This month, a few new biographies of famous black thinkers and doers will hit bookstore shelves. The books are geared towards children, and come complete with flaws and all.
“Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker” (Chronicle Books, $17.99, ages 7-10), Patricia Hruby Powell’s scrupulously researched, high-spirited celebration of the color-line-crossing dancer, illustrated by Christian Robinson, takes its verbal and visual cues from the sights and sounds of Baker’s life and times. […] Powell’s poetic voice details not only Baker’s rise to stardom, onstage triumphs and offstage heroism but also her disappointments, excesses and her descent into homelessness before a glorious return to the stage and funeral fit for a queen.
Also out this month is “Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X.,” written by his daughter Ilyasah Shabazz.
While the book isn’t as bold in exposing the civil rights icon’s flaws as “Joesphine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker,” it does provide a look into the early life of Malcolm X.
What do you think of children’s biographies that expose both the successes and flaws of figures?
Is it a good practice that should be implemented in literary pieces across the board?
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