Story Time – Joan Betty Stuchner & Joanne Renaud

February 2, 2009 at 4:28 am Leave a comment

Special story time & Art project at 11:00 am & 3:00 pm this Wednesday

Canadian author Joan Betty Stuchner will be here this Wednesday at 11:00am for a very special story time.


Learn more about Joan:

Her blog

Her Bio

Her Books


When Martin Luther King Jr. uttered the famous words “I have a dream” during the March on Washington rally in 1963, Josephine Baker—the only woman to speak and perform at the rally—knew what he meant. As a poor African American growing up in St. Louis, Josephine had faced great hardships, but she never stopped dreaming of seeing her name in lights. Knowing that her dream would be difficult to achieve in the United States, she moved to France, where she became a famous singer, dancer, and entertainer. While in France, she broke free of prejudices, helped the French resistance in World War II, and became a civil rights leader. At the March on Washington, Josephine refused to perform for segregated audiences. Josephine’s continued stand against segregation helped end the practice in the United States.

Josephine’s Dream is a beautifully illustrated children’s book based upon the events in the life that allowed her to achieve her dream. The book teaches the importance of family, the importance of following one’s dreams, and the importance of living true to one’s values. It also emphasizes the difference that one person can make in the world.

Josephine’s Dream was written by Joan Stuchner and illustrated by Chantelle Walther.

In honor of Black History Month, Joan Stuchner will visit Once Upon a Story Books on Wednesday, February 4, 2009, at 11 a.m., for a reading of Josephine’s Dream and a presentation on the life of Josephine Baker.

At 3:00 Joan will be back with Joanne Renaud and their book Honey Cake


Joan will do a reading from the book and then Joanne will talk with us about her illustrations and then lead the kids in an art project.

Learn more Joanne here

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