This picture book by Isabel Sánchez Vegara and Agathe Sorlet introduces children to the life of dancer and civil rights activist, Josephine Baker. In simple text, accompanied with bright, colourful illustrations, which complement the story well, it talks about her life under segregation in St Louis in the early 20th century, and how she climbed out of poverty through her talent as a dancer. It covers how she travelled to Paris and later became involved in the French Resistance during World War II and later the civil rights movement back in the USA. It also mentions her many pets, including a pet cheetah, which will probably help pique the interest of animal loving young readers.
Josephine Baker is the latest volume in the Little People Big Dreams series of books aimed at introducing children to inspirational figures from around the world whom they may not have heard of. This book could be a good starting point for talking to children about civil rights in general, the French Resistance, or more about the life of Josephine Baker.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the Quarto Publishing Group, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.