On a December evening in 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. She was arrested and put in jail. But Rosa Parks fought back, along with many other African Americans. After a long struggle, their heroic efforts launched the modern Civil Rights Movement. How could one quiet, gentle woman have started it all? This is her story.
Author Biography: Eloise Greenfield is a poet and the author of over thirty books for children, including Africa Dream, a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, and Honey, I Love. She lives in Washington, D.C.
About the Author
Eloise Greenfield is the author of an illustrious list of books for young people, including The Friendly Four, a Texas 2x2 Reading List book; In the Land of Words, an NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts; and How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea, winner of a Bank Street Children's Book Award—all illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. She is a recipient of the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award; the Coretta Scott King Author Award; the Award of Excellence from the Washington, D.C., branch of the National Writing Project; the Milner Award; the Hope S. Dean Award from the Foundation for Children's Literature; and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Ms. Greenfield lives in Washington, D.C.
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Rosa was not afraid, although the white boy was near his mother. When he pushed her, Rosa pushed him back.
"Why did you put your hands on my child?" the mother asked.
"Because he pushed me," Rosa said.
"Don't you know that I could have you put in jail?" the mother asked.
Rosa answered, I don't want to be pushed by your son or anyone else."
And she walked on.
That was in Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, where Rosa lived. She was a child then, and not many people knew her. But after she grew up, everyone in Montgomery and people all over the United States and, the world would know about Rosa Parks.Rosa Parks. Copyright © by Eloise Greenfield. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Rosa Parks" explains her life as a child through to becoming a prominent member of the NAACP, whose actions led to desegregation of buses in Montegomery, Alabama. As a child, she did not like having to drink from certain water fountains or having to go to a different lunch counter to buy a soda. This followed her the rest of her life and she wanted to make a change. The thing she hated most was having to ride in the back of the bus when she payed her dues just as everyone else, so Mrs. Parks decided one day that she was going to sit where she wanted and not get up for a white man. Through this it explains the hardships that she had to go through in order to have equality for African Americans when riding the Montgomery buses, which inspired African Americans all over to seek for fairness. This biography is a perfect story to read aloud to students when learning about segregation. This story could lead into other lessons further studying the NAACP or Dr. Martin Luther King.
"Rosa Parks" is a book that explores Rosa Parks live and shows the discrimination agains blacks in the south. It portrays Rosa Parks and shows how much she hated the discrimination. The books shows the things she did and the major thing she did to help change the ways for her people. This was a great book to show how one woman can help change things. I cannot really relate to this book because I have never really had to overcome a thing as significate as she has.In the classroom I would have the tell what they would do if they were Rosa Parks and how they would help change society. The students can also tell about a time they might have had to overcome a problem.