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A Picture Book of Rosa Parks (Picture Book Biographies) (edition 1995)

by David A. Adler, Robert Casilla (Illustrator)

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This book teaches children about the life of Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks grew up knowing that blacks and whites were not treated equal. She boycotted the unfair treatment, when one day she refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger, which she was arrested for. Rosa Parks is one of the most prominant people in history. ( )
  mgiffin | Apr 26, 2012 |
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This is a biography of Rosa Parks. The book tells about history of the civil rights movement along with the oppression, segregation and discrimination of African Americans in the 1900’s. This story tells about Rosa in her younger years with her family. She grows up in a segregated world but after she marries her husband, she becomes famous for taking a stand for the African American to help stop bad treatment of African Americans and earns her the title of “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.” There is a lot of facts about the movement. The pictures are very good but illustration of the Ku Klux Klan is a little scary for some younger students.
Summary:
African Americans were were not being treated equally. I am glad this book was not so emotional and just explained what Rosa Parks endured and how she changed the laws; In my opinion, I wish the author would not have talked about the Ku Klux Klan and their scary pictures. I understand that is how those people made African Americans feel, but I don’t think this is a good book because it could give children bad dreams, but if I were to use this in class I would use the following extensions.
Classroom Extensions
1. Discuss how America has changed for the better since then.
2. Talk about Booker T. Washington and Martin Luther King
3. Discuss the importance of understanding multiculturalism. ( )
  Rayma_Powers | Jul 18, 2015 |
This book is a picture book but its also a biography of the life of Rosa Parks. This would be good for the younger age groups to learn about Rosa Parks and it being on their level and it also includes the pictures to tell the story. ( )
  Kelsly93 | Apr 29, 2015 |
I think this book is a great introduction for young readers to learn about Rosa Parks and her contribution to civil rights. The book has a one to two small paragraphs on each page that provide enough information to understand the concepts, but are not overwhelming or graphic with the details. The story also has illustrations that the reader can refer to if he or she needs help understanding the text better. The illustrations are very detailed however, like the text, they are not graphic enough where the book is too scary. The pictures also give readers a good way to understand what is going on if there is a word the reader does not understand. The author writes about Rosa Park's arrest, which may be a difficult word for the students under the age of 10 to understand. The illustrator drew a picture of a police officer walking with Parks to a police car. The illustrations allow for the reader to connect the writing to the picture and understand what is being described. This is a good way for younger readers to learn new vocabulary, through connecting. ( )
  corzel1 | Mar 31, 2015 |
This book pertains to the life of Rosa Parks. A briefing of the beginning of her life and her accomplishments. Also, contains important dates of her life. ( )
  kdufrene | Mar 7, 2015 |
This book is about young Rosa Parks refusing to give her seat up to a white person on the bus. It takes place in the civil rights movement. Back then blacks and whites were separated from everything. In the bus, whites sat in the front and blacks sat in the back. I think this book is great to read to students' because you should always stand up for yourself and it shouldn't matter what color you are. ( )
  emilyann93 | Dec 2, 2014 |
This is a book about the life of Rosa Parks. In the story it explains in details the troubles she went through as a black woman. She went to jail for refusing to move seats while in the middle row. She is known as "Mother of Civil Rights Movement." This is a great book to have in the reading section of a classroom. ( )
  kfisher524 | Nov 30, 2014 |
Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913. Through Rosa's years growing up she experienced a lot of discrimination and segregation. She had to go to a different school, drink out of different water fountains, and sit in the back of the bus only if white folks weren't standing. As Rosa gets older, she gets weaker and wants to be treated like any other person. When she has to get out of her seat for a white man, she refuses. She said she paid the same price for the bus and she was there first and I completely agree with Rosa Parks here. She went to jail and this caused a boycott. Through this, Rosa Parks was part of the Civil Rights Movement with the help of others. ( )
  acreel | Oct 28, 2014 |
I think this book is a great introduction to Rosa Parks and her contribution to civil rights. The book has a couple of paragraphs on each page that provide enough information to understand the concepts, but they do not go into a lot of detail becoming overwhelming or graphic. The story also has illustrations that the reader can refer to to help understand the text better. The illustrations are very detailed, however, they are similar to the text because they are not graphic enough where the book is too scary. On the 5th page the author wrote "they wore white robes and covered their faces with pointy hoods...they burned crosses...African Americans." when describing the KKK. The illustrator drew two men in the uniforms and a burning Cross in the background which is what the book states, but the picture does not show anyone injured, attacked, or being "picked on." The book's pictures also give readers a good way to understand what is going on i the vocabulary is too advanced. On page 11, the author writes about Park's arrest which may be a difficult word for the students. The illustrator drew a picture of a police officer walking with Parks to a police car. The illustrations allows for the reader to learn what the academic vocabulary is in a new way. This is just enough information for young readers to learn about the past without getting overwhelmed or afraid. I would recommend using the text to introduce Rosa Parks and the civil rights movement. ( )
  amarcu4 | Oct 1, 2014 |
Summary:
This is a story about a young girl that lives during the segregation period. After growing up she gets on a bus and is told to get up and move out of her seat for the white people, she refuses and ends up getting arrested and found guilt of breaking the segregation law. Over years Rosa and other people began to boycott, which lasted more than a year. Rosa was deeply involved with the Cival Rights. Rosa Parks has been called the Mother of the Civil Rigts Movement. This is a very important story explaining how she stood up for her rights and how life used to be.

