Friday, October 14, 2011
Review: Rosa Parks: From the Back of the Bus to the Front of a Movement
Rosa Parks: From the Back of the Bus to the Front of a Movement by Camilla Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book tells the tale of one of the most impressive women in the civil rights movement in a manner that is very straightforward and easy to understand. It takes the reader from her childhood all the way up to near the end of her life, as it was published four years before her death in 2005. Rosa Parks was very under-appreciated in her heyday, downtrodden by the white majority and even the males that were her fellow fighters for equal rights. Both racism and sexism were huge issues in Parks' life, and she dealt with both in the same way: by not bending, and steadfastly and patiently doing what she could with what she had. Thankfully, her hard work was recognized within her lifetime. Her story is an inspiring one, and it is laid out clearly in this book. Highly recommended for grades 3-5.
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