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I am Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change World) Hardcover – June 17, 2014


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: Ordinary People Change World
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; 1ST edition (June 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803740859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803740853
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Meltzer’s first-person narration and Eliopoulos’ comic-style illustrations bring an altogether different look and feel to the story of Rosa Parks. Beginning with childhood incidents that guided her later actions, this entry in the Ordinary People Change the World series proceeds with examples of Jim Crow laws and separate-but-equal disparities. These set the scene for Parks’ involvement in civil rights, her now-celebrated refusal to give up her seat on a bus, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott she inspired. While some might question this book’s biographic credentials because of its undocumented speech-bubble quotes, others will note how the visual format makes Parks and her time period accessible to young readers. An emphasis on Parks as an ordinary person who stood up for what’s right also lends itself well to character education studies. Concluding archival photos show the real Rosa Parks. Informative and appealing. Grades K-2. --Angela Leeper

About the Author

Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Fifth Assassin, Heroes for My Son, and Heroes for My Daughter, and he is the host of the History Channel television show Brad Meltzer's Decoded. He lives in Florida with his wife and their three children.

Christopher Eliopoulos began his illustration career as a letterer for Marvel, and has worked on thousands of comics, including Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius, Pet Avengers, and Cow Boy, all of which he wrote and illustrated. He lives in New Jersey with his wfie and their identical twin sons.

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This is one of my favorite books to read to my daughter.
Mallory
Great book for children - I read it to my 2 year old, fun accessible historic story!
AdGal
It is written very well, and in the first person, so it really grabs your attention.
Dr. Oceanfront

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Format: Hardcover
With ‘I am Rosa Parks’ Brad Meltzer and illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos delivered new installment in Ordinary People Change World series, the educational books made for preschool children.

This time the subject of book is Rosa Sparks, a brave character from American history, an African-American activist for civil rights, also called as "the mother of the freedom movement"
The day when because of her struggle she was arrested, and by coincidence, her birthday Feb 4 and Dec 1, the day she was arrested because of her struggle are being celebrated as national holidays for last 14 years.

This book allows children to learn some most important events from her life and find out more insight about this brave woman who did not allow others to prevent her just struggle for justice and equality of people.

As was the case in the book about Lincoln and Amelia Earhart, on its pages author in the way suitable for children presented some events of Rosa life, from her childhood when she was mocked by her younger brother because of her height to the first “incident” with white boy when she stood her ground not to be bothered again.

‘I am Rosa Parks’ sends beautiful message that almost every time it’s hard to change things and usually it takes some time for change to be seen but that does not mean one should not try, do everything is needed, which will certainly in the end lead to result.

Besides Meltzer’s educational and inspiring text, the book artwork is full of colorful and charming illustrations which additionally makes this children book both great for learning and entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Oceanfront TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This series has been bringing icons of our country to life, starting with Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, and now Rosa Parks. It is written very well, and in the first person, so it really grabs your attention. Meltzer brings what appear to be ordinary people, into their story, that has now changed the world.

The illustrations are marvelous, by Christopher Eliopoulos, and the speech bubbles help make the book feel alive.

The story follows Rosa Parks life, and tells us how she was taught to respect herself, and expect respect from others. It is a powerful story for children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Slubowski on July 7, 2014
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My 7 year old granddaughter is thoroughly enjoying this series of "Ordinary People Changing the World"!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SimpleSolutions on July 5, 2014
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I am blessed with 6-year old twin granddaughters. There are concepts in these three books that needs explanation and it is a pleasure to me to not just read the stories but to discuss these ideas with the kids. They in turn get absorbed about notion of bullying, racism, determination, and leadership among other concepts. It is a very special time for me and the girls and they are not bored by these discussions and educational ideas at all.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By I.A. on June 22, 2014
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Brad Meltzer is a famous author in many genres, so it is fair to say he can get just about anything published. I applaud the fact that he has moves easily from adult (as in grown up) detective novels to important children's literature. He is trying to help create a knowledge base among the young and very young (pre-K) of some famous people in history. This is a GREAT thing since most kids don't know any history (come'on man, they think Miley and Kim are important). Even worse, history is taught less and less in schools as they focus on English mechanics and Math, since these are the core topics that are on the all important national tests). My beef is with the content of the book. For instance, there's a snippet in the book where young Rosa gets pushed by a boy. "And do you know what I did?" she asks. "I pushed him right back." Clearly Meltzer has never taught or subbed in a K class. I can't imagine any teacher wanting to read a book where the hero is pushing another child (even if she was pushed first). It is hard enough to get this age group to "keep their hands to themselves" without throwing something like this in the mix. This is an important story to tell, and the illustrations are superb. I just think that parents should use the "free look" feature before they buy this particular installment for their little ones. The same goes for teachers. Thanks.
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This book told of little Rosa Parks and how she experienced life. This ordinary 'little' girl was raised with unfair rules that didn't stunt her hopes and finally resulted in her seated protest on an ordinary bus in the ordinary south. This series of books teaches how ordinary people change the world. This was a gift for our young granddaughter... and I sure am glad I bought it.
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By Amazon Customer on July 15, 2014
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There is no greater gift for a child than to have someone read to them. This book, and others in the same series, have been great tools for my niece, sister and brother-in-law to structure quality family time.
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Extremely popular with my grandchildren and their parents. We will buy future books in this series, when dedicated to a single subject. See more thorough review under the Abe Lincoln book by same author.
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