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Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker | Patricia Hruby Powell
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Coretta Scott King Book Award, Illustrator, Honor Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, Honor Boston GlobeHorn Book Award, Nonfiction Honor 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.
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peytonfleming
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Review: Josephine by Patricia Powell, 2014, is a biography about performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker. It was well researched by the author and illustrator
Blurb: This is a great example of the genre because it tells the true story of a real person, and it uses real quotes that came from the main character that flow and fit into the storyline.
Quote: “Josephine-born poor, out of wedlock in honky-tonk town.“

peytonfleming (Read whole book) 2mo
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mack2799
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This biography book is good because it accurately portrays Josephine's life and its background becomes told through the story. Its authentic in its writing and the illustrations help reveal themes throughout the book. I believe its a fast moving narrative that also keeps the readers involved and engaged!

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mack2799

This book would be great for kids in early childhood classrooms. I think they would find it enjoyable and i also believe the message is strong and empowering! The biography shows a large span of Josephine's life and gives light into everything that happened!

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ds111717

“Improvised, crazed with the music. Even my teeth and eyes burned with fever. I leapt to touch the sky. When I regained earth it was mine alone.“

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ds111717

I would consider using this book in my classroom however it was pretty long so I'm not sure if the kids would be willing to pay and keep their attention on the book but it may spark interest in some of the kids.

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ds111717
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Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker written by Patricia Hruby Powell. About the timeline of the course of Josephine's personal life and career as a dancer. Certain words have different fonts which seem to emphasize or exaggerate the meaning, such as POP! in all caps.

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Clairedannemiller

“The chorus of frenzied dancers joined her.“

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Clairedannemiller

This book would be great for 2nd and 3rd graders. It's a longer book so it would be better for older elementary kids to read. The pages are longer so it would be easier for 2nd and 3rd graders to understand what is going on.

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Clairedannemiller
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This is a nonfiction book. The text in this book is definitely appropriate for an intended audience because the words are presented clearly and a good size for students to read. The language is also very vivid and interesting because it's on different colors of papers and the words are placed in odd spots.

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maddyhensley

“Cross your heart... swear you won‘t tell Mama... I‘m leavin‘ with the show...”

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maddyhensley

Super cute book!!

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maddyhensley
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Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell published in 2014 tells the biography of Josephine McDonald. Josephine was a flapper dancer, she left home without telling her parents to go dance with a show.

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em_lemo
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This book was published in 2014. This book is also a biography about the dancer Josephine Baker. This book covers the whole life of the dancer, and elaborates about her life before becoming the dancer.
Other than explaining the life of Josephine Baker with words, the book has very unique illustrations all throughout. The illustrations are able to tell the story of the Josephine without there being words on the page.

em_lemo My favorite quote throughout this book is,
“Cross your heart...
Swear you won't tell Mama...
I'm leaving with the show...“
This was said by Josephine and I think it gives a great background or precursor to her journey.
2mo
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Stephanie5
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This book is a B and would read as a RA. It is a wonderful story about how a child who grew in poverty grew to become someone who is looked upon as a role model and has children which is named the rainbow tribe. #ucflae3414su19

Stephanie5 UDL : 4.2 ESOL :28 these two tools would help understand the biography and give some more in depth knowledge in order to find out more from Josephine 6mo
DezireeLara This is an awesome book for biographies and black history month! Our students must know about different cultures and hear diverse backgrounds that resemble our very own students. 6mo
DrSpalding Several of your peers decided to read this book as well. It‘s a favorite biography of mine. You have a couple excellent biographies that you could use during a historical figures unit. Now it‘s on you to use them! EL 28 is spot on! 6mo
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BeverlyMel
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Josephine: The dazzling life of Josephine Baker is a beautiful B about entertainer & Harlem Renaissance activist Josephine baker. It is a CSK award winner as well as a Robert Sibert award winner. I think this book would be a great IR for students to study the life of Josephine Baker. #UCFLAE3414SU19

