Sunday, July 6, 2014

Summer Reading 2014 I Am Rosa Parks


This is one of the titles in the series, Ordinary People Change the World. It is told in a graphic novel style with Rosa as the narrator. She talks about how her family taught her to respect herself and how she stood up for herself even as a child. She also explains how different life was back then with segregated schools, "white only" water fountains and elevators, separate seating on the buses, etc. And then she tells the story of that famous day on the bus when she was arrested for not giving up her seat and the Montgomery Bus Boycott that lasted for over a year. 

One of the pages I particularly like shows a museum display of the "Rosa Parks bus" and Rosa wearing a Congressional Gold Medal. There are also several photos of Rosa after the story. This is a retelling of important Civil Rights events that is easy for even young elementary school students to relate to and understand. I would like to have the rest of the series in our school's library.

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