This is a picture book biography aimed at young readers. It has incredibly vibrant art, filled with color and movement, which draws readers unfamiliar with Josephine Baker fully into her story. What I particularly like about this book is that it does a wonderful job of capturing the wit and energy associated with Josephine, both as an individual and as a performer, but it in no way glosses over the difficulties she faced throughout her life, both personally and professionally. It would have been very easy for this to have been just a celebration of her accomplishments, without addressing any of her shortcomings. Another wonderful inclusion is a list of titles for further reading; even if the titles are more advanced than this book, having them listed (as full and complete citations, no less, not simply title and author!) is really a nice touch that shows the scholarship that went into this book–there is also a source cited for every quotation used–but is also an incredible resource for anyone who wants to know more about Josephine after reading this book. There’s so much work that went into this relatively short book, that it’s clear that the subject is something of a passion for both the author and the illustrator. Highly recommended.
Source: borrowed from library