- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
- Lexile Measure: 0600 (What's this?)
- Series: Ordinary People Change the World
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Dial Books (June 17, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803740859
- ISBN-13: 978-0803740853
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change the World) Hardcover – June 17, 2014
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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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I would selfishly like to shield her from the ugliness of the world and I also understand it's my responsibility to educated her. This book did a great job of weaving her story, facts and inspiration in a kid friendly/digestible way. I am glad it's a part of our library. Especially in these times.
After such a positive (educational and emotional) experience with that one, we picked up I am Rosa Parks a few weeks ago. And amazingly, the same thing happened! Meltzer must really understand kids, because he creates books that they not only LOVE, but that explain complex cultural and social ideas (and hugely embarrassing moments in US history), and break them down in a way that is clear to small children but that does not sugar coat or try to justify/explain.
I seriously cannot say enough wonderful things about this series. We just got I am Abraham Lincoln yesterday and already my kid is dying to learn more about the 16th president!
We're anxiously awaiting Amelia Earhart :)