Personal Experience:
My neighbor is of a different race and her son and my son have been best friends for years. When they first started to hang out I had to explain to both of them that it was okay to be different.

Classroom Extensions:
1. I would have the students tell me of other things that were seperated back in that time.
2. After reading the story I would seperate the kids in class for a short minute and then have all of them come to the carpet and have disscussion about how the children must have felt along time ago in school. ( )
  shelby22 | Jul 15, 2014 |
Teaches a lot about segregation and Rosa Parks with fun and interesting facts without being an over load for younger students! Beautiful pictures again!!
  AyannaMagee | Apr 30, 2014 |
This is a great book to teach about our American history as well as how we treat and respect others.
  AMaffett | Apr 29, 2014 |
Audience: 3-5th grade
This is a biography about Rosa Parks that describes her struggle for equality and her perseverance. I will read this to my 3-5th graders in relation to the civil rights movement. ( )
  ShantiR | Mar 13, 2014 |
I've learned more information about Rosa Parks in this book. She was the great granddaughter of slaves. I also learned that her grandfather carried a shotgun to protect them from the Ku Klux Klan. Her school was open five months a year as opposed to the white school which was open nine months. The story is still the same, this one just gives a lot more details.
  lvalido | Oct 29, 2013 |
This book gives great detail on the life or Rosa Parks, it shows how she knew white and blacks were segregated and she stood up for what she believed which was equal rights when she did not want to give up her seat to a white person.

My personal reaction to this book is that it gives a great lesson for kids to learn that everyone should be created equal regardless of their skin color.

Extension ideas: this would be a great book to read during black history month and to elaborate on how it was very unequal back then and how things have changed. ( )
  Kelly.Jefferson | Oct 21, 2013 |
This beautifully illustrated book tells the reader about the story of Rosa Parks. It contains information and illustrations that allow the reader to gain an understanding of her story and the Civil Rights Movement. ( )
  Cfmichel | Apr 20, 2013 |
This is a wonderful book about the life of Rosa Parks, the first African American who refused to accept the Jim Crow laws which separated black and white people in buses, churches and other places. A must-read for everyone! ( )
  rgraf1 | Apr 17, 2013 |
This story about Mrs. Parks contains a lot of information about Mrs. Parks and the civil rights movement. However, in my opinion, I don't believe this book is appropriate for Kindergartners. ( )
  ashoemak | Jan 30, 2013 |
For many, the civil rights movement began with the arrest of Rosa parks, the courageous African American who demanded the simple right to be treated with dignity and equality. Her story of courage is told here in words and pictures.***SRC Quiz***
  law2110 | Jan 19, 2013 |
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." ( )
  taramankin | Apr 29, 2012 |
This book teaches children about the life of Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks grew up knowing that blacks and whites were not treated equal. She boycotted the unfair treatment, when one day she refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger, which she was arrested for. Rosa Parks is one of the most prominant people in history. ( )
  mgiffin | Apr 26, 2012 |
This is a factual book that teaches children about the life of Rosa Parks. The Illustrations are very artistic and detailed. The images help to bring the story to life. Each page contains a paragraph of information that teaches children about Rosa Parks and her struggles. The book brings the character to life and introduces children to an issue that is real. This book would be good for children in Kindergarten through fourth grade. This book would be good in a classroom to:
-read aloud to children
-teach children about non-fiction
-introduce difficult issues like racism with older children
-talk about how everyone is different
-start a unit about equality
-work with the illustrations that tell the story
  justkaye | Dec 3, 2011 |
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. ( )
  Jill.Barrington | Nov 4, 2011 |
a biography about rosa parks with illustrations very realistic and in pastels
  wynnd10 | Feb 18, 2009 |
This book is an informational book about the life of Rosa Parks. The illustrations in this book are very good, they are detailed and brightly done in oil pastels. The content of this book is about Rosa Parks life. She was born in Tuskegee, Alabama. She grows up knowing that blacks and whites were not treated equally. When she was old enough, she began boycotting this unfair treatment. She refused to give her bus seat to a white passenger and was arrested. She went down in history as one of the most prominant people during this time in history. The reading level for this book is around fourth or fifth grade. Some curricular connections could be history, civil rights movements, prominant women in history, Medal of Freedom, and Montgomery bus boycott.
  eakoepke | Jan 30, 2009 |
This book is informational because it is a biagraphy about the life of Rosa Parks. The art iused in this book is oil pastels. The content in this book was about the life of Rosa Parks and how she contributed to so much to the equal rights of blacks and whites. The bookis mainly about how Rosa Parks did not give up her seat on the Montgemery bus, which caused a lot of controversy but in the end it hepled with civil rights. Rosa Parks was awarded the United States Medal of Freedom, for every thing she did to help black rights. The reading level for this book is fourth or fifth grade. And the curricular connection is history because it was about the civil rights of blacks and the life of Rosa Parks.
  meallen1 | Jan 30, 2009 |
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