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Children's LiteratureThis biography introduces the civil rights pioneer and the situations that led her to refuse to give up her bus seat to a white man. Her action led to the Montgomery bus boycott which convinced the US Supreme Court to end segregation laws on buses. In addition, it points out Parks' legacy to civil rights. The selection of mostly black and white photos features none from Parks' early life but substitutes photos from the era. Parks is pictured in her adult years. Photos set against colorful text pages are fully-captioned and lend authority to the text and a "Fast Facts" section gives readers vital statistics and education. The text ends with a timeline, glossary, internet sites, further reading, and an index. This title, like the others in the "Fact Finders" biography series, features carefully-controlled vocabulary, short and direct sentences, photos that match the text to aid in comprehension, and an uncomplicated design. 2005, Capstone Press, Ages 7 to 10.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.