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Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds

Back of the Bus

by Aaron Reynolds

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Everyone knows the story of Rosa Parks, she opened the doors for African American standing up for themselves and fighting for equality. It was interesting to see her story through the eyes of a young boy. He was a witness of how Rosa Parks was treated and how she was arrested for standing up for what she believed in. He did not fully understand what was happening but the reader could see that Rosa Parks was being treated unfairly. I loved when the boy said, "Mrs. Parks... she don't belong up front like that... but she's sittin right there... like maybe she does belong up there. And I start thinkin' maybe she does too". He too started to realize that whites and blacks were supposed to be equal and everyone should be treated with respect. ( )
  dmesquivel | Feb 25, 2019 |
A young boy and his mama are riding at the back of the bus, and it is 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama. The little boy is just playing with his marble, watching it roll back and forth. One of the passengers refuses to get up out of her seat when told to. It is Mrs. Parks, and the bus driver pulls over and waits till the police show up. Mrs. Parks refuses to give up her seat so the police man takes her away in handcuffs. The little boy ask his mama if they are in trouble, but she tells him no it will all disappear tomorrow. The little boy sees how his mama is holding her chin up high, and it makes his chin feel high and tightly as well. This book is about Rosa Parks being taken off of the bus, but from the perspective of a little boy who was on the bus. It shows an example of racism in history, and how unfairly people of color were treated. A theme that stands out in the book is one of racism and we, as readers, get to see it from the perspective of a little boy. ( )
  oleger | Feb 18, 2019 |
This is a great book for the reader to get an understanding of other people's reactions to the historical event of what Rosa Parks started. The illustrations catches the readers attention with the deep color and visuals that the readers sees. Understanding the prospective from the other people, especially a child, on the bus will help the reader feel like they are in the bus, experiencing this historical event for themselves. ( )
  etranchant | Oct 27, 2018 |
December 1, 1955 in the city of Montgomery, Alabama; a story of Rosa Parks from the perspective of the young boy in the back of the bus, and how she gave the African-American community strength with her action of not moving from her seat. At the end of the story, the mother had "Mrs. Parks' lightnin'-storm eyes now.", and the boy said, "But instead of feelin' all shaky, I feel a little strong. Like Mama's chin". The action of Rosa Parks' was bold and was one of the actions that helped spark the Civil Rights movement. This book can be used to incorporate ELA with a history lesson on The Civil Rights Movement, or it can be used simply for an entertaining, informative read aloud. This book is well written and illustrated, and I did find this book enjoyable. ( )
  NChiek | Sep 3, 2018 |
Review: This story is about a child who gets on a bus and sits way in the back as they live in Montgomery Alabama. As he plays with his marble on the bus he finds that the bus slams to a stop with loud voices going on. They sit as the bus driver calls the police as Mrs. Parks refuses to move to the back. At the end Rosa Parks gets arrested but a fire is set in the little boy and his mama as they get off the bus.
  kjordaan16 | Apr 11, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399250913, Hardcover)

It seems like any other winter day in Montgomery, Alabama. Mama and child are riding where they're supposed to - way in the back of the bus. The boy passes the time by watching his marble roll up and down the aisle with the motion of the bus, until from way up front a big commotion breaks out. He can't see what's going on, but he can see the policeman arrive outside and he can see Mama's chin grow strong. "There you go, Rosa Parks," she says, "stirrin' up a nest of hornets. Tomorrow all this'll be forgot." But they both know differently.

With childlike words and powerful illustrations, Aaron Reynolds and Coretta Scott King medalist Floyd Cooper recount Rosa Parks' act of defiance through the eyes of a child - who will never forget.

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From the back of the bus, an African American child watches the arrest of Rosa Parks.

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