ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD

The picture book format is necessarily limited so you won't find any mention here of Josephine's exciting work spying during WWII or really anything after the 20s. That's fine. The point of a picture book bio is, to a certain extent, to give kids a glimpse of history through a memorable person. With "Jazz Age Josephine" they learn about a kind of racism they might not encounter elsewhere and a person who was truly one-of-a-kind. Bouncy, rhythmic, funny, and fresh, if kids are assigned a biography of an African-American in school, forget handing them something rote and stodgy. Hand `em this. I guarantee that its equivalent is mighty hard to find.

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