Part of the "Graphic Library" series, this book is a wonderful introduction to Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights movement. Because the author provides a sequential and clear outline of the historical events of the time, the story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott is told in a meaningful and interesting way. The graphic novel is broken into four chapters, each one telling a specific part of Rosa Parks' story. Through the content presented, readers are introduced to important figures involved in the civil rights movement, racial segregation laws, significant dates and court decisions, important events in the civil rights movement, and the political and social climate of the time. Furthermore, the author shows the impact the Montgomery Bus Boycott had on the civil rights movement and tells about Rosa's life after the boycott. This book can be integrated into the classroom in many ways. It can serve as a way to introduce students to informational texts and to teach nonfiction reading strategies. It can also aid in building a student's background knowledge about the civil rights movement. The book includes a table of contents, a glossary, information about where to find more resources about Rosa Parks and the civil rights movement, a bibliography, and an index. The illustrations are vibrant and complement the text. The use of color in the illustrations adds character and atmosphere to the images being represented.
Connie Colwell Miller is a writer, editor, and teacher who lives and works in Mankato, Minnesota. She studied writing at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and went on to earn her Masters in Fine Arts in creative writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she won an award for her poetry manuscript. She has written over 25 books for kids and published parenting essays and poetry online and in journals around the country. She spends her free time goofing around with her husband and three young, highly spirited children.