The Bus Ride
Sarah and her mother ride the bus each morning, but the girl wonders why they have to sit in the back, apart from the white people. Her curiosity inspires her to make that short but significant journey to the first few seats. This seemingly innocent act lands Sarah in jail for breaking the law and triggers actions that alter not only Sarah's daily bus trip but the lives of...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Lee & Low Books
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“The Bus Ride” by Willian Miller, illustrated by John Ward. It is a great story about a young African-American girl’s curiosity for why sitting in the front of a city bus was so special. She got in trouble because she sat in the front of the bus and refused to sit in the back. To her, it didn’t make sense what the big deal was and why it was a law. This incident made her go to police station, media attention, and enough support from the community that things started to change. People that suppor...more
William Miller's, "The Bus Ride" is very similar to the famous story about Rosa Parks. As a matter of fact, the book actually includes an introductory note from Rosa Parks right after the bright orange end pages. The note addresses discrimination, a brief overview of her story, and her advice to stand up for what is right. The story follows a young African American girl named Sara who gets in trouble for sitting at the front of the bus instead of the back, where "her people" belong. Sara takes a...more
To start off I think this book is a great picture book to start off with when teaching kids about Rosa Parks, the Civil Rights movement, etc. The text is engaging and interesting and the pictures show what is happening in the text, giving a visual. You wouldn't necessarily need the pictures for the text but you would need the text for the pictures. The illustrations are done in acrylic paint on canvas and posses realistic qualities. The illustrations seem to be magnified, in the way that every p...more
This story was very similar to the Rosa Parks story. i like this story better because it is like the childrens versions of the whole situation. I also like the little girls innocents. she didn't understand what the big deal was about the front of the bus. This story can make children understand that they can stick up for what they believe in. I also liked how the illustrator was very detailed in making the characters faces look real. I also liked how the illustrator used different textures for t...more
Apr 30, 2013 Mariah rated it 5 of 5 stars
This book puts a twist on the story of Rosa Parks. Instead of Rosa Parks it is a young girl that will not give up her seat on the bus. Although this book does not give factual information it is good because it tells Rosa Parks' story in a new way. This is a good book for teachers to have to go along with Rosa Parks but not the only book to use.