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Rosa's Bus: The Ride to Civil Rights

Rosa's Bus: The Ride to Civil Rights

by Jo S. Kittinger, Steven Walker
     
 

The story of the bus--and the passengers who changed history. Like all buses in Montgomery, Alabama, in the 1950s, bus #2857 was segregated: white passengers sat in the front and black passengers sat in the back. Bus #2857 was an ordinary public bus until a woman named Rosa Parks, who had just put in a long day as a seamstress, refused to give up her seat to a

Overview


The story of the bus--and the passengers who changed history. Like all buses in Montgomery, Alabama, in the 1950s, bus #2857 was segregated: white passengers sat in the front and black passengers sat in the back. Bus #2857 was an ordinary public bus until a woman named Rosa Parks, who had just put in a long day as a seamstress, refused to give up her seat to a white passenger. Her arrest sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a major event in the Civil Rights moment, led by a young minister named Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For 382 days, black passengers chose to walk rather than ride the buses in Montgomery. From the streets of Montgomery to its present home in the Henry Ford Museum, here is the remarkable story, a recipient of the Crystal Kite Award, of a bus and the passengers who changed history.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cheryl Williams Chang
Bus #2857 was born in 1948, in a Michigan factory. It then moved to Indiana where it carried passengers for six years before moving to Montgomery, Alabama. Alabama had segregation laws that, among other things, required black bus passengers to ride behind white passengers in the "colored" section. Life for Bus #2857 would have remained ordinary and quiet, but on December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks entered the bus, and its life forever changed. At first, Rosa sat in the back of bus #2857 with the other black passengers. Then, the front of the bus filled with white people. One white man was left standing. The bus driver motioned for Rosa and three other black passengers in her row to stand up so the white man could sit down. Everyone else complied, but Rosa remained sitting. The bus driver could not get Rosa to move, so he called the police. They arrested Rosa, and put her in jail. Bus #2857 was now the center of something extraordinary—the Civil Rights Movement. The story continues to explain what happens to this special bus as time passes, ultimately ending with its display at the Henry Ford Museum. The illustrations are lacking in bright colors and sharp details; however, this children's book is an interesting read. Its simple, straightforward approach makes the complicated subject of civil rights easier to understand. The presentation of the bus as a main character will help maintain children's interest. This book will be perfect for a history and/or social studies classes in an elementary school. Reviewer: Cheryl Williams Chang
School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—Unlike Faith Ringgold's If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks (S & S, 1999), Rosa's Bus is a factual history in picture-book format of Bus #2837 itself and its role in the larger Civil Rights Movement. No fantasy elements are present. The story starts with the bus rolling off the factory assembly line in 1948 and ends with the restored vehicle becoming an exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan. After a few scenes showing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., explaining the protest, the empty bus rolls by with walkers shown through its windows. The solid, heavy lines of Walker's oil paintings match the massive quality of the bus. The saturated colors convey strength and determination. Some prior knowledge is assumed because words such as boycott and Jim Crow are not explained in the text. Although there are already several high-quality picture books about Dr. King and Rosa Parks, this distinctive work is an excellent addition.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
Kirkus Reviews

The story of Rosa Parks's historic 1955 bus ride has been told many times. In an odd but intriguing perspective, this book tells the tale of the bus itself, as a symbol of the Jim Crow South. Originally riding the streets of Terre Haute, Ind., bus #2857 did not get its painted sign separating white people from their "colored" neighbors until it arrived in Montgomery. For young readers, that time and place and "the way things were" may seem like ancient history. Kittinger carefully describes the system by which African Americans had to obey the dictates that controlled every aspect of their lives, especially the complicated rules of public transportation. Employing direct, accessible, relentless language arranged in free-verse stanzas, the author brings to life the drama of Parks's act (neither busting myths nor exploiting them) and the events it sparked. Walker's double-page, large-scale oils evoke the emotions of a determined people and perfectly complement the text. The author's note contextualizes the boycott and names Claudette Colvin and Mary Louise Smith as Parks's forerunners. Powerful. (sources) (Informational picture book. 6-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590787229
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
606,865
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
AD840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author


Jo S. Kittinger is the author of more than a dozen books, both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

Steven Walker
is an illustrator whose numerous clients include Highlights for Children and the Boy Scouts of America. He lives in Westerville, Virginia.

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