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If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks

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If a bus could talk, it would tell the story of a young African-American girl named Rosa who had to walk miles to her one-room schoolhouse in Alabama while white children rode to their school in a bus. It would tell how the adult Rosa rode to and from work on a segregated city bus and couldn't sit in the same row as a white person. It would tell of the fateful day when Rosa refused to give up her seat to a white man and how that act of courage inspired others around the world to stand up for freedom.

In this book a bus does talk, and on her way to school a girl named Marcie learns why Rosa Parks is the mother of the Civil Rights movement. At the end of Marcie's magical ride, she meets Rosa Parks herself at a birthday party with several distinguished guests. Wait until she tells her class about this!

Synopsis:

Colorful illustrations by Caldecott Honor winner Ringgold highlight this biography of Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, is a well-remembered event in the history of the civil rights movement.

Synopsis:

From the viewpoint of a bus, Ringgold's touching, vibrant illustrations and gentle prose tell the story of Rosa Parks, an elderly black woman in Montgomery, Alabama, who refused to give up her bus seat to a white man and encouraged others to stand up for freedom. Full-color illustrations.

Synopsis:

Who better than a bus could tell the story of young African-American Rosa McCauley, who had to walk miles to her one-room schoolhouse in Alabama while white children rode to their school in a bus? Who better than a bus could relate how white bus drivers like James Blake used to make black passengers pay their fares, then step off again and reenter through the rear door? That same James Blake was the driver who, one fateful day, ordered Rosa Parks to give up her seat to a white man. Rosa remained seated, inspiring others around the world to stand up for freedom.

In this refreshingly original biography, a little girl named Marcie learns why Rosa is the mother of the Civil Rights movement and celebrates her birthday with her on a talking bus.

About the Author

Faith Ringgold grew up in Harlem, has a master's degree in education, and has taught art in New York City public schools. Deeply influenced by the Black Power movement, Faith developed an art style based on her African-American heritage. She created a series of narrative quilts about the lives of black women, one of which inspired her first picture book, Tar Beach, winner of a Caldecott Honor Award and a Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration. She went on to publish several more acclaimed picture books, including Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky and My Dream of Martin Luther King. Of this book she says, "If that bus Rosa Parks was on could tell us what happened, its story would be better than anyone's. It was wonderful to write something children could accept. They are ready to imagine and have open dreams, like Rosa, who must have had a dream in order to stretch herself." Faith Ringgold divides her time between New Jersey and Southern California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780689818929
Author:
Ringgold, Faith
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - People of Color
Subject:
History - United States/20th Century
Subject:
Civil rights workers
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Biography / Autobiography
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Social Activists
Subject:
Alabama
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Montgomery (ala.)
Subject:
Segregation in transportation
Subject:
Montgomery
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Cultural Heritage
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
B221
Publication Date:
November 1999
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
10 x 11.75 in 18.48 oz
Age Level:
5-8

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Product details 32 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780689818929 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Colorful illustrations by Caldecott Honor winner Ringgold highlight this biography of Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, is a well-remembered event in the history of the civil rights movement.
"Synopsis" by , From the viewpoint of a bus, Ringgold's touching, vibrant illustrations and gentle prose tell the story of Rosa Parks, an elderly black woman in Montgomery, Alabama, who refused to give up her bus seat to a white man and encouraged others to stand up for freedom. Full-color illustrations.
"Synopsis" by , Who better than a bus could tell the story of young African-American Rosa McCauley, who had to walk miles to her one-room schoolhouse in Alabama while white children rode to their school in a bus? Who better than a bus could relate how white bus drivers like James Blake used to make black passengers pay their fares, then step off again and reenter through the rear door? That same James Blake was the driver who, one fateful day, ordered Rosa Parks to give up her seat to a white man. Rosa remained seated, inspiring others around the world to stand up for freedom.

In this refreshingly original biography, a little girl named Marcie learns why Rosa is the mother of the Civil Rights movement and celebrates her birthday with her on a talking bus.

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