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Baby Flo: Florence Mills Lights Up the Stage

By Alan Schroeder
Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright, Ying-Hwa Hu

Hardcover: $18.95

Pint-sized dynamo “Baby Florence” Mills was singing and dancing just about as soon as she could talk and walk. She warbled a tune while her mama did laundry. Everywhere Flo went, she strutted through the streets of Washington, D.C. with a high-steppin’ cakewalk. Flo’s mama and daddy knew they had a budding entertainer in the family, so they entered Florence in a talent contest.

Baby Flo went on to become an international superstar during the Harlem Renaissance—but first she had to overcome a case of stage fright and discover that winning wasn’t everything. Here is the spirited story of that spunky young girl learning to chase her dreams with confidence. A sensation in her time, Baby Flo is back, dancing and singing her way into hearts and history.

Author Alan Schroeder: "Writing a Life: How to Write a Biography for Children"

About the Creators

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is the author of several acclaimed picture books that capture the early lives of notable African Americans. His work has earned ALA Notables and has been honored among TIME magazine’s Best Children’s Books of the Year. Schroeder lives in Alameda, California.

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and his wife Ying-Hwa Hu have illustrated dozens of award-winning books. Their illustrations have been praised by Kirkus Reviews as “bright, detailed and dynamic, vividly depicting . . . characters’ facial features and personalities.” Van Wright, a native New Yorker, lives in New York City.

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and her husband Cornelius Van Wright have illustrated dozens of award-winning books. Their illustrations have been praised by Kirkus Reviews as “bright, detailed and dynamic, vividly depicting . . . characters’ facial features and personalities.” Hu, who was born in Taiwan, lives in New York City.

About This Title

ISBN

Hardcover: 9781600604102

Awards

Best Children's Books of the Year
Bank Street College of Education

Guided Reading:

P

Lexile:

640L

Interest Level:

Grades 1 - 6

Reading Level:

Grades 3 - 3

Themes

United States History, Overcoming Obstacles, Occupations, Music, History, Dreams & Aspirations, Childhood Experiences and Memories, African/African American Interest, Biography/Memoir, Poverty, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Persistence/Grit, Realistic Fiction

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