Article Title

Jazz Age Josephine


Dependable, Intermediate, Jonah Winter, Marjorie Priceman, 1920s, Segregation, Civil Rights, Singing, Dance, Performers, Picture Book

Document Type

Book Review


Have you ever heard of Josephine Baker? Well, after you read this story you will want to know more about her life. This is a biographical picture book that highlights the life of Josephine Baker, born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri in 1906. She is quite a showgirl even at a young age, but black in a time when segregation was a way of life. She works her way onto the stage and after several years decides to move to France for her career. Once in France her career takes off and her dreams are coming true. But being successful isn’t enough. She wants to change how her people are being portrayed and treated in the United States. For now, however, she sings, dances and is a success in France. The book also includes a brief life synopsis after the story.