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Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds
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Back of the Bus (edition 2013)

by Aaron Reynolds (Author), Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)

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Member:jjuneau
Title:Back of the Bus
Authors:Aaron Reynolds (Author)
Other authors:Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
Info:Puffin Books (2013), Edition: Reprint, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:easy, diversity, race, grade 1-3

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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 |
The book was pretty enjoyable to read, having so much knowledge already of this historical event. Obviously, this book describes the stand Rosa Parks takes against segregation. We see the perspective of a child on the bus who has seen the event take place. It is refreshing to see the story like this rather than just being thrown the information about the event. It is much better this what for kids to relate if they can put see threw a characters eyes. ( )
  JasonCam1 | Mar 24, 2018 |
Back of the Bus Is the story of Rosa Parks told from the perspective of a child. The boy and his mom ride on the back of the bus every day. On December 1, 1955 they load the back of the bus like they do everyday. The boy plays with his marble and the movement from the bus rolls it forward to the front. Ms. Rosa picks it up and smiles at him and rolls it back, it seems like a normal day until the bus fills up with people. Then the commotion starts, Ms. Rosa's eyes are "fierce like she belongs up there." The police eventually come and arrest Ms. Parks for not giving her seat up to a white rider. Rosa started a movement to change the rights for African American's and her act of bravery even influenced the young boy. The boy says "don't know why, but instead of feelin' all shaky, I feel a little strong." My family loved this book we discussed standing up for what is right even if you get in trouble. My daughter said that she wanted to be a "fierce" women like Rosa Parks. ( )
  SarahTrenticosta | Feb 18, 2018 |
During the time of Mrs. Rosa Parks, a young boy and his ma were inspired by Mrs. Parks perseverance of standing up for her rights. The back of the bus was the place for African Americans during the year of 1955 in Montgomery Alabama. This young boy sat in the back of the bus while Mrs. Rosa Parks was taken to jail for not moving for a white man. Finally, by the end of the story the boy and his ma had an extra boost of confidence from watching Mrs. Rosa Parks fend for her rights.

One major part of the plot that stood out to me was the marble. This marble had a huge symbolic representation of the freedom the young boy deserved. When the marble rolled back to him from Mrs. Parks in the bus, I felt the turn of the story from him being afraid of the back of the bus to him becoming confident in his belief that he should be able to sit anywhere, not just in the back. This marble symbolized the young boys freedom. When he held it up in the air at the conclusion of the book he knew he did not have to hide this marble or hide his culture anymore. Finally, he was not afraid to move out of the back of the bus. ( )
  cbattistella19 | Feb 16, 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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