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  • Published: New York : Henry Holt, 2005.
  • Year Published: 2005
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 1 v. (unpaged)
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 900

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 0805071067 :
  • 9780805071061


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by Giovanni, Nikki.

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Call number: J 921 Parks, Rosa., R Caldecott Honor 2006

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Good introduction to important history

Books about Rosa Parks abound, but this one stands out among the rest. In the post- Civil Rights era, Rosa Parks has become symbol of the movement, sometimes to the exclusion of her humanity. Giovanni’s lyrical prose succeeds in making her a real person to readers, with a sick mother and a husband to make dinner for. The book also connects Rosa Parks to the larger events surrounding her decision to remain in her seat; readers see the link between not only her decision and the bus boycott that followed, but also Brown vs. Board of Education and the lynching of Emmett Till. Collier’s illustrations are somewhere between collage and stained glass, and a halo-like light surrounds the heads of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. at critical junctures in the story. Rosa is welcome during Black History Month of course, but it would be a shame to confine a book of such caliber and importance to one month of the year. The only thing missing is an afterward giving information about Rosa Parks’ life after the bus boycott, and sources for further information. Readers will want to learn more after reading this book, and it would have been nice if the author gave suggestions for resources to do so. Apart for that caveat, I recommend this book highly.

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