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Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation


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ISBN13: 9780060821180
ISBN10: 0060821183
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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.


The acclaimed husband-and-wife team focuses on the human elements of the Montgomery bus boycott following the 1955 arrest of Rosa Parks: the struggle to keep walking as the seasons changed, the crowded city streets, and the gathering numbers of the determined boycotters.

About the Author

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the author of many acclaimed picture books and young adult novels. She received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award for Let It Shine. Her collaborations with her husband, Brian Pinkney, include Peggony-Po; Sleeping Cutie; Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa; Dear Benjamin Banneker; and the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra. She is a children's book editor at a major publishing company. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Brian Pinkney has illustrated numerous books for children, including two Caldecott Honor books, The Faithful Friend, by Robert D. San Souci, and Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra, by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Mr. Pinkney's own books include Hush, Little Baby; Cosmo and the Robot; Max Found Two Sticks; JoJo's Flying Side Kick; and The Adventures of Sparrowboy, winner of the 1997 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Brian Pinkney has received the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration and three Coretta Scott King Honor Awards. He lives with his wife, Andrea, and their children in Brooklyn, New York.

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inkspotswis, July 20, 2009 (view all comments by inkspotswis)

If children are to take an interest in history it has to be offered to them in an interesting way.

In “Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation,” author Andrea Davis Pinkney hits the right note, literally, with the story of Rosa Parks told by a blues guitar-strumming hound dog.

An image of the dog is set into most of the pages, but blending into the background so sometimes you have to search for it. What the dog offers, more than a visual, is a great blues-like poetic cadence that will draw young listeners in. Once engaged they’ll learn about how exhausted seamstress Rosa Parks was arrested in 1955 after ignoring a bus driver’s demand that she give up her seat to a white man. They’ll learn how that ignited a year-long boycott of bus riders in Montgomery, Ala., with blacks joined by many whites. And they’ll learn about how the situation ignited the Civil Rights Movement. The depiction of Jim Crow laws as a pesky scarecrow, that pecked at Parks and others African Americans until the Supreme Court declared segregation illegal in 1956, is also wonderfully child-friendly. Ultimately, Pinkney writes, the crow’s “bony wings began to ache” and he flew away.

Brian Pinkney’s swirling ink drawings lend an uncertain, city night feel to the evening Parks is arrested. There are black storm cloud-like swirls in the sky as the boycott stretches on. But those shift to brighter shades of orange, green, teal and morning blue with pale yellow sunlight streaks as the fight turns the boycotters’ way. A wonderfully creative take on an important moment in history.

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How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation
Pinkney, Andrea Davi
Pinkney, Brian
by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney
Pinkney, Brian
Pinkney, Andrea Davis
Greenwillow Books
Race relations
People & Places - United States - African-American
Historical - United States - 20th Century
African Americans
General Juvenile Nonfiction
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from K up to 3
11.86x9.70x.42 in. 1.07 lbs.
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:

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