Children's LiteratureThis book in the "Early Biography" series delves into the life of civil rights figure Rosa Parks. Chapter one, "Wanting Americans to Change," explains how black Americans were not treated equally when Rosa was a child. Chapter two, "Born into an Unfair World," describes how black and white Americans were segregated and describes Rosa's family. Chapter three, "Segregation," describes Rosa's day-to-day life in a segregated world, including her schooling at the Montgomery Industrial School for Negro Girls. Chapter four, "Fighting Segregation," explains why Rosa and other black people began to fight the segregation laws. Chapter five, "Rosa Takes Action," describes how Rosa refused to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man and was arrested as a result. Chapter six, "The Bus Boycott," explains how the other black people in the community quit riding the buses to protest the treatment of Rosa and eventually the Supreme Court changed the law. Chapter seven, "An American Hero," describes the effect Rosa's action had on her personal life as well as starting the civil rights movement. Numerous photographs, maps, a timeline, and a glossary make this book an engaging biography. 2005, Compass Point Books, Ages 8 up.
Amie Rose Rotruck