Baby Flo

By Booklist

Growing up in poverty in a Washington, D.C., neighborhood in the early twentieth century, Florence Mills had a remarkable talent for singing and dancing…Kids will be caught by the amazing story of child stardom, and the vibrant watercolor pictures on unframed double-page spreads show the small black girl blissfully singing and dancing at home, nervous on stage, and then performing to ecstatic applause. A long author’s note with sepia photos fills in the story of the remarkable success that she enjoyed as an adult, performing for fans such as Charlie Chaplin, Paul Robeson, and Irving Berlin until her early tragic death. A stirring picture-book biography.