Called "The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement," Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.
When she was arrested in December 1955, her act of civil disobedience sparked the year-long Mongomery bus boycott led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Across the city, African Americans refused to ride the public buses. This is considered the first large-scale US. demonstration against segregation.
From Rosa Parks' early life through her activism and eventual honors, this fully-illustrated biography helps children understand the background and context that led Rosa Parks to fight for civil rights.
Pura Belpré Honor-winning artist, Robert Casilla, gives life to history with his colorful paintings of Parks' story.
Back matter includes author's note and timeline of important dates.
For almost thirty years, David Adler’s Picture Book Biography series has profiled famous people who changed the world. Colorful, kid-friendly illustrations combine with Adler’s “expert mixtures of facts and personality” (Booklist) to introduce young readers to history through compelling biographies of presidents, heroes, inventors, explorers, and adventurers. These books are ideal for first and second graders interested in history or who need reliable sources for school book reports.
About the Author
David A. Adler is the author of many popular books for children, including biographies, math books, and Judaica. His strong interest in history and biography led to his bestselling Picture Book Biography series. He lives in New York State with his wife and family.
Robert Casilla is the illustrator of several titles in David A. Adler's Picture Book Biography series, with subjects that include Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Jesse Owens. He lives in Connecticut.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Rosa Parks was born and raised in Alabama. As Rosa grew up, discrimination was common. She began to read very young and began school at 6 years old. She married in 1931 to Raymond Parks and joined the NAACP in the 1940's. In 1955 Rosa paid her fare just as everyone else but when the whites got on the bus, Rosa was told to move to the back of the bus but she refused and was arrested. Soon after, all African Americans protested and refused to ride the public bus. A year later, the Supreme Court ruled that segregation on public buses was against the law. Rosa Parks has since been known as the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement."
The life of Rosa Parks is portrayed.The book would be useful in addition to other books about Rosa Parks, the Civil Rights Movement, and other influencial African Americans of her time.