Title: Coretta Scott
Author: Ntozake Shange
Illustrator: Kadir Nelson
Concepts: boycott, discrimination
Review: Ntozake Shange's narrative poem follows Coretta Scott King's life from a young girl to her activist work for civil rights and racial equality. The poem contains not only Coretta Scott's life story, but also the cultural milieu that influenced and was influenced by her. Specific events discussed include the Montgomery bus boycott and the March on Washington.
The poetry is more evocative than informative, but there is a biographical explanation at the end of the book that provides all the background details of the events discussed in the book. The richly colorful and detailed painted illustrations add to the beauty of this book.
This book will introduce young children to a dark time in our country's history, but will also introduce children to inspiring individuals who stood up to injustice. Children will also see the power of boycotts and sit-ins to change a nation.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children