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Ragtime Tumpie

Schroeder, Alan

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ISBN 10: 0316774979 / ISBN 13: 9780316774970
Published by Little Brown & Co (Juv), U.S.A., 1989
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Second printing. Green cloth, gilt titles, sheet music reproduced on endsheets. With color illustrations by Bernie Fuchs. A fictional account of the childhood of entertainer Josephine Baker. A near fine copy in loike DJ. Unpaginated. Bookseller Inventory # 13980

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Title: Ragtime Tumpie

Publisher: Little Brown & Co (Juv), U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Bernie Fuchs

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition.

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The exuberance of the ragtime music of turn-of-the-century St. Louis is evoked in a story that reveals how this music inspired Josephine Baker to become one of the most famous dancers of the 1920s

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Stunningly illustrated and as joyful as St. Louis jazz, Ragtime Tumpie is a "fictional account" of an incident in the childhood of the flamboyant and legendary entertainer Josephine Baker. Although the author's note at the end of the book details Baker's famous accomplishments--her work for the French Resistance, her adopted "Rainbow Tribe," her Ziegfeld Follies stardom--the book is not a traditional biography. It is a fully developed picture book that resonates with the sights and colors of the turn-of-the century era it describes. Ragtime Tumpie's saucy exuberance, spicy as a gingersnap, is irresistible. "I'm gonna be a honky-tonk dancer," Tumpie says, and she remembers all the times her mother took her to see her drummer father and his friends play the "Dill Pickles Rag" and the "Chicken Chowder." She goes to sleep lulled by the "lazy-bluesy sound of the saxophones" and dances through the winter in the apartment with her mother "just to keep warm." When she wins a silver dollar in a dance contest held by an itinerant Medicine Man, Tumpie knows that she will "never stop dancin' now!" Although the plot is simple, the book's emotional reverberations are complex. Fuchs's rich paintings are luminous and golden. The faces of even minor characters seem breathtakingly real. The shopkeepers smile at Tumpie snatching fruit in the sun-drenched Soulard Market, old Savannah dances in a "swirl of hot color," and Tumpie's disapproving stepfather looks out from the shadows of a cracked mirror. Tumpie's face, especially, is unforgettable as she dances barefoot to "real jug band jazz" and walks through streets that seem "alive with dancing and color and the fast joy of ragtime music." Ages 5-9.
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