If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks

If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks

by Faith Ringgold

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Overview

If a bus could talk, it would tell the story of a young African-American girl named Rosa who had to walk miles to her one-room schoolhouse in Alabama while white children rode to their school in a bus. It would tell how the adult Rosa rode to and from work on a segregated city bus and couldn't sit in the same row as a white person. It would tell of the fateful day when Rosa refused to give up her seat to a white man and how that act of courage inspired others around the world to stand up for freedom.
In this book a bus does talk, and on her way to school a girl named Marcie learns why Rosa Parks is the mother of the Civil Rights movement. At the end of Marcie's magical ride, she meets Rosa Parks herself at a birthday party with several distinguished guests. Wait until she tells her class about this!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689856761
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 01/01/2003
Series: Reading Rainbow Books
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 240,898
Product dimensions: 11.75(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

Faith Ringgold grew up in Harlem, has a master's degree in education, and has taught art in New York City public schools. Deeply influenced by the Black Power movement, Faith developed an art style based on her African-American heritage. She created a series of narrative quilts about the lives of black women, one of which inspired her first picture book, Tar Beach, winner of a Caldecott Honor Award and a Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration. She went on to publish several more acclaimed picture books, including Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky and My Dream of Martin Luther King. Of this book she says, "If that bus Rosa Parks was on could tell us what happened, its story would be better than anyone's. It was wonderful to write something children could accept. They are ready to imagine and have open dreams, like Rosa, who must have had a dream in order to stretch herself." Faith Ringgold divides her time between New Jersey and Southern California.

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If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MsLangdon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Part E BiographyRinggold, F. (1999). If a bus could talk: the story of Rosa Parks. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.Marcie hops onto a bus that doesn¿t look like her regular school bus. Once on, she realizes that there is no driver and the bus is talking. It recounts the life story Rosa Parks from her childhood to her fight for Civil Rights. Marcie learns about the segregation laws and about the Alabama Bus Boycott. By the end of the bus ride she knows why Rosa Parks was so important and why she is regarded as an important factor in the Civil Rights movement. Ringgold offers a story that shows the importance of equality and human rights. It documents the life of Rosa Parks in a picture book. Ages 7-10.
Warnerp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
NAACP Image Award Nominee. Every page contains colorful illustrations to enhance the story. The little girl and Rosa also sing a song together: ¿O Freedom Over Me.¿
taramankin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A strange-looking/talking bus picks up a young girl named Marcie. During her bus ride, the bus tells the story Rosa Parks. It gives childhood history about Rosa Parks' all the way through her adult life and the events to lead up the the Civil Rights movement. This would be a good book to introduce segregation and Civil Rights to children.
Jingjing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Historical fiction This is a good historical fiction. Through the eyes of a little girl, the reader finds out the story of Rosa Parks. Media; PaintAge: Primary / Intermediate
medebrielle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If A Bus Could Talk by Faith Ringgold is a good civil rights book. It tells the story of Rosa Parks and how she was forced to ride in the back of the bus. It talks about how white people were allowed to ride the school bus to school and she had to walk miles and miles to get there. It tells Rosa¿s story of when she refused to give up her seat for a white person. This book is a good way to teach younger students about the issues African Americans faced during the Civil Rights Movement.
sharmon05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The genre of this book is two-fold. Since the bus is the actually person narrating this story that makes this book a good example of a fantasy, since that cannot happen. Furthermore, the book is also a good example of a biography, because it tells the life story of Rosa Parks. The illustrations in this book are also very good. They add a lot to the story by giving the reader images about the setting and characters. The illustrations are also painted on canvas, which can be seen through the paint and gives the illustrations great texture.
tg172415 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If A Bus Could Talk by Faith Ringgold is a good civil rights book. It tells the story of Rosa Parks and how she was forced to ride in the back of the bus. It talks about how white people were allowed to ride the school bus to school and she had to walk miles and miles to get there. Faith Ringgold uses literary elements to tell an historical story firsthand. The idea of a girl boarding a talking bus, the actual bus that transported Rosa Parks is engaging and exciting.After reading, we would have a discussion... 1)What if you could travel back in time? How would you feel? 2)What could you learn?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago