Baby Flo

Florence Mills Lights Up the Stage

By Alan Schroeder; Cornelius Van Wright (Illustrator); Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator)
(Lee & Low Books, Hardcover, 9781600604102, 40pp.)

Publication Date: March 1, 2012

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Description
Straight up:
Florence was a remarkable child,
and that’s a fact.

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.



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 earned ALA Notables 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. 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.
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