Rosa’s Bus by Jo S. Kittinger, illustrated by Steve Walker

Rosa’s Bus

The Ride to Civil Rights

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ISBN: 9781635924985

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Published by (2020-10-20)

Here is the remarkable story of Bus #2857 and its passengers, including Rosa Parks, who changed history in Montgomery, Alabama, in December 1955. 

Like all buses in Montgomery, Alabama in the 1950s, bus #2857 was segregated: white passengers sat in the front, and Black passengers sat in the back. Bus #2857 was ordinary -- until a woman named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger. Her arrest sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a major event in the Civil Rights moment, which was led by a young minister named Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For 382 days, Black passengers chose to walk rather than ride the buses in Montgomery. This picture book is told from the point of view of the bus, telling its story from the streets where it rode, to its present home in the Henry Ford Museum.

Book Details

Format: eBook
Price: 10.99 CAD / 7.99 USD
Published: 2020-10-20
ISBN: 9781635924985
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Page Count: 40
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"Employing direct, accessible, relentless language arranged in free-verse stanzas, the author brings to life the drama of Parks's act (neither busting myths nor exploiting them) and the events it sparked. Walker's double-page, large-scale oils evoke the emotions of a determined people and perfectly complement the text. The author's note contextualizes the boycott and names Claudette Colvin and Mary Louise Smith as Parks's forerunners. Powerful." —Kirkus Reviews

"An inventive approach... kids will connect with the unsentimental, contemporary message: 'Imagine where it has been / and where we have yet to go.'" —Booklist

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