Rosa Parksby Eloise Greenfield, Gil Ashby (Illustrator)
Moment of TruthWhen Rosa Parks was growing up in Montgomery, Alabama, she hated the unfair rules that black people had to live by like drinking out of special water fountains and riding in the back of the bus. Years later, Rosa Parks changed the lives of African American in Montgomery and all across America with one courageous act.
On a December evening in 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. She was arrested and put in jail. But Rosa Parks fought back, along with many other African Americans. After a long struggle, their heroic efforts launched the modern Civil Rights Movement. How could one quiet, gentle woman have started it all? This is her story.
Author Biography: Eloise Greenfield is a poet and the author of over thirty books for children, including Africa Dream, a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, and Honey, I Love. She lives in Washington, D.C.
- HarperCollins Publishers
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- Newly Illustrated Edition
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- 5.37(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.42(d)
- Age Range:
- 6 - 9 Years
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Rosa was not afraid, although the white boy was near his mother. When he pushed her, Rosa pushed him back.
"Why did you put your hands on my child?" the mother asked.
"Because he pushed me," Rosa said.
"Don't you know that I could have you put in jail?" the mother asked.
Rosa answered, I don't want to be pushed by your son or anyone else."
And she walked on.
That was in Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, where Rosa lived. She was a child then, and not many people knew her. But after she grew up, everyone in Montgomery and people all over the United States and, the world would know about Rosa Parks.Rosa Parks. Copyright © by Eloise Greenfield. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
Meet the Author
Eloise Greenfield is the author of an illustrious list of books for young people, including The Friendly Four, a Texas 2x2 Reading List book; In the Land of Words, an NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts; and How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea, winner of a Bank Street Children's Book Award—all illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. She is a recipient of the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award; the Coretta Scott King Author Award; the Award of Excellence from the Washington, D.C., branch of the National Writing Project; the Milner Award; the Hope S. Dean Award from the Foundation for Children's Literature; and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Ms. Greenfield lives in Washington, D.C.
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