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Rosa Hardcover – September 15, 2005
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5–Rosa Parks's personal story moves quickly into a summary of the Civil Rights movement in this striking picture book. Parks is introduced in idealized terms. She cares for her ill mother and is married to one of the best barbers in the county. Sewing in an alterations department, Rosa Parks was the best seamstress. Her needle and thread flew through her hands like the gold spinning from Rumpelstiltskin's loom. Soon the story moves to her famous refusal to give up her seat on the bus, but readers lose sight of her as she waits to be arrested. Giovanni turns to explaining the response of the Women's Political Caucus, which led to the bus boycott in Montgomery. A few events of the movement are interjected–the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the aftermath and reactions to the murder of Emmett Till, the role of Martin Luther King, Jr., as spokesperson. Collier's watercolor and collage scenes are deeply hued and luminous, incorporating abstract and surreal elements along with the realistic figures. Set on colored pages, these illustrations include an effective double foldout page with the crowd of successful walkers facing a courthouse representing the 1956 Supreme Court verdict against segregation on the buses. Many readers will wonder how it all went for Parks after her arrest, and there are no added notes. Purposeful in its telling, this is a handsome and thought-provoking introduction to these watershed acts of civil disobedience.–Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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Top Customer Reviews
system of boarding a bus, being ordered to get up, & give up her seat.
Only because her skin color & gender defined her for the hate that festered in Birmingham, Alabama to start.
Emmitt Till's murder was the last straw, & an in-your-face "order" was the starter pistol.
I don't believe, & never have that a children's book is the know-all-end-all for your child's knowledge. It's more of an introduction to delve in & search out more.
Naturally, there should be discretion, that's where the parent comes in. Exploring a topic with only one book, to explain what history is being told, is not in just one book.
The illustrations are colorful & vivid, the story on point, but the beauty of reading with your child, or to your child is the spark of discovery & knowledge..... Your child will want more, but @her or his pace. Savoring it like a good cup of cocoa. ;o)