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Rosa's Bus: The Ride to Civil Rights / by Jo S. Kittinger, illustrated by Steven Walker

Title: Rosa's Bus: The Ride to Civil Rights
Author: Jo S. Kittinger
Illustrator: Steven Walker
Publisher: Calkins Creek
ISBN: 978-1-59078-722-9
Year: 2010

Concepts: discrimination, racial inequality, social justice, boycotts

Review: Rosa Parks’ courageous act of refusing to give up her seat on a public bus for a white person played a pivotal role in sparking the Montgomery bus boycott during the civil rights movement. Her act of defiance came at a time when the black community was fed up with the discriminatory practices that forced blacks to ride in the backs of buses and stand up when there were insufficient seats for whites, and civil rights leaders stood ready for legal battle.

This beautifully-illustrated book provides younger readers with a succinct account of Rosa Parks’ contribution to social justice in simple terms they can comprehend. Clearly woven into the historical narrative are lessons of consumer discrimination and unequal treatment by race. Teachers and parents will find Rosa’s Bus a useful resource for introducing young students to important events in the civil rights movement.

Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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