Baby Flo: Florence Mills Lights Up the Stage (Hardcover)
The spunk and talent of Florence Mills, an early 20th century black entertainer, is expressed in vibrant text and watercolors. Author’s note included (6–9).
— From Historical Fiction
This spirited biography introduces young readers to the early life of Florence Baby Flo Mills, an internationally renowned entertainer of the Harlem Renaissance era who began her career as a child.
Straight up: Florence was a remarkable child, and that's a fact.
Pint-sized dynamo Baby Florence Mills sang and danced just about as soon as she could talk and walk. She warbled a tune while her mama did laundry. 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.
About the Author
ALAN SCHROEDER is the author of several acclaimed picture books that capture the early lives of notable African Americans. His work has appeared on ALA Notable booklists and has been honored among TIME magazine's Best Children's Books of the Year. Schroeder lives in Alameda, California. CORNELIUS VAN WRIGHT and YING-HWA HU are a husband-and-wife team who have illustrated dozens of award-winning children's books, including Lee & Low's Sam and the Lucky Money and Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree. Their illustrations have been praised by Kirkus Reviews as bright, detailed and dynamic, vividly depicting . . . characters' facial features and personalities. They live in New York City. Please visit their website at pencilmoonstudio.com.