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Jazz Age Josephine

Jazz Age Josephine

Dancer, singer--who's that, who? Why, that's MISS Josephine Baker, to you!

Illustrated by: Marjorie Priceman
For Ages: 4 - 8
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A picture book biography that will inspire readers to dance to their own beats!

Singer, dancer, actress, and independent dame, Josephine Baker felt life was a performance. She lived by her own rules and helped to shake up the status quo with wild costumes and a you-can’t-tell-me-no attitude that made her famous. She even had a pet leopard in Paris!

From bestselling children’s biographer Jonah Winter and two-time Caldecott Honoree Marjorie Priceman comes a story of a woman the stage could barely contain. Rising from a poor, segregated upbringing, Josephine Baker was able to break through racial barriers with her own sense of flair and astonishing dance abilities. She was a pillar of steel with a heart of gold—all wrapped up in feathers, sequins, and an infectious rhythm.
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  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 40 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416961239 | 
  • January 2012 | 
  • Grades P - 3
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About the Author

Jonah Winter
Photograph courtesy of the author.

Jonah Winter

Jonah Winter is the celebrated author of many picture book biographies, including Barack, which was a New York Times bestseller. His other books include Here Comes the Garbage Barge, Sonia Sotomayor, Roberto Clemente, and others. A poet and a painter, Mr. Winter lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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