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Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a…

Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation

by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Other authors: Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)

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This book is about the boycott of busses after Rosa Parks was arrested for not allowing a white man to take her seat. The author considered Jim Crow laws as a bird and after the black community refused to ride busses there was change. For 382 days, they walked and rode bikes instead. This book would be a great way to start discussing boycotting during the Civil Rights Movement. ( )
  JazHall123 | Apr 22, 2019 |
This depiction of Rosa Parks' arrest was very interesting, to say the least. They have illustrated Jim Crow to be this dark entity that looms over everyone takes part in the racist system of segregation. The overall illustration uses colors to express tones, that really grabs the kids attention. This book also does a great job of helping kids build their foreshadowing skills because of the style of art. ( )
  JonahWilliams | Feb 20, 2019 |
Boycott Blues by Andrea Davis Pinkley is a historical fiction children’s book inspired by Rosa Park’s boycott movement in 1955. The story is told from a dog singing the blue's perspective which is oppressed by an evil bird spirt also known as Jim Crow. You can see the evil bird's presence lurking around every page of the story, and the book refers to the bird’s “peck, peck, peck” when he is near or causing trouble. I really liked the metaphors of “Dog tired,” presented at the beginning of the story. At first, I wasn’t sure of what the author was saying, but once I got to the boycott part of the story where everyone on strike was so tired from walking, it made perfect sense. Although this was not my favorite style story, just because the stories use of language was unclear, I did appreciate the illustrations because the artist chose to use the “blues” colors of deep blue and black, which helped convey the oppressive tone of the story. ( )
  agreenwald | Jan 28, 2019 |
Read for assignment
  mikeswanson | Jun 1, 2017 |
Grades: K-3
Theme: All people are created equal.
  creykellums | Apr 6, 2016 |
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This story begins with shoes.
This story is all for true.
This story walks. And walks. And walks.
To the blues.

Rosa Parks took a stand by keeping her seat on the bus. When she was arrested for it, her supporters protested by refusing to ride. Soon a community of thousands was coming together to help one another get where they needed to go. Some started taxis, some rode bikes, but they all walked and walked.

With dogged feet. With dog-tired feet. With boycott feet. With boycott blues.

And, after 382 days of walking, they walked Jim Crow right out of town. . . .

Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney present a poignant, blues-infused tribute to the men and women of the Montgomery bus boycott, who refused to give up until they got justice.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:41 -0400)

Illustrations and rhythmic text recall the December, 1955, bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama.

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