and she or he was once provided France’s maximum honor, the Légion d’Honneur. VIVE los angeles FRANCE. Joséphine 1947–1975 She married JO BOUILLON, her orchestra chief, and began to undertake kids of alternative races and from assorted nations— from Korea, Japan, Finland, Colombia got here Akio, Janot, Jari, Luis. Then got here Jean-Claude, Moïse, Marianne, Brahim, Koffi, Mara, Noël, and eventually the youngest, Stellina— from Canada, Israel, Algeria, Ivory Coast, Venezuela, and from France— TWELVE teenagers IN ALL! Josephine introduced them up of their personal religions— as Buddhist, Shinto, Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, animist. eventually, she felt the total international was once represented in her family members. She referred to as them her RAINBOW TRIBE. They lived in a CHÂTEAU—Les Milandes— not just a mansion, yet a farm and lodge, the place viewers may well remain in a palatial inn and spot for themselves her rainbow relatives. “We’ll convey the area that racial hatred is unnatural. . . . childrens of other races can develop up jointly as brothers.