Ragtime Tumpie
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Ragtime Tumpie

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One of the most colorful periods in American history is vividly brought to life in this stirring account of Josephine Baker's childhood. Tumpie, inspired by the vivacious ragtime music of turn-of-the-century St. Louis, dreams of escaping her life on Gratiot Street and becoming a famous honky-tonk dancer. Her determination, pluck, and exuberance will have children clapping,...more
Published by Joy Street Books (first published April 1st 1993)
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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...more
Kelli Ryne
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
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.
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.
fun loving good time dancing
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