Rosa by Nikki Giovanni is a stand-out children's book that provides "a handsome and thought-provoking introduction" (School Library Journal) to Rosa Parks's role in the Civil Rights Movement.
Full of stunning collage illustrations by Bryan Collier, this middle grades book starts with Park's life as a seamstress, then moves to her famous refusal to relinquish her seat on the bus. From there the story progresses to other key events and people in the movement.
We mostly like this book because of Bryan Collier's interesting collage
illustrations, which are a mixture of
watercolor and collage and so uniquely
That's not to say we don't like the text and storyline, however. We
agree with Booklist,
who said in a starred
review that teachers will appreciate that "history comes clear in the
astonishing combination of the personal and the political."
This book would be a
perfect choice to use when teaching about the
civil rights movement, courage, American heroes, or even on Rosa Parks
Interest Level: Gr. 3-5 DRA Level: 50 Lexile Measure: 900L
Grade Equivalent: 5.1 Guided Reading: T
* Caldecott Honor Book
* American Library Association Notable Children's Book 2006
* American Library Association Coretta Scott King Award 2006
Below are sample pages from inside Rosa by Nikki Giovanni & Bryan Collier
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