Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation

Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation


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This story begins with shoes.
This story is all for true.
This story walks. And walks. And walks.
To the blues.

Rosa Parks took a stand by keeping her seat on the bus. When she was arrested for it, her supporters protested by refusing to ride. Soon a community of thousands was coming together to help one another get where they needed to go. Some started taxis, some rode bikes, but they all walked and walked.

With dogged feet. With dog-tired feet. With boycott feet. With boycott blues.

And, after 382 days of walking, they walked Jim Crow right out of town. . . .

Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney present a poignant, blues-infused tribute to the men and women of the Montgomery bus boycott, who refused to give up until they got justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060821180
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/30/2008
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 233,636
Product dimensions: 9.70(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the author of many acclaimed picture books and young adult novels. She received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award for Let It Shine. Her collaborations with her husband, Brian Pinkney, include Peggony-Po; Sleeping Cutie; Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa; Dear Benjamin Banneker; and the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra. She is a children's book editor at a major publishing company. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Brian Pinkney has illustrated numerous books for children, including two Caldecott Honor books, The Faithful Friend, by Robert D. San Souci, and Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra, by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Mr. Pinkney's own books include Hush, Little Baby; Cosmo and the Robot; Max Found Two Sticks; JoJo's Flying Side Kick; and The Adventures of Sparrowboy, winner of the 1997 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Brian Pinkney has received the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration and three Coretta Scott King Honor Awards. He lives with his wife, Andrea, and their children in Brooklyn, New York.

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Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Pangle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With amazing broad brush strokes dipped in bold color, Brian Pinkney paints the picture of Rosa Parks as Andrea Pinkney tells her story. This is a "blues-infused" story about the many men and women who stood up for their rights during the Montgomery bus boycott and refused to give up until they got justice. Amazing book, amazing illustrations.
ebruno on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The days of the Jim Crow laws are portrayed in this book through illustrations and rhythmic text to set the tone for the historical bus boyycott in Montegomery, AL, in December 1955.
JTNguyen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book takes readers in depth to the Montgomery bus boycott. Not only does it show how Rosa Parks inspired a nation, but the determination of the people of Montgomery that drove away Jim Crow. A very inspiring book about strength, pride, and freedom.
mmleynek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personal Response:I have always admired Rosa Parks for her courage and willingness to stand up for what she believed in. The rhythm of this book makes it an easy read. The pictures add to the dark tone of the book.Curricular Connections:I would use this for a Social Studies unit on the Civil Rights movement
tlcalderon4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A blues guitar playing hound dog is the narrator of this historical tale. It documents how Rosa Parks stood up to the segregation in Montegomery, Alabama, and how this led to the boycotting of the bus system and the eventual overturning of segregation laws by the Supreme Court. It emphasizes the struggle of the boycotters, who walked or cycled wherever they needed to go, no matter how far it was, or how hot it was, or how long it took to make their point known. Blues music is a major theme, as the narration sounds as if it were being sung by an old bluesman. This is also reflected in the artwork of the book, with lots of blue color schemes and scenes of pride in the face of hardship.