Coretta Scott King Book Award, Illustrator, Honor Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, Honor Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, Nonfiction Honor Parent's Choice Award Wall Street Journal's 10 Best Children's Books of the Year List Bologna Ragazzi Nonfiction Honor 2014
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.
About the Author
Patricia Hruby Powell danced throughout the Americas and Europe with her dance company, One Plus One, before becoming a writer of children's books. She lives in Champaign, Illinois.
Christian Robinson, formerly at Pixar Studios and Sesame Street Workshop, lives in San Francisco.
"Lovely."--Library Media Connection
The Wall Street Journal Best Books of the Year
"An extraordinary dancer and woman is here celebrated with style and empathy."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Scrupulously researched, high-spirited celebration of the color-line-crossing dancer."--Los Angeles Times
"A triumph of a strong, determined African-American woman over prejudice and parochialism. And it makes for a gripping tale."--The Denver Post
"An engaging read aloud with many possibilities for discussion, follow up research and writing.but it doesn't have to be an educational lesson either.it's just a fun read."--Cindy Dobrez, Bookends, a Booklist Blog
"Honors the colorful exuberance of both the Jazz era and Baker's life."--Booklist
"If your child's gotta sing and gotta dance, then she's gotta read this book, too."--Houston Style Magazine
"Josephine dances through these pages with such exuberance, she brings light to each dark corner. A beautiful book."-- Helen Frost, author of the Printz Honor-winning Keesha's House
"Captivating. a fun, enriching, and holistic reading experience."--School Library Journal, starred review
"Your kids will be dancing around in banana skirts after reading this one."--NPR Best Books of The Year
"An extraordinary tribute to an American legend."--Bookpage
"What an excellent book this is."--Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
"One of the most superb books you'll see all year. Excellent writing and dynamic illustrations that fit together like puzzle pieces."--Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
"C'est magnifique!" -- The Horn Book, starred review
"It's also, thus far, one of my very favorite picture books of all of 2014." --BookPage
'This is a unique picture book biography, presenting Baker's life in poetic text that hums with rhythm."--Great Books for Kids
"Some books strike you as more than a book. The words and artwork refuse to stay on the page. They lift up and dance on your tongue, fill your ears with music, and send motion pictures before your eyes - swooping you away to another time and place like magic. So it is with JOSEPHINE ."--Elizebeth Dulemba
"Factual and yet poetic. defies convention as boldly as its subject did."- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
A Junior Library Guild Selection
"A picture book that simply will not quit."-Wall Street Journal
"Author Patricia Hruby Powell casts Josephine Baker's story as a triumph of a strong, determined African-American woman over prejudice and parochialism. And it makes for a gripping tale."--The Denver Post
"Wowed me. "--Roundtable Reviews
"Powell and Robinson create a biography of a woman whose life and art are inseparable."--Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review
"As complex, vibrant, and endearing as Josephine Baker herself."--Cool Mom Picks
"A spectacular collaboration, a spotlight on an unforgettable lady."--Design of the Picture Book
"Baker's entire life spreads out in this tapestry of words."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This liberally illustrated biography of Josephine Baker captures a remarkable, courageous woman whose life and art were inseparable."--Shelf Awareness
"I opened this picture book and was completely amazed."--ReaderTotz
"Entertaining and informative... sure to capture the imagination."--KidsReads
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New Hope for American Art
New Hope for American Art is the most comprehensive book ever published on artists from, and surrounding, the New Hope Art Colony (also known as the Pennsylvania Impressionists). This book, with its 612 pages and over 1,000 color plates of artwork include biographies of 165 individual Pennsylvania Impressionists and New Hope Modernists as well as artists from the Philadelphia Ten, a pioneering group of women all educated at Philadelphia art schools.
In this book, you'll find biographies and artwork from such artists as:
William Langson Lathrop
William F. Taylor
M. Elizabeth Price
S. George Phillips
Rae Sloan Bredin
Charles F. Ramsey
New Hope for American Art was authored, designed and published by James M. Alterman, an expert in the field of Pennsylvania Impressionist and Modernist painting. A longtime collector and owner of two fine art galleries, Alterman wanted to create a user-friendly book intended not only to educate collectors and enthusiasts about this art but to help train one's eye. The book offers valuable tips on how to avoid common mistakes often experienced by new collectors drawn from the author's personal experiences as a collector and fine art dealer.