Saturday, July 14, 2018

Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker is a new young reader book in the series Little People, Big Dreams.  Written by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara and illustrated by Agathe Sorlet, it's due out 31st July from Quarto publishing Frances Lincoln imprint.  Aimed at younger readers, it's 32 pages, perfect for a storytime or classroom circle read.  It's available in hardcover and ebook formats.

The text is inset into full color page illustrations and each page illustrates the accompanying text.  The art is whimsical and simple (see cover) and very appealing.  I absolutely loved that it's factually based and realistic and doesn't shy away from the reasons for Ms. Baker's emigration from the US or her life and activities without devolving into stridency or preachiness.  The story is followed by a short biography with pictures of her life with ideas for further reading.

This is a perfectly charming little book.  I enjoyed it very much and appreciate that this series takes on serious subjects in an accessible and digestible format for young readers. 

Five stars for the format, subject matter, honesty, and charming presentation.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes

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