Who Was Rosa Parks?

by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Other authorsStephen Marchesi (Illustrator), Who HQ (Author)
Paperback, 2010


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J 92 PA


Penguin Workshop (2010), Edition: Illustrated, 112 pages


In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. This seemingly small act triggered civil rights protests across America and earned Rosa Parks the title "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement."

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LibraryThing member Ronneisha
Rosa Parks was a great woman who stood up for her rights. She was determined to stop segregatio no matter what she had to go through. She is honored for all she's done to help fight against segregation.
LibraryThing member natalie.loy
This is the story about Rosa Park's life from growing up, to refusing to give up her seat on a city bus. The story highlights Rosa's role in the Civil Rights Movement and her contribution to the shaping of America from the 1940's through the 1960's.
LibraryThing member hfetty1
Overall, I believe this book was good. It told honest and relevant information about Rosa Parks' life as well as some eye opening things to read about. I believe that the illustrations were a great asset to this book. For example, on pages 76-77, there is a drawn illustration of African Americans
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taking part in the Montgomery Bus Boycotting. Many students may not have familiarity with what a "boycott" is, so providing a visual picture for students to imagine the event described definitely helps with developing those types of ideas. I think for the targeted audience, the language appropriateness was fine, for the most part. Some of the information was a little brutal, but at the same time, this WAS the type of world that Rosa was living in during these times. Specifically on page 7, I could tell that the author attempted, in the best way possible, to light-heartedly touch upon the Ku Klux Klan. While this is an important historical group that students should eventually learn about and learn about their wrong doings, I think that incorporating that information wasn't necessarily information that NEEDED to be mentioned. - Especially because the book's targeted age is as young as 7 years old. Rosa Parks was an incredibly courageous woman and fought hard for what she believed in. The main idea of this book I would say is despite the challenges that are put in front of you, listen to your heart to do the right thing and make better with what you can of issues at hand.
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LibraryThing member mcortner15
This book is a great children's biography because it teaches children about the touching story of Rosa Parks. It provides black-and-white illustrations throughout to emphasize the segregation that was taking place during this time period. Rosa Parks had a huge impact on American history so it is
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important that children are informed about what she did and why she did it. This story makes it easier for children to understand this heavy topic and the illustrations help the children make connections with how the characters are feeling.
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112 p.; 7.63 inches


0448454424 / 9780448454429




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