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Ragtime Tumpie

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  29 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
The sights and sounds of turn-of-the-century St Louis come alive in this account of a turning point in the childhood of dancer Josephine Baker. Inspired by the ragtime music of her day, Tumpie dreams of becoming a famous honky-tonky dancer.
Published December 31st 1989 by Joy Street Books
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Amy Fieldhouse
Ragtime Tumpie retells the vivacious historical story of young Josephine Baker and her tendency to dance the streets of St. Louis. Tumpie danced everywhere and delighted when she won her first silver dollar in a dance competition. From that moment on she said she couldn’t stop dancing and eventually made her dreams come true. The paintings done by Bernie Fuchs provide a vibrant and rhythmic setting for Tumpie’s tale. The artist used vivid colors and captures their movement in the perfect
Lindy Groth
Cultural #7 - Tumpie loves to dance to the ragtime music she hears the men playing in the streets. She dances when she is supposed to be carrying home the fruits and vegetables, which makes some of the fruits bruised in the wagon. She is convinced she will grow up to be a famous dancer. One evening she enters a dance contest and wins.
Kelli Ryne
Jul 03, 2010 Kelli Ryne rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This particular story highlights the childhood of Josephine Baker, but more strongly paints the picture of the Ragtime era. Ragtime is such a great metaphor for the 20th century in the United States due to its origin and eventual embrace by many sub-cultures and groups. It gave way to many musical genres and dance moves that can be studies through music, film, and literature. I would use this book to begin a discussion of the early 20th century, the jazz-age and the social changes taking place. ...more
Jul 19, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I would use this picture book as a discussion starter when teaching about culture during the turn of the century. There are beautiful pictures to go along with the story of Josephine Baker and the importance of music and dance in the early 20th century. The author's note at the end is a great follow-up to the book.
Apr 06, 2011 Savannah rated it really liked it
A good book that touches on history. Takes place in 1915 and tells the story of young Tumpie, famously knows as Josephine Baker. Great for Black History Month.
Jan 23, 2014 Mckinley rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, biography, music
fun loving good time dancing
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