BeverlyMel UDL 1.1: offer ways of customizing the display of information. Although i‘ve seen read aloud videos before, i‘ve never quite seen one like this. It‘s more of a synopsis rather than an actual read of the story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4kFwHNja8A&feature=youtu.be ESOL strategy 17 can be incorporated by the use of a visual aid as well as strategy 28 (edited) 6mo
DrSpalding I love, love, love the video! Robinson‘s illustrations are amazing and to see them in this format truly brings the book to life. You are right that 1.1 works well as does EL 17. 6mo
Mary_Dehner I like your resource! This book is a good one! I read it several times now. I can‘t wait to incorporate into my classroom library. 6mo
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alexialovesmith
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Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker (B) Written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Christina Robinson. (Corette Scott King and Caldecott Awards) I LOVED this book! It summarizes the life of Josephine Baker, a brave, strong, heroic dancer! I feel like this story would make a great ST because it just makes you feel like dancing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6cSTBfIGHk

alexialovesmith I would play this in the background as I read to the students, then after the story is over I would let them dance around as if they were Josephine! It‘s only fitting! This meets UDL4.2, using technology! Having the children dance would meet ELS15 because it reinforces an important part of the story, Josephine is a dancer! It‘s safe to say I‘ve found my new found my favorite illustrator through this assignment, Christian Robinson! #ucflae3414su19
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Kendylleonard I love the idea of this book because it‘s not your “typical” biography. Students will love having the freedom of getting up and being able to dance around the room! This is a great idea! 6mo
DrSpalding This is a beautiful book and reading it to funky jazz music is an excellent idea that would be engaging and motivating. You are correct it meets universal design and English learner strategies when you add music! One of your peers found a YouTube video that is the synopsis of the book using Robinson‘s illustrations… Check it out. 6mo
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Mary_Dehner
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Josephine (Robert Sibert award + Coretta Scott King award) by: Patricia H Powell and Illustrated by: Christian Robinson is a NF biography that will have you hanging on every word! The book tells the tale of Josephine Bakers uneasy rise to flapper dance stardom. Reading it was an enriching experience. It‘s a great book for vocabulary instruction and cross concepts with social studies. I would do a RA with this book for sure.

Mary_Dehner Above is a teacher resource link, this book is great for a unit lesson where each day is centered around a read aloud with vocabulary instruction. The subject cross concepts with social studies and civil rights. The resource pairs well with UDL strategy 2.1 and ESOL strategy 25 with vocab. #ucflae3414su19 (edited) 7mo
DrSpalding This is one of my favorite books. In the inside cover, there was a QR code to a very cool video of Josephine dancing! Looking forward to the replacement. Don‘t forget!😀❤️📚 6mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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Oh, wow! What an inspiring read told in verses and striking visuals! Her dreams took her to places she thought impossible. From rags to riches - from lowlife no-life to Paris high-life, Josephine Baker broke down walls and barriers, and proved that impossible is 'I m possible'!

#BBRC @LibrarianRyan #AtoZOfPictureBooks

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LibrarianRyan 🌟 😂 7mo
Blaire I just bought this one!! 7mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Blaire me too! I borrowed this from Libby, loved it so much I went on Amazon to purchase a copy! 😁 7mo
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erincox

“I shall dance all my life...”

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erincox

The way the author made the text is something that may draw kids to read this book! Super interesting!

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erincox
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Josephine is a performer and civil rights advocate. She started in St. Louis‘s dumps and made it to the biggest stages in the world.

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Madimccrady22

“She strode down the Champs-èlysees, the heart of Paris, with her leopard, Chiquita, each wearing a diamond chocked as regal as a queen by day as wild as a leopard by night.”

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Madimccrady22
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There is bright colorful pictures that are on each page.

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Madimccrady22
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Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell is a biography that was published in 2014. This book is about Josephine who had started out in a rough life cleaning and helping her mom around the house. She had turned to music to help her escape. Josephine has danced and began her preforming career. She was living a true fairy tale that she was able to do what she loved and be so highly recognized.

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cjbattiste

“Cross your heart...swear you won‘t tell Mama...I‘m leavin‘ with the show.”

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cjbattiste

The font picked for the text goes so well with the whole book and is easy to read.

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cjbattiste
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This is such a great book that I can‘t wait to have on my shelves. Not only is the text intriguing, and the pictures beautiful, but the vocabulary is just amazing. The way this book is written is perfect for telling an important story.

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CassidyCantrell

I love the pictures throughout this book! It blends in with the way the words are placed in the book

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CassidyCantrell
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-biography
I love how the words are scrambled and it attracts the eyes of a young reader

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keyleannhawk1
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I love this whole blurb! So inspiring and beautiful and shows perseverance, courage, and accomplishment!!

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keyleannhawk1
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This book is accurate during the time period showing segregation!

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keyleannhawk1
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Published in 2014, this biography book is of a dancer who started her life in a poor time and blossoms to great accomplishment! It shows struggle, triumph, and so much more! The author created authenticity and accuracy by including time periods with dates, accurate descriptions of how people are treated during those times, and sheds light on perseverance!

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marypeyton

“I shall dance all my life... I would like to die, breathless, spent, at the end of a dance.”

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marypeyton

I liked this book because it was not a boring biography, it contained different fronted words, onomatopoeia, and many illustrations.

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marypeyton
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Josephine is a bibliography written by Patricia Hruby Powell with pictures by Christian Robinson. This book was written in 2014. The authors representation of the character is fair and real. This book is realistic and the characters life is believable with both strengths and weaknesses. This book also contains references and sources at the book where the information came from.

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paulettevp
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The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker Author: Patricia Hruby Powell
Illustrator: Christian Robinson
Genre: B
Awards: Scott King & Sibert
Grades: 4-7

paulettevp Summary:
Born in St. Louis during a time of segregation and blunt racism. Josephine was raised by her mother who was also a dancer but she cleaned floors for a living. When Josephine became an adult, she attempted to make it here in the USA but society was not welcoming. She took a risk to go live in France and that set her whole career on fire.
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paulettevp She was even a pilot and spy for France during the war. She loved France and France loved her. In her prime, she walked around Paris with her leopard, both wearing matching diamond necklaces. After two failed marriages, she finally married Bouillon who adopted 12 children with him. She lost all her fortune and had to return to the stage which ultimately tired her to death. 2y
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paulettevp She was the first African American Follies star and was among the wealthiest performers of her time. 2y
paulettevp Classroom Application:
I would use this biography as a Read Aloud during Social Studies specifically in February for Black History Month or March for Women‘s History Month. The biography sheds light to the obvious societal issues in her time period and how it affected her. Students could even PR for the second read before completing the activities.
2y
paulettevp ESOL 28: Provide biographies of significant men and women from different countries.
Josephine Baker‘s biography meets this accommodation because she was not only American but she was also French(by choice).
I would assume that most ESOL students come from other countries outside the USA and she would be considered foreign to them.
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paulettevp UDL 3.1: Activate or supply background knowledge.
Assuming the students have an idea of segregation and how life was like back then especially for an African American women, they will be able to recall this information during the RA. If not, the before and the after reading will provide that background knowledge.
2y
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KhyaraN
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I absolutely loved Josephine, a non-fiction biography picture book about Josephine Baker. Josephine was a black dancer in the early 20th century. This colorful book is great for students in 3rd-5th grade. It really helps portrays different eras in the US as well as Europe. It is a great lesson for Black History Month and overall history. It‘s great for Story telling(S) where the teacher can take several days and focus on Josephine..#UCFLAE3414SP18

KhyaraN For ESOL it uses visuals which is crucial for beginning English Learners in the classroom. Using 5.3 to build communication EL students learn and enhance vocabulary used with lively descriptions of a lively dancer.The book has earned multiple awards for the text and illustration such as the: Coretta Scott King award, the Boston Globe Horn Book award and the Robert F. Sibert Honor book award. It‘s phenomenal! (edited) 2y
KhyaraN This website shows activities and ideas educators can use in the classroom to celebrate Josephine Baker - http://www.theclassroombookshelf.com/2014/01/josephine-the-dazzling-life-of-jose... (edited) 2y
Ryanne.H I have never heard of this book, nor Josephine herself. Now I am very interested to learn more about her. Great post! 2y
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Laura.S This book looks so good! When exploring the website you provided, I loved all the possible lessons that could come from it and I saw one that focuses on African American dances which I think would be a great lesson. Would help with bringing more culture into the classroom. 2y
KhyaraN @Ryanne.H I hadn‘t realized she was a real person till I read about her! The book cover definitely made me interested, it‘s such a good picture book. 2y
KhyaraN @Laura.S That‘s one of the reasons I was interested, there wasn‘t a lot of diversity in books when I was younger so it‘s definitely great for a classroom library. 2y
DrSpalding Excellent post. Very thorough. Be sure to use the number code and verbiage for your ESOL strategy. The resource you attached has so many lesson plan ideas, some of which you included in your post. Well done. 2y
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