Back of the Bus

Back of the Bus


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It seems like any other winter day in Montgomery, Alabama. Mama and child are riding where they're supposed to--way in the back of the bus. The boy passes the time by watching his marble roll up and down the aisle with the motion of the bus, until from way up front a big commotion breaks out. He can't see what's going on, but he can see the policeman arrive outside and he can see Mama's chin grow strong. "There you go, Rosa Parks," she says, "stirrin' up a nest of hornets. Tomorrow all this'll be forgot." But they both know differently.

With childlike words and powerful illustrations, Aaron Reynolds and Coretta Scott King medalist Floyd Cooper recount Rosa Parks' act of defiance through the eyes of a child--who will never forget.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780147510587
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 12/26/2013
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 204,094
Product dimensions: 10.30(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: AD590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

Aaron Reynolds is the author of the Caldecott Honor Medal-winning Creepy Carrots, illustrated by Peter Brown, which was also a New York Times bestseller. Among his other books for young readers are Chicks and Salsa; Nerdy Birdy; and the graphic novel Caveboy Dave. He lives in Illinois.

Floyd Cooper ( always dreamed of becoming an artist and has developed into a highly-acclaimed creator of books for young readers. Among the books he has either written & illustrated on his own or illustrated for others are Jump! (From the Life of Michael Jordan); Max and the Tag-Along Moon; The Blacker the Berry, for which he was awarded the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration; and I Have Heard of a Land, for which he received a Coretta Scott King Honor Award. Floyd lives in New Jersey with his family. Follow him on Twitter @floydcooper4 .

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Coupled with Cooper's rich paintings, this is a noteworthy reflection on the actions of a single individual in turning the tide of segregation."
School Library Journal

"Cooper's filmy oil paintings are characterized by a fine mistlike texture, which results in warm, lifelike portraits that convincingly evoke the era, the intense emotional pitch of this incident, and the everyday heroism it embodied."
Publishers Weekly

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Back of the Bus 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
katietwa08 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As readers journey back into the 50's, they meet a young boy, his mother, and a woman that changed the face of history with one simple yet daring move. This story recalls the event of the arrest of Mrs. Rosa Parks on the day that she refused to move from her seat near the front of a city bus. Told from a young boy's experience, this story is sure to capture audiences and provide a different perspective of a well-known event in history.
JTNguyen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about the experience of a young African-American boy on a bus before the Civil War. He witnessed Rosa Park's act of defiance that changed a nation. A very inspiring book.
RayJones63 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Back of the Bus is a book about a young man that is riding the bus the day Rosa Parks stages a sit in. The book follows how he is feeling before, during, and after the police arrest Mrs. Parks on the bus.
michelleraphael on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Back Of The Bus" is told from the perspective of a young boy. He is on the bus the day Rosa Parks got arrested. The story gives a different view then most of us are used to.