The story of Rosa Parks and her courageous act of defiance. Provides the story of the young black woman who refused to give up her seat to a white passenger in Alabama, setting in motion all the events of the Civil Rights Movements that resulted in the end of the segregated south, gave equality to blacks throughout the nation, and forever changed the country in which we all live today. She had not sought this moment but she was ready for it. When the policeman bent down to ask "Auntie, are you going to move?" all the strength of all the people through all those many years joined in her. She said, "No." An inspiring account of an event that shaped American history. Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus, Mrs. Rosa Parks is still one of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement. This picture-book tribute to Mrs. Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed. Award-winning poet, writer, and activist Nikki Giovanni's evocative text combines with Bryan Collier's striking cut-paper images to retell the story of this historic event from a wholly unique and original perspective.
I like this book because it sums up a little piece of history. To some students, history is a boring subject to learn. This book was very well written and interesting. I always knew who Rosa Parks was but did not realized the lengths her friends went to support her. I do wish that the book would have told more about what eventually happened to Rosa, afterall the book was named after her. I guess I will have to find another book to answer that for me.
I would use this book in the classroom to show how people can accomplish things by supporting one another. Also, it is a good book to teach in black history month.
This book was excellent! It would be great to read to a group of children for a history lesson. The pictures were fantastic and I enjoyed that it incorporated many famous African Americans into the story that helped change segregation laws with Rosa Parks.
For extension in the classroom, I would have the children read Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech, the I Have a Dream speech, and state what their reaction to it is.
Critique: It is a good example of a biography because of how Rosa Parks is a very famous figure in history due to her role in the civil rights movement. It is based on a true event when Rosa refused to give up her seat on a bus for a white man.
This was a great book. It gives you more details on the story of Rosa Parks than I ever learned in history class. It gives more background and personal information. It shows how certain historical events tied in to each other.
I would read this book to my class after learning about desegregation. I would discuss with my students how they would have handled the situation. I would ask them if they thought her actions were justified and why they felt the way that they felt. I would want them to learn that although they may feel like their actions are unimportant, they can change history with one simple action.
Classroom connection: Could be used during a unit on civil right in a middle school social studies class. Or as part of Black History Month in an elementary school. Could also be used as part of a unit on Martin Luther King. As an award winner this is an example of an outstanding book and could be used to introduce the Caldecott award and the Coretta Scott King Award.
I really like the pictures in this book. I also still believe some type of racism exsists today. My husband is black and when we go places peolpe still look at us funny like why are they with each other.
In the classroom, we could make a list of things we believe in and see how many of us believe the same things and how many of us believe in different things. We could also discuss what we would feel like if things were still like they were for Rosa Parks.
I thought this book was very interesting. I learned new details about what went on during this time that i didn't know before.
We could have a lesson about laws, and how, years ago, a lot of the laws were not for the good of the people. I could have the children write laws that they would make if they were president.
Rosa is the story of how Rosa Parks took a stand for what she felt was right.
I feel this is a good book to share. It tells a powerful story about the struggle for equal rights. It shows the courage of those who fought, and died, for what the felt was right and fair.
provide-- magazines, scissors, paper, and glue
Discuss how people are different and how people are the same. Have children look through magazines, cut out pictures of things they like (food, activities, books, bikes, etc...)and glue the pictures to paper. Have children explain why they chose the things they like, and see if their classmates chose some of the same things.
(can then graph choices to extend activity)
Extension Activity: fingerprints
use ink pad and paper, provide magnifying glass to look at prints. Are they the same, different?
The illustrations are what make this book truly a work of art. Of course the story has been told a number of times but the art work brings a certain aspect to the story that is quite unique. I am enraged by this book. I find it hard to believe that we let segregation go on for so long in our country.
This would be a great book for children to learn about segregation. I would have the children break up into groups such as blued eyed vs brown eyed then set up rules that oppressed a certain group. Such as, the blued-eyed children have to use the bathroom or water fountain down the hall and that the two groups can not play or interact with one another. Remember to not let this go on too long for it might upset some of the children. Another thing I would do would have the children create posters that remind us that segregation is bad and the treating others fairly is good and is a tremendous part of our American society. These posters could be displayed to remind the students to treat each other fairly.
The book shows that justice can be achieved if one is willing to go the distance. Even though she started out by herself it shows you are never alone in your struggles.
This would be great in teaching children about social values. Another good lesson is for kids to know that although they may feel alone, theirs always people who will help you.
Personal Reaction: I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it reminded me about the history that brought America to where it is today, and if it weren’t for some of the people who stood up for what they believed in then who knows where America would be today. The book was sad, but then again it showed great strength in one women who was tired of the segregation and it made me happy to remember that we still have some great people in this world. Also, the illustrations were great. They showed great emotion of everybody around and I could really feel how the felt.
Extension: I would use this book during black history month. And also when learning about the Civil Rights movement.