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Back of the Bus Hardcover – January 7, 2010
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"Cooper's filmy oil paintings are characterized by a fine mistlike texture, which results in warm, lifelike portraits that convincingly evoke the era, the intense emotional pitch of this incident, and the everyday heroism it embodied."
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People began to crowd the bus and he could hear Mr. Blake, the bus driver, say, "Y'all gotta move, now." He had a "growly ol' voice," enough to make anyone move, except someone wasn't planning on it. The yellow and white bus with the green trim around the windows stood still and the boy asked his Mama why they weren't moving. "Hush, child." He took out his marble again, but got another scolding from his Mama's "crinkled-up somethin's-wrong voice." There was something else wrong on the bus because there were people with angry scowling faces. Mr. Blake was going to call for the police. He then saw who was making those people angry. What was going to happen to Mrs. Parks? Were they going to be in trouble too?
This back of the bus view of Rosa Parks was very stunning, poetic and impressive. I loved the lyrical lilt of the tale and the unusual view of an historical event from the eyes of a child made this into a poignant one. The art work had a nostalgic, postcard grainy look that seemed to capture that moment in time.Read more ›
But when people pile on the bus, "all crammed in like lima beans," the driver, Mr. Blake, tells the African-American riders to move to the back of the bus. The boy can't understand why the bus is sitting there stopped, but Mama's got her "crinkled-up somethin's wrong voice," and he wants to know if they've done something wrong. He finally realizes it's Mrs. Parks who's still sitting up front in the bus, like she belongs there. Soon the policeman comes, taking Mrs. Parks away in handcuffs, as Mama watches with "the long tired eyes." While his mama says tomorrow "all this'll be forgot," the young boy somehow knows it won't be, and feels "a little strong, Like Mama's chin."
This is a sensitively done take on a familiar incident from history, told from a child's point of view, in a way that makes the subject matter accessible for children to learn from and discuss. It would be an excellent title for people of all races to check out of the library or purchase to share with their children in order to commemorate not only Mrs. Parks, but the other brave men and women who fought beside her in the Civil Rights movement.Read more ›
Illustrated by Floyd Cooper
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Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds tells the story of what happened to Rosa, on that December afternoon. There are many stories that tell this story for children but what makes this book unique and special is that it is told from a child's perspective. In a world that was changed by heroes like Rosa Parks, children today don't fully understand why she had to stand up by sitting down. Telling the story, and using a child narrator makes this book stand out as absolutely excellent.
This book also works well as a picture book that can be used by older grades to begin a conversation on the topic and begin to research who Rosa was. The child narrator is also able to pick up on something that even his mother did not, that this was only the beginning of something greater.
This is a must own for Elementary and Children's library collections.
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This beautifully-illustrated book is a wonderfully sensitive retelling of the Rosa Parks story from a different perspective. It would be a lovely addition to any child's bookshelf.Published on January 19, 2014 by Deb Bible