Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Who Was Rosa Parks?

Who Was Rosa Parks?
by Yona Zeldis McDonough, illustrated by Stephen Marchesi

Who Was Rosa Parks? (Amazon / Library) is a great introduction to the life of this pillar of the civil rights movement, starting well before that day on the bus. Her story begins by showing us her childhood in rural Alabama, following her through her youth, married life, and her work for the NAACP. What we see is that December day in 1955 was just one more step along a her journey as an activist fighting for justice.

Each chapter takes on a time in her life and give the reader a sense of what what going on around her and how that influenced her, as well as how she played an active role in her community working for civil rights. The book is filled with detailed black and white drawings illustrating her story and bringing key incidents to life on the page.

Who Was Rosa Parks? (Library) wins the Self-Rescuing Princess Society seal of approval for tackling the often complex issues around racism and sexism in the 1940s and 50s in a way that can be easily understood by young readers. It's part of a great series of Who Was...? books, and is a good resource for middle grade readers interested in learning about this important woman in American history.

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