visión de conjunto:Críticas Using the rhythm and pacing of blues lyrics Jonah Winter (Diego) unspools the biography of dancer singer performer and activist Josephine Baker. Marjorie Priceman's (One of Each) loose line and expressive gouache-and-ink illustrations evoke the sensuality of the dances that rocketed Baker to the top.... Brava! -- Shelf Awareness* Even though the ranks of picture-book biographies of significant artists (many of whom kids have likely never heard of) have swollen considerably in recent years this one about the singer dancer and all-around entertainer Josephine Baker still manages to dazzle. Much of the credit for this goes to Winter who only loosely follows the tried-and-true format of using the artist's life as an inspirational model to embrace talent work hard overcome adversity and follow one's dreams. The biographical details--how she would dance on the streets of St. Louis for spare change as a girl got her big break as a chorus girl in New York and then found fervent acclaim in Paris as a symbol of the American Jazz Age--are covered in broad strokes with more attention given to recreating the style and swagger of her onstage performances. With pages that sometimes have little more than riffs on Boodle-am boodle-am boodle-am SHAKE Winter's syncopated language dances nearly as much as the energized loose-limbed figures in Priceman's kinetic artwork to convey the spirit as much as the life of the subject. An author's note supplies more concrete biographical details but the true potential in this book lies in its ability to get little ones whipped up into an ebullient dancing fizz sharing in the joys of rhythm. -- BOOKLIST November 1 2011 *STARWinter's language--bursting with the riffs and rhythms of the Jazz Age--will have kids shaking and shimmying. Winter has a great ear for sketching out the life of the entertainer Josephine Baker from the miseries of her childhood in St. Louis to her triumphant success in Paris. It's an ebullient kinetic ride kept in constant visual motion by Marjorie Priceman's swirling lines and jazz-hot colors. --New York Times Book Review* Winter a prolific author of picture-book biographies uses rhyming couplets and verbal riffs accentuated by lively typeface for a highly energetic telling. It's the Shake / the Shimmy / and the Mess Around! / No one sleeps / when she's in town! Priceman a Caldecott Honor recipient uses her trademark swirling lines and bright colors in inks and gouache to show off Baker's fantastic moves at almost cinematic speed..... In any consideration of noteworthy lives Baker stands tall and sparkles as a determined brave and singular woman of color. Kirkus Reviews January 1 2012 *STARPriceman's exuberant style fits Baker perfectly as she dances across the pages.... Winter does an incredible job of charting Baker's triumphs and the glorious silliness of her stage acts in hip and lively verse while underscoring the persistant sadness of her exile. --San Francisco ChronicleJazz Age Josephine Jonah Winter illus. by Marjorie Priceman. S&S/Atheneum $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4169-6123-9 The life of entertainer Josephine Baker isn't an easy one to translate to the picture book form but Winter and Priceman attack her story with a gusto worthy of Miss Josephine herself. Opening with her impoverished childhood in St. Louis Mo. Winter (Barack) uses the riffs and rhythms of the blues music structure to show how a young Josephine embraced an energetic stage presence early on (So Josephine made funny faces stuck out her tongue and crossed her eyes./ Yes Josephine made funny faces stuck out her tongue bugged out her eyes). Leaving town due to racial strife Josephine fled to New York City broke onto Broadway and--fed up with racist roles she was asked to play--decamped for France. Winter switches up his rhythms to match the mood first with jazzy staccato blasts (Gay Paree!/ Josephine!/ Here's an act/ they've never seen!) and later with a more contemplative ballad. Caldecott Honor artist Priceman (Hot Air) contributes exuberant gouache and ink paintings that capture Josephine's every impish facial expression and knee-knocking hip-shaking dance move. It's a rollicking tribute to a remarkable trailblazing woman. Ages 4-8. --Publishers Weekly November 28 2011 *STARWinter Jonah Jazz Age Josephine Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman. 2012. 40pp. $16.99 hc. Atheneum (Simon & Schuster). 978-1-4169-6123-9. Grades PreK-3 This title is a picture book biography of Josephine Baker. Growing up in the jazz age of the 1930s she got her start in a chorus line in New York City. Because her talents were never fully recognized in the United States she went to Paris where she became famous. The text style is appealing easy-to-read and fits the jazz theme. Colorful illustrations show lots of expression and motion. The cover depicts Josephine dancing and will entice the reader to open the pages and take a look. Children will enjoy reading this easy biography. Sue N. Howard Educational Reviewer Memphis Tennessee Recommended --Library Media Connection May/June 2012 Reseña del editor A picture book biography that will inspire readers to dance to their own beats!Singer dancer actress and independent dame Josephine Baker felt life was a performance. She lived by her own rules and helped to shake up the status quo with wild costumes and a you-can’t-tell-me-no attitude that made her famous. She even had a pet leopard in Paris!From bestselling children’s biographer Jonah Winter and two-time Caldecott Honoree Marjorie Priceman comes a story of a woman the stage could barely contain. Rising from a poor segregated upbringing Josephine Baker was able to break through racial barriers with her own sense of flair and astonishing dance abilities. She was a pillar of steel with a heart of gold—all wrapped up in feathers sequins and an infectious rhythm. Biografía del autor Jonah Winter is the author of Barack Dizzy Diego and Atheneum’s own Sonia Sotomayor and Roberto Clemente to name a few. He lives in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.Marjorie Priceman has won Caldecott Honors for Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss and for Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride which she also wrote. She lives in Lewisburg Pennsylvania.