Rosa

by Giovanni, Nikki.

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Juvenile Juv 92 PARKS Rosa
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
 
Collection  Juvenile
 
Call Number  Juv 92 PARKS Rosa
 
 
Plum Community Library Juvenile Non-Fiction J 92 PAR
Location  Plum Community Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Non-Fiction
 
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Summary
She had not sought this moment but she was ready for it. When the policeman bent down to ask "Auntie, are you going to move?" all the strength of all the people through all those many years joined in her. She said, "No." An inspiring account of an event that shaped American history. Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus, Mrs. Rosa Parks is still one of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement. This picture- book tribute to Mrs. Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed. Award-winning poet, writer, and activist Nikki Giovanni's evocative text combines with Bryan Collier's striking cut-paper images to retell the story of this historic event from a wholly unique and original perspective. Rosa is a 2006 Caldecott Honor Book and the winner of the 2006 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 3-5. Far from the cliche of Rosa Parks as the tired little seamstress, this beautiful picture-book biography shows her as a strong woman, happy at home and at work, and politically aware (not tired from work, but tired of . . . eating at separate lunch counters and learning at separate schools ). Her refusal to give up her seat on a bus inspires her friend Jo Ann Robinson, president of the Women's Political Council, and the 25 council members to make posters calling for the bus boycott, and they organize a mass meeting where the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. speaks for them. Paired very effectively with Giovanni's passionate, direct words, Collier's large watercolor-and-collage illustrations depict Parks as an inspiring force that radiates golden light, and also as part of a dynamic activist community. In the unforgettable close-up that was used for the cover, Parks sits quietly waiting for the police as a white bus driver demands that she give up her seat. In contrast, the final picture opens out to four pages showing women, men, and children marching for equal rights at the bus boycott and in the years of struggle yet to come. The history comes clear in the astonishing combination of the personal and the political. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2005 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Giovanni (The Sun Is So Quiet) and Collier (Uptown) offer a moving interpretation of Rosa Parks's momentous refusal to give up her bus seat. The author brings her heroine very much to life as she convincingly imagines Parks's thoughts and words while she rode the bus on December 1, 1955 ("She was not frightened. She was not going to give in to that which was wrong"), pointing out that Mrs. Parks was in the neutral section of the bus and (as some fellow riders observe) "She had a right to be there." The author and poet lyrically rephrases what the heroine herself has frequently said, "She had not sought this moment, but she was ready for it." After Mrs. Parks's arrest, the narrative's focus shifts to the 25 members of the Women's Political Council, who met secretly to stage the bus boycott. Inventively juxtaposing textures, patterns, geometric shapes and angles, Collier's watercolor and collage art presents a fitting graphic accompaniment to the poetic text. After viewing an image of Martin Luther King, Jr., encouraging a crowd to walk rather than ride the buses, readers open a dramatic double-page foldout of the Montgomery masses walking for nearly a year before the Supreme Court finally ruled that segregation on buses was illegal. A fresh take on a remarkable historic event and on Mrs. Parks's extraordinary integrity and resolve. Ages 5-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Parks, Rosa, -- 1913-2005.
African American women -- Alabama -- Montgomery -- Biography.
African Americans -- Alabama -- Montgomery -- Biography.
Civil rights workers -- Alabama -- Montgomery -- Biography.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Alabama -- Montgomery -- History -- 20th century.
Segregation in transportation -- Alabama -- Montgomery -- History -- 20th century.
Montgomery (Ala.) -- Race relations.
Montgomery (Ala.) -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Scholastic,2006
Contributors Collier, Bryan.
Language English
Notes "This edition is available for distribution only through the school market"--P. [4] of cover.
Awards Coretta Scott King Award, illustrator, 2006
Caldecott Honor Book, 2006
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 043989994X
0439898838
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