Hruby Powell, P., & Robinson, C. (illustrator). (2014). Josephine. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.
In this free verse biography of Josephine Baker, young readers are taken along a colorful and rhythmic trip through the star’s life.
This biography is informative and educational, while also being artistic and poetic. The verse may have been slightly challenging to get into in the beginning, but I soon found the rhythm and was able to really get into the book. The images are simplistic and almost childlike, yet they work with the more complex rhymes to make the story accessible for children.
This book effectively combines poetry and biography which makes this a great book for a project or for pleasure reading. It does not shy away from complex themes like racism and highlights what Josephine’s life was actually like. Because of this, I give it a 5 out of 5.