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The Bus Ride that Changed History: The Story of Rosa Parks

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
In 1955, a young African-American woman named Rosa Parks took a big step for civil rights when she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger. The bus driver told her to move. Jim Crow laws told her to move. But Rosa Parks stayed where she was, and a chain of events was set into motion that would eventually change the course of American history.

Fifty years l
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 26th 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Rosa Parks sparked a Civil Rights Movement when she refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. There was a law that stated that Black passengers had to give up their seats for white passengers. Rosa Parks courageous actions helped to turn things around for all Black people.

This book deserves a five star rating. The illustrations were beautiful and definitely helped with understanding the story. This book kind of reminds me of the book "The House that Jack Built."
May 06, 2015 Naomi rated it it was ok
I had a hard time with this book even though it is written on a topic that kids have to learn about our history. It was very confusing. I agree with another reviewer about The House that Jack Built comparison. The cartoons didn't help with explaining this important story in history. It was in bits and pieces which made it difficult to follow.

There are much better books out there on the Rosa Parks story.

Apr 16, 2012 Libby.dorger rated it it was amazing
The book starts with a historical introduction of the civil rights events surrounding the bus incident in Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955. Four narrators, two African American boys and two girls, provide additional input to the main story about segregation in all aspects of life. As the book explains the story of Rosa Parks that day in the bus, the children make it easier for younger readers to understand why segregation is wrong. Each page introduces a new character that is in oppositio ...more
Feb 22, 2015 Brianna rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed how the author put this book together. By using children in the story, guiding the story along, it created a child friendly environment for a pretty serious situation (that children should learn about). This is a great book to teach younger children about Rosa Parks and her story.
Dec 10, 2012 Brittany rated it liked it
Genre: Biographical

Summary: this book tells of the events leading up to the Civil Rights Movement and what happened the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat

A) Setting
B) This book tells the actual events of what happened the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. This book details the setting of who/what/when/where
C) Specifically, when the children are going back in time and explaining what terms mean "colored", and sitting in different part of the bus, the text describes Mont
Often times stories are redone in that redundant slowly building This is the House that Jack Built kind of way. Sometimes they are done well and other times not so much; this was in the latter category. I can’t think of any age group that would enjoy hearing this book.
Rosa Park is an African woman who was brave enough to stand up against a white man in the mid 1950's. This book tells its readers about the fight that Rosa Parks went through to help her 'people' gain desegregation. After many years of fighting Rosa Parks wins and her 'people' get the fairness that they deserve. This is a historical fiction picture book that would be useful for history lessons in Elementary schools.
Taylor Baker-Gower
Feb 04, 2016 Taylor Baker-Gower rated it liked it
Happy Birthday, Rosa!
May 26, 2012 Katy rated it really liked it
I used this book in my classroom to trace the Civil Rights movement in American history. A great book, starting with a few well-selected words on a two page pictorial view, with the words getting longer and the pictures getting smaller as the events changed. The nuances of the words, repeating similar to the familiar "House that Jack Built," and the changing span of the picture background subtly magnifies the message.

This is a wonderful book, not only for the classroom, but for a child's persona
Sabrina Henry
The author did a wonderful job in retelling this story at children's level. It was simple and clear. This story is built around the historical event of Rosa Parks of the famous bus ride.

It helps to give children a taste of a part of important history in America. The illustrations are simple and created in a somewhat cartoon-like style; which I find to be child-friendly. A great book to use to teach children new vocabulary and comprehension.
Debra Landay
Oct 09, 2010 Debra Landay rated it really liked it
This story introduces the segregation laws of the South, and introduces us to Rosa Parks. The author and illustrator work together to tell the story in a picture and cartoon format in which we have cartoon figures mediating the pictures. As the story builds, the text is uses a pattern similar to "This is the House That Jack Built." The books message is "Sometimes it just takes one person to be brave."
Seher Patka
Apr 21, 2011 Seher Patka rated it it was amazing
Shelves: social-studies
A great book that incorporates writer's craft and S.S.--the civil rights movement. A book about how Rosa Parks took a heroic step in history which led to a chain of events in the Civil Rights Movement. Every page adds a line to the previous lines from previous pages. Helps students remember the chain of events.
Brandi North
Oct 11, 2013 Brandi North rated it liked it
This book does an excellent job of re telling the story of Rosa Parks at the children's level. I would use this book in my social studies class to inform the students about rosa parks and how she took a stand for herself and everyone of her kind! Excellent! Picture were also good!
I liked this book because it gives accurate information about what happened with Rosa Parks. There is commentary at the bottom of each page from kids. This is like having a built in read aloud. This is a great book to get students thinking about the Civil Rights movement.
Natalie Schmitt
Apr 22, 2012 Natalie Schmitt rated it really liked it
Shelves: ece-3601, history
This book explains the story of Rosa Parks through kids talking. Find out what happens to Rosa Parks and how everything happened through the voices of children! This book is great to teach students how to narrate stories and shows the students a different style of writing.
The illustrations by the cartoonist from the New Yorker were interesting, but the narration was sometimes confusing, sometimes boring, and sometimes trite. It's a shame, this could have been a really great introduction to Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement.
Mina Saeed
Apr 23, 2011 Mina Saeed rated it it was amazing
Shelves: social-studies
In this book they tell about Rosa Parks and how she didnt move to the back of the bus when a white man told her to
Use it during the topic of the civil rights movement

Jeffrey Riley
Jul 27, 2009 Jeffrey Riley added it
Shelves: dearmore
During this read aloud, students shared how they would feel if they were asked to move to another seat because of the color of their skin.
Apr 19, 2012 Haim rated it really liked it
A very good book that shows how one person can change the country. A good basic book for children
Apr 02, 2010 Robin rated it it was amazing
Use with Racial Prejudice Unit.
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Pamela Duncan Edwards grew up in northern England and moved to the United States several years ago with her husband and two sons. She has lived in the Washington, D.C. area ever since. Her father wrote children’s stories for magazines in England and his love of children’s literature was a huge influence on her. Pamela taught preschool for eleven years in England before becoming a children’s librar ...more
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