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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.
- ISBN-13: 9780399250910
- ISBN-10: 0399250913
- Publisher: Philomel Books
- Publish Date: January 2010
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 6-8
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Historical - United States - 20th Century
Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - United States - African-American
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Issues - Prejudice & RacismPublishers Weekly Reviews
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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 48.
- Review Date: 2009-12-07
- Reviewer: Staff
This sterling collaboration views Rosa Parks's 1955 refusal to give up her bus seat through the eyes of a perceptive boy seated with his mother in the rear of the bus. Early on, the child rolls a treasured marble up the aisle and Parks good-naturedly shoots it back to him. He tucks the marble safely away when the bus fills with passengers and he senses trouble up front: “Some folks look back, givin' us angry eyes. 'We do somethin' wrong, Mama?' I say all soft.” Reynolds's (Superhero School) lyrical yet forceful text conveys the narrator's apprehension and Parks's calm resolve, which inspires the boy. “[S]he's sittin' right there, her eyes all fierce like a lightnin' storm, like maybe she does belong up there. And I start thinkin' maybe she does too.” Cooper's (Willie and the All-Stars) filmy oil paintings are characterized by a fine mistlike texture, which results in warm, lifelike portraits that convincingly evoke the era, the intense emotional pitch of this incident, and the everyday heroism it embodied. Ages 6–8. (Jan